Members of the Syrian government forces stand guard as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs, under a deal with the Syrian regime on Wednesday. Photograph Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Scores of people left the last area held by insurgents in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday under a local truce between the government and rebels,(...)

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s defence ministry on Monday shows air strikes carried  in Syria. Photograph: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Reuters

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed that Russia is using warships in the Caspian Sea to target Islamic State in Syria. Mr Shoigu told (...)

A billboard depicting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the old city of Homs. Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean president Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war. The arabic on the billboard reads ‘Together, we will build it’. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syria’s defence minister has visited government army units to the east of Homs city, state television reported on Thursday, in what appeared to be the(...)

Bilal El Makhoukhi (L) and Michael Delefortrie (R), who are suspected of being part of Sharia4Belgium, arrive for the verdict in the trial of the group in Antwerp. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A Belgian court jailed the head of Sharia4Belgium for 12 years on Wednesday, ruling that his Islamist group was a terrorist organisation that brainwas(...)

Rebel fighters walk around the Hamidiya base, one of two military posts they took control of from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Monday. Photograph: Reuters.

Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base, (...)