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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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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

Syria's Kurds move towards autonomy with announcement of transitional government

Areas dominated by Kurds in the north-east of the country would be ruled by the new government

Diplomats fail to agree on date for new Syria peace talks in Geneva

The United Nations’ top Syria envoy has said that diplomats had failed to agree on a date for new peace talks.

Car bomb in northern Syria 'kills 20'

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.

Nobel Peace Prize: Syrians ask ‘What peace?’ As deaths continue

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.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) building in The Hague, The Netherlands

The winner isn’t... Malala Yousafzai misses out as chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

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’ 

A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria chemical weapons: Experts start destroying Bashar al-Assad's arsenal

The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday

Syrian government airstrike 'targets school' killing at least eight children

UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says death toll is expected to rise as raids hit northern city of al-Raqqa

Firm friends: Mollifying words from Presidents Hassan Rouhani, and Vladimir Putin have not changed matters in Syria

While Iran and the US talk of peace, the real war keeps going

World View: Ethnic cleansing continues as President Rouhani prepares to address the UN on Tuesday

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Syria crisis: Assad regime submits details of chemical weapons to watchdog

Submission was a condition of US-Russian agreement

Syria crisis: Assad regime wants ceasefire after war reaches ‘stalemate’

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

Missile strikes in Damascus are ignored by the city’s middle classes who 'pretend that the war is not happening'

The death toll in Syria continues to rise - whoever is doing the counting

To the sound of the bombardment of rebel sites, Robert Fisk in Damascus discusses the victim tally with an Assad supporter

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov reached a deal with the US in Geneva, but French meetings made less progress

Russia oppose US threats to keep the Assad deal in place

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

Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out UK troops being deployed to provide experts with security

Free Syrian Army fighters sit at their guard post

Planning, not rifles, is what the Syrian rebels say they need from the fickle US

As Assad and Putin ‘outmanoeuvre’ Obama, fighters expect more from their Western ally. By Kim Sengupta

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