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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (c) meets members of a ministerial committee responsible for establishing a framework aimed at ending the two-year conflict with anti-government forces last week. Photograph: Reuters/Sana.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilise the Middl(...)

Syrian refugees at a demonstration at the Za’atari refugee camp, near the border with Syria, calling for the international community to arm the rebel Free Syrian Army, in February. Photograph: Khalil mazraawi/AFP/Getty

The United Nations has given its starkest warning yet that it will soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jo(...)

A man walks past damaged houses on a street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading anti-regime activist (...)

Suicide bomb attacks have been on the rise since the beginning of the year as the Syrian war exacerbates Iraq's own security situation by giving a boost to the local wing of al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq or ISI. Photograph:  Ali Arkady/Getty Images

A suicide bomber drove an oil tanker packed with explosives into a local Iraqi government compound today, killing at least nine people, mostly poli(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing in St Peter’s Square, attending by up to 300,000 faithful and tourists, at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: L’osservatore Romano/AP Photomano

Pope Francis rounded off an intense week of Easter celebrations when bestowing his first Urbi et Orbi (...)

Pope Francis delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ko(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu oversee large-scale military exercises at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar region. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian president Vladimir Putin has inspected major naval exercises in the Black Sea that have alarmed some of Russia’s neigh(...)

Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib (second from right) arrives at the opening of its embassy in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.  A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria has opened its first embassy there.  Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous

A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria opened its first embassy in Qatar yesterday in a di(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position behind sandbags in Aleppo earlier this week. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

The head of Syria's main opposition group resigned today, in a blow to a diminishing moderate wing of the two-year uprising against President B(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Jordan's King Abdullah at the airport in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq today where a senior US official said he would urge prime minister Nuri al-(...)

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