UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura  is welcomed by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Syrian government and opposition teams begin a fifth round of talks in Geneva on Thursday in an effort to end six years of war that has killed 350,000(...)

Jihad Makdissi: The head  of the opposition Cairo Platform called Russia’s role in ending the Syrian conflict “essential”. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

A Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition group has cast doubt on the Damascus government’s willingness to reach agreement as talks on a peace deal continue(...)

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the  Syrian delegations at talks in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura yesterday appealed to the Syrian government and opposition to take advantage of the historic opportunity offered by th(...)

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura: said Russia had promised to urge the Syrian government to halt aerial and ground attacks on insurgent-held areas. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura does not expect a breakthrough in the fourth round of talks between the Syrian government and oppone(...)

An image shows a pool of blood and damage tp a classroom after it was reportedly hit by rebel rocket fire in the Furqan neighbourhood of the government-held side of west Aleppo, on Sunday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

The remaining hospitals on the rebel-held side of Aleppo have been badly damaged and forced to stop providing care amid an intensifying bombardment, a(...)

It is being described as a fragile ceasefire. It’s barely that. The violence across Syria over the last few weeks has taken hundreds of lives; in batt(...)

UN special envoy   for Syria Staffan de Mistura:  He warned about “spoilers” such as Islamic State and  Jabhat al-Nusra  who are eager to see the talks in Geneva  fail. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia will begin withdrawing the majority of its forces from Syria as Syrian peace talks began (...)

UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura: Kurds have a right to be included in future talks. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Files

Syrian peace talks are set to begin on Monday in Geneva as Syrians mark the anniversary of the start of an uprising that became a civil conflict and a(...)

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)

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