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

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

Syrian rebels claim rocket attack hit Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade

Doubts remain over President’s safety after he is seen attending prayers for Eid al-Fitr

Injured men walk away from the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa

Syria opposition advances despite losing 62 fighters in ambush by President Assad's forces

Jihadists seize military airport near Aleppo and claim to have killed 200 government troops

Hezbollah leader renews support for Palestinians in rare speech

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah appeared in public for the first time in almost two years today, declaring his continued support for Palestinians to ecstatic cheers from a Beirut crowd.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus

Syrian conflict: Only reversals on the battlefield will bring opposition to negotiating table

While President Assad, buoyed by a recent win in Homs, has praised his soldier's bravery in the face of 'the fiercest barbaric war in modern history'

UK to send £650,000's worth of equipment to help Syrian rebels with defences

Britain is to supply rebels in Syria with defences against chemical attacks, including protective hoods, after repeated claims that regime forces have been using  sarin gas.

Members of the Free Syrian Army in Homs

Syrian rebels offer Assad truce in Homs during Ramadan

New opposition leader offers cease-fire for duration of Muslim holy month as Hezbollah and Assad forces besiege strategic city

Syrian government soldiers in the main square of the city of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border

Syria civil war: Britain increases military aid to Lebanon, to protect border

General Sir David Richards cites 'UK's commitment to Lebanon's stability, democracy and sovereignty'

Lebanon: Protesters gather in support of militant Ahmad al Assir

Large crowds poured into the streets in the troubled northern Lebanese city of Tripoli today in support of the radical Sunni sheikh Ahmad al Assir, whose followers fought fierce battles with the Lebanese army this week.

Lebanese soldiers during clashes in Sidon

Dozens dead as Syrian war spreads to Lebanese coastal city of Sidon

Snipers out on the streets as Lebanese army scours city for anti-Hezbollah cleric

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

John Kerry was among foreign ministers meeting in Doha

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations papered over their differences on Syria to agree a joint position at the G8 summit

G8: World leaders appeal to allies of Assad to force the Syrian President to surrender power

Loyalists could have a future in a new Syria if they topple their President

Gunmen and followers of hardline Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir pass in front of Lebanese army soldiers in the southern port city of Sidon

Syria spillover into Lebanon intensifies with clashes in Sidon

Army moves in after fighting between Sunni cleric’s followers and Hezbollah supporters

David Cameron welcoming President Putin to the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland; the Prime Minister believes they have some common ground over Syria

David Cameron tells Russia at G8 summit: Join the club or face isolation on Syria

David Cameron on Monday evening made a final attempt to bounce Russia into supporting a future for Syria without President Bashar al-Assad.

Tony Blair has said the Government should consider imposing a no-fly zone over Syria

Syrian civil war: Tony Blair calls for intervention after use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah involvement

Former PM: 'We should be taking a more interventionist line. That’s where I come from in politics'

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