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Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

A Syrian official was quoted yesterday as saying western intelligence agencies had sent representatives to the Damascus government to discuss (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a bicycle with his weapon at the Tameko pharmaceutical factory, after the FSA claimed to have taken control of the factory, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Yaseen Abelall/Reuters

The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to discuss security cooperation (...)

Syria’s deputy Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said yesterday the government would attend the US-Russian-sponsored peace conference set to conve(...)

A supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad holds a placard during her participation with others in “Over our Bodies”, a campaign to organise human shields against possible US strikes, at Qasion Mountain overlooking the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Tensions over the Syrian crisis spiked briefly yesterday when Russian radar reported that two ballistic “objects” had been fired over the eastern Medi(...)

President Barack Obama  has promised to take punitive action against Syria over last month’s poison gas attack in Damascus but wants Congress to vote on the issue first. Photograph: New York Times

The rebel Free Syrian Army has claimed it is benefiting from a delay in an expected US-led strike on Syria, and has guaranteed President Bashar al-As(...)

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