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Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Louay Safi of the Syrian National Coalition, one of the groups pressing for a transitional government

Syria Geneva II talks: Breakthrough in sight with humanitarian corridor that could see aid convoy heading to Homs within 48 hours

Humanitarian aid reaching desperate people trapped by the fighting could be the first tangible step in the talks between the regime and rebels in Syria, with a convoy moving to besieged Homs within 48 hours.

Demonstrators protest against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the UN offices in Geneva during the talks on Friday

Syria Geneva II talks: the long road to peace?

At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed

Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), speaks to the press in Geneva, Switzerland

Syria rebels say Russia is prepared to drop Assad

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are due to start talking on Friday after three years of savage strife.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre) welcomes delegates hoping to bring an end to Syria’s civil war to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Syria peace talks: John Kerry leads calls for removal of President Bashar al-Assad

The Geneva II peace talks witness bitter opening exchanges from both sides

Speaking in New York last night, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said Iran 'needs to be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis'

Syria peace talks: Geneva II is the only hope for Syria – and Iran should have been part of it

The UN’s view has been that Tehran should have a place at the table

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Thirty years on from Amritsar: If the SAS were involved, it will embarrass the UK

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Rebel groups now fight each other as well as the army

'You need to go to Geneva': Opposition source reveals threat made by Britain and US over Syria peace talks

The two Western powers could withdraw support from the rebels unless they attend

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Men help a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma area of Damascus earlier this week

Syria's three-way war: Free Syrian Army rebels fight the regime and, now, the Islamists

As Bashar al-Assad’s troops press forward into the strategically important city of Homs, moderate, secular Syrian rebels must fight his forces back while also taking on an al-Qa’ida affiliate that is no longer on their side

A Pave Hawk helicopter, military personnel and emergency services attend the scene of the crash on the coast near Cley

Norfolk helicopter crash: US servicemen named as live ammunition hampers probe into cause of accident

Initial theory is that the aircraft may have been brought down by a bird strike as the crash site is close to breeding grounds of wildfowl

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