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
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Al-Qa'ida-linked Syrian rebels ask for 'understanding and forgiveness' after mistakenly decapitating the wrong person
Friday 15 November 2013
In a gruesome video posted online earlier this week two men are shown displaying the head of a bearded man in front of a crowd of people
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Areas dominated by Kurds in the north-east of the country would be ruled by the new government
Tuesday 05 November 2013
The United Nations’ top Syria envoy has said that diplomats had failed to agree on a date for new peace talks.
Monday 14 October 2013
A car bomb killed at least 20 people on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Darkoush, close to the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Friday 11 October 2013
The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile came amid a flurry of anger, with many Syrians incredulous that the prize could be awarded to the organisation so soon after chemical weapons were used against civilians in the country.
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Friday 11 October 2013
Little-known watchdog gets Nobel recognition for work trying to rid world of chemical weapons – but critics point to recent genocide in Syria and claim award is ‘premature’
Sunday 06 October 2013
The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday
Sunday 29 September 2013
UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says death toll is expected to rise as raids hit northern city of al-Raqqa
Sunday 22 September 2013
World View: Ethnic cleansing continues as President Rouhani prepares to address the UN on Tuesday
Saturday 21 September 2013
Submission was a condition of US-Russian agreement
Friday 20 September 2013
Deputy Prime Minister says there is a 'zero balance of forces' between the state and the rebels - as local truce between in-fighting opposition groups makes it starkly clear how difficult united peace talks will be
Thursday 19 September 2013
To the sound of the bombardment of rebel sites, Robert Fisk in Damascus discusses the victim tally with an Assad supporter
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Far from celebrating a return to the world stage, the mood in Moscow is apprehensive
Syria crisis: UK weapons experts could be sent to assist international efforts to rid Assad regime of chemical weapons
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out UK troops being deployed to provide experts with security
Friday 13 September 2013
As Assad and Putin ‘outmanoeuvre’ Obama, fighters expect more from their Western ally. By Kim Sengupta
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