People take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday demanding immediate political change. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s attempt to quell public anger in Algeria has failed as thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday to declare (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  with Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu   in Ankara. Tillerson said  the Syrian people would decide the future of President Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has delivered on a campaign pledge by instructing the US military to focus on defeating Islamic State rather than toppling S(...)

A pile of rubble where explosives from Islamic State  levelled the stone walls and most of the Roman columns at the city gate of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Unesco was created in 1945 to foster a spirit of collaboration between nations. The preamble to its Constitution reads: “Since wars begin in the minds(...)

 Lakhdar Brahimi: he told the UN Security Council in mid-March he saw no reason for staying on if President Assad went ahead with a presidential election.     Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran UN mediator tapped to help broker a political settlement in Syria, resigned yesterday, signalling the bleak prospects for(...)

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(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi during a press conference at the end of the Arab Summit in Kuwait City, yesterday. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Arab League leaders concluded their 25th summit yesterday with a united call for a political solution to the (...)

Syrian soldiers  in Yabroud town, rural Damascus, over the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Sana handout

The Syrian army, bolstered by fighters from Lebanon’s Hizbullah movement, yesterday captured the insurgent st(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference with Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa (left) at the Pancasila building in Jakarta today. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a statement blaming the Syrian government for the deadlock in peace talks but asserted that the Uni(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters throw stones towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

Britain and France have blamed Damascus for the deadlock in the Syrian peace talks after the second round ended with no progress as the Homs evacua(...)

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