The team were unable to reach some sites, including the burial places, because there are 'hundreds of mines' left
Mr Johnson said the win is a 'victory for archaeology'
The successful advance of the army marks an important moment for Assad, but it will be difficult for to them to gain much ground further east
While thousands starve as the conflict rages on, the UN’s peace efforts have resumed in a lakeside palace
Five years ago, we were high on Arab revolutions, and journalists were growing used to 'liberating' Arab capitals
Brahimi says Russian offer to force Assad to step aside in 2012 was a missed opportunity
As Stalingrad-size casualties mount in civil war Syria today, it's worth remembering how the French and British thought they could create a 'modern' Syria in 1941
Overall violence is thought to have fallen by 90 per cent in the first five days of the truce
The 'cessation of hostilities' is due to start on Saturday but does not apply to Isis, al-Qaeda or other designated terrorist groups
Villages that remained loyal to the Syrian regime have paid a steep price
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, he added that he was 'ready' for a ceasefire
Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign affairs minister, said there would have to be assurance weapons would not 'fall into the wrong hands'
Bashar al-Assad said a planned 'cessation of hostilities' would not be carried out by regime forces
Tens of thousands of people are believed to have fled government troops and Russian bomberdment
Saudi officials have stated that they want to fight Isis and see President Bashar al-Assad removed
Surprise agreement to halt fighting and allow humanitarian access already looks shaky, as it makes no mention of the Russian air strikes that are widely believed to be targeting anti-Assad rebel grops. Laura Pitel reports from Istanbul