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

William Hague seeks global action on Syria following talks with John Kerry

William Hague has warned that the international community must be “prepared to do more” to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US secretary of state John Kerry.

Syria: 60 Shia Muslims massacred in rebel ‘cleansing’ of Hatla

Opposition activists claim attack on Hatla was incited by President Assad’s decision to arm villagers

A rebel fighter in Aleppo, which could soon come under an assault from pro-Assad forces

Syria civil war: President Bashar al-Assad's forces plan assault on rebels in Aleppo

The city is still split between rebel-held and government-held areas

Syrian government soldiers in Qusayr

Syria: President Assad’s forces plan to re-take Aleppo with Hezbollah after capturing border town of Qusayr

Rebels lose strategic town of Qusayr after three weeks of bitter fighting

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Britain joins France in confirming deadly nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria

UN report claims chemical weapons have been used by both sides in civil war

Clashes in Lebanon leave six dead

Six people were killed in clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli and gunmen attacked a cleric in the southern port of Sidon on Monday, in further violence stoked by civil war in neighbouring Syria.

The passports of the two dead Westerners

British jihadi one of three Westerners killed in Syria in battle with Assad regime

Family confirm death of American woman also fighting Assad’s forces as part of Islamist group loyal to al-Qa’ida

Syrian rebels cannot be clumped into one group

They share the same aim - the removal of Assad from power - but they are not the same

The S-300s have a range of up to 125 miles and can track and strike multiple targets simultaneously

Syria civil war: Russia's S-300 anti-aircraft missiles won't reach Assad until autumn, claims official

Claim contradicts Assad's claim that the missiles were already in the country

Syria: Opposition set to boycott peace talks, saying Hezbollah's involvement makes dialogue 'impossible'

Comments come as a blow to international community, which has been at loggerheads over how to end the conflict

Relatives of one of the Lebanese soldiers killed at a checkpoint mourning at his funeral

Robert Fisk: ‘We ran up to the roof. That was when the second missile killed Loulou’: Lebanon is counting the cost in human lives of the Syrian conflict

Village after Shia village had hung photos of men who went to fight for Qusayr two weeks ago

Syrian forces clashed with rebels in Aleppo

Syria arms embargo lifted: Britain and France force EU to relax ban on supplying weapons to rebels

William Hague says outcome gives 'flexibility' to deal with worsening situation

US Senator John McCain crosses into Syria for talks with rebel leader

US Senator John McCain crossed the border into Syria for talks with rebel commanders, becoming the highest-level American official to enter the country since the civil war began more than two years ago.

People from Qusair gather near houses destroyed by a Syrian forces air strike last week.

Divided Europe imperils Syrian arms embargo

With only days before sanctions expire, foreign ministers argue over sending weapons to rebels

Lebanese soldiers deploy along the demarcation line between Tripoli's Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tabbneh Syria street

Gunmen face off in Tripoli as sectarian battle escalates

Fierce fighting between Alawites and Sunnis has turned Tripoli, Lebanon, into a battleground – and brought the Syrian war home

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