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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

'He will be punished severely': Free Syrian Army vows to hunt down rebel commander Abu Sakkar filmed eating government soldier's 'heart' in gruesome propaganda video

Syria’s largest rebel group says they will punish the prominent founder of rebel group Farouq Brigade, who admitted he was the abuser in the video clip during an exclusive interview with TIME

John Kerry at St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square yesterday

Russia and US agree to hold Syrian peace conference

Regime and rebels will be invited to attend after John Kerry strikes deal with Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

A man in the video is shown foaming at the mouth - allegedly due to chemical weapons
Memebers of the rebellious Free Syrian Army, who have been fighting in the country's civil war for over two years

Syria civil war: Bashar al-Assad's fighters accused of massacre in Banias

US State Department: 'We strongly condemn atrocities against the civilian population'

Ancient Syrian minaret reduced to rubble

The 11th-century minaret of a landmark mosque in Aleppo was destroyed, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.

It is estimated that between 500 at 600 Europeans are in Syria fighting with the rebels

Europeans who fight in Syrian war ‘may be a threat at home,’ says EU counter-terrorism chief

The EU’s counter-terrorism chief has warned that Europeans travelling to Syria to join the rebels could pose a threat back home on their return , echoing concerns in Belgium where the government is considering intercepting aspiring fighters at airports.

UN agencies issue rare joint appeal for action to end bloodshed in Syria

UN says at least 70,000 people have been killed since start of conflict

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A suicide bomber detonated a  car packed with explosives in Damascus today, killing at least 15 people, setting cars and buildings on fire and sending plumes of smoke over the capital.

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John Kerry lobbies Iraq to block Iranian flights

America’s new top diplomat, John Kerry, made an unannounced visit to Iraq at the weekend to lobby the country’s leadership to tackle Iranian flights over its territory, which the US believes are being used to ferry arms to the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

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Leader of Syrian opposition Mouaz al-Khatib resigns citing lack of support from international community

Mouaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria’s opposition coalition, has resigned, citing a lack of support from the international community.

Foreign Minister William Hague speaks to the media as he departs the GYMNICH, an Informal Meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers at Dublin Castle

EU flounders as Syrian death toll mounts

European foreign ministers meeting in Dublin fail to agree over lifting the arms ban for rebels fighting the Assad regime

Both sides in Syrian civil war claim chemical weapons were used on them

The Syrian regime and rebels have traded accusations over the use of chemical weapons, allegations that if proven could force the West towards a more robust military intervention.

Britain has a responsibility to ensure tough standards are imposed on the sale of our weapons

The UN will soon meet to agree a global arms trade treaty and as events in Syria show, thousands of lives depend on on the outcome

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Rebels claim UN peacekeepers were rescued not kidnapped

Syrian rebels who claimed to have kidnapped a group of UN peacekeepers did an about-face as they said they were in fact rescuing them from danger, in an incident that has thrown a light on escalating violence in a supposed demilitarised zone on the Israeli border.

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