George Sabra

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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu stands next to US president-elect Donald Trump during their meeting in New York in September. Photograph: Reuters

US president-elect Donald Trump received a flurry of congratulatory telephone calls from Middle Eastern leaders uncertain over the policies he could (...)

 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(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked if he was concerned that a delay might lead to a loss of momentum, Mr Kerry  said: “There is not going to be a fundamental delay.” Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Talks to end Syria’s civil war may be slightly delayed but are expected to go ahead next week, US secretary of state John Kerry said yesterday. They (...)

Talks with 17 nations at the Hotel Imperial on in Vienna, Austria on Friday . Photograph: Joe Klamar/Getty

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said multi-lateral talks on Friday on the Syrian crisis had failed to reach agreement over the fate of preside(...)

A boy who survived what activists say is a gas attack cries as he takes shelter inside a mosque in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Hundreds of people, including children, are believed to have been killed in what is thought to be the most significant use of chemical weapons since t(...)

President of the Syrian National Council (SNC) George Sabra. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Sitting alone in a large conference room in Istanbul days before a crucial and ultimately fruitless Syrian National Coalition (SNC) meeting last month(...)

Hizbullah supporters attack a bus carrying anti-Hizbullah protesters in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

One person was killed and several injured in a clash between opponents and supporters of Lebanon’s Hizbullah movement outside the Iranian embassy in B(...)

Forces loyal to  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Qusayr village near the Lebanese border, where rebels relieved besieged comrades yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Rami Bleible

Rebels came to back up comrades in the besieged Syrian town of Qusayr yesterday, breaking through the blockade mounted by the Syrian army and allied f(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad interviewed for Al-Manar TV, owned by the Hizbullah, in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Sana

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad yesterday revealed that Russia has delivered advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles to Syria. “The rest of the ship(...)

Acting president of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra: “Diplomatic solutions are a farce, meaningless.” Photograph:  Reuters/Murad Sezer

The viability of the Syria peace conference due to take place in Switzerland in about a fortnight has been thrown into question by the decision of the(...)