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Fighters and veterans  march in front of the UN headquarters in the northern Kurdish Syrian city of Qamishli during a protest against Turkish threats. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack(...)

A bus transporting Syrian refugees home on the border between Syria and Lebanon. Photograph: Getty Images

The trickle of Syrian refugees returning home from Lebanon has risen to a steady flow. About 5,000 of 976,000 UN-registered refugees living in Lebanon(...)

Smoke billows following a Syrian government bombardment in the town of Douma in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. Photograph: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army intensified its onslaught in eastern Ghouta on Saturday with advances that a war monitor and state media said had splintered the encla(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma after casting their votes in Damascus, Syria: Voting was extended until midnight, but is unlikely to produce any surprises in the 250-seat assembly or challenge the dominance of the Baath party. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva yesterday, while residents living in government- held areas went to the polls in parliamentary elections dismiss(...)

 Walid Muallem, Deputy Prime Minister of Syria:  will head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem has been invited to head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks due to open in Geneva on Friday, R(...)

A medic treats an injured girl inside a field hospital after what activists said were air and missile strikes in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. The New York talks are geared to find a solution and bring peace to the war-torn state. Photograph: Reuters

The Syrian government says it hopes today’s meeting in New York of the Syria Support Group will achieve progress toward implementing the road map set (...)

The Syrian parliament in session yesterday. The parliament’s speaker, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, has announced presidential election for June 3rd.

The UN has castigated Damascus’s decision to hold Syria’s presidential election on June 3rd, arguing it would hamper efforts to achieve a negot(...)

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Armenian Christian town of Kasab on April 4th, 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

The Syrian government has exported 68 tonnes of chemical weapons, boosting the total to 65 per cent of total stocks, Syrian deputy foreign minister(...)

Since January 18th the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees has provided 6,500 food parcels for the 18,000 inhabitants of Yarmouk. Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra began withdrawing from the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee neighbourhood south of Damascus under a deal reached yesterday, Al Jazeera reported.

United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterday the second round of talks between the Syrian governmen(...)

A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up today with both sides in entrenched positions and the UN mediator expressing frustration that it had no(...)

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