Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria,  before the resumption of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition,  in Geneva, on Monday. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

The White House meeting on Tuesday between the US and Turkish presidents, which will coincide with the opening of the fifth round of Syrian talks in G(...)

UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. “The situation is very difficult and very, very complicated,” he said of the peace talks. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Women and children are to be allowed to leave the besieged insurgent-held city of Homs “immediately”, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterd(...)