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Chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush (right) of the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group speaks with his colleague during Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on February 16th. Photograph: Stanislav Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Uncertainty continues to plague the UN effort to impose a ceasefire, deliver humanitarian aid and negotiate a political settlement in war-torn Syria. (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “We are not planning to replace Geneva with the Astana format.” Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said on Sunday that it supports the continuation of Syria peace talks under United Nations auspices, long-running negotiations which had been t(...)

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura  with chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush of the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group prior to the first session of Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Rebel fighters meeting the Syrian government for the first time in the country’s bloody six-year civil war appear to have rejected a plan for Iran to (...)

A man works to prepare the Syria peace talks conference room at the Rixos President Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

The opening of talks on Monday between Syrian government and insurgent representatives in the Kazakh capital, Astana, is the first direct encounter be(...)

Men walk along a street, with Nur-Astana mosque seen in the background, in Astana the day before the talks begin. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsevki/AFP/Getty Images

A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month hol(...)

Sergei Lavrow: The Russian foreign minister said he hoped the Trump administration would send a representative to the talks. Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov

Russia has invited the US to attend Syrian peace talks, which are due to take place in Kazakhstan three days after the inauguration of Donald Trump as(...)

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Samah, 11, and her brother, Ibrahim, transport their salvaged belongings from their damaged house in Doudyan village in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Syrian rebel groups say they are suspending talks ahead of planned peace negotiations later this month because of what they describe as continuing gov(...)

Damaged buildings in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to p(...)

Armed Syrian fighters evacuated from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo during the ceasefire arrive at a refugee camp in Rashidin, near Idlib, Syria, before Christmas. Photograph: AP Photo

The Russo-Turkish ceasefire throughout Syria, set to come into force last night, could be a game-changer if implemented, and could lead to political n(...)

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