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

A Syrian rebel aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in the streets near Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on 4 March 2013

UK will supply armoured vehicles to Syrian opposition forces 'in bid to end humanitarian crisis'

The supplies will personal protection equipment including body armour to help opposition figures being killed by Government forces

First British fighter killed in Syria named as Ibrahim al-Mazwagi

The first British-born casualty of the Syrian civil war has been revealed as Ibrahim al-Mazwagi, a 21-year-old jihadist who graduated from Hertfordshire University last year.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, says he will not rule out further UK intervention in Syria

William Hague dismisses Assad claims as ‘delusional’

Foreign Secretary William Hague branded Bashar al-Assad “delusional” today after the Syrian President accused Britain of fanning the flames of the country’s civil war by attempting to arm the rebels.

Editorial: William Hague has been outflanked on Syria

Britain's inability to persuade its fellow EU countries to have weapons supplied to non-Islamist groups in the Syrian opposition was a diplomatic failure waiting to happen. The result is that Britain is left wringing its hands on the sidelines, while Russia's efforts to guide future peace negotiations between the two sides seem increasingly assured and promising. To invert Douglas Hurd's famous formulation, we are punching below our weight: pressing for aggressive solutions which we lack both the muscle to impose ourselves, and the powers of argument to convince our allies to support.

Rebels capture Syrian oil field and town

Rebels have captured most of an oil field in the energy-rich north-east, the latest in a string of strategic conquests this week that also included a dam and the defences around a major airport.

Hilary Clinton is looking forward to taking a break from politics

Hillary Clinton highlights Syria challenge as she steps down as Secretary of State

It has become “a matter of great concern” to the US that Iran appears to be stepping up its support of the regime in Syria with shipments of increasingly sophisticated equipment as well as personnel into the country, Hillary Clinton said before stepping down tonight as Secretary of State.

ANISA MAKHLOUF: Bashar al-Assad’s mother has reportedly fled to Dubai

Russia to evacuate its own citizens from Syria

Russia will send planes to Beirut tomorrow to begin evacuating its citizens from Syria, an indication of the worsening security situation as rebels inch forward against the regime from their strongholds in the southern suburbs of Damascus.

Brahimi accused of 'flagrant bias' by Damascus

Damascus denounced the international envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, as “flagrantly biased” today, casting doubt on how long the UN-Arab League mediator can pursue his peace mission.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus in this still image taken from video

Army was the target audience of President's theatre at the opera house

The message for Syrians was clear: the army is the bedrock of power

Syrian civil war deaths top 60,000, says UN

At least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war, with monthly casualty figures steadily increasing since the conflict began almost two years ago, according to new figures released today by the United Nations.

Editorial: No votes are to be had in Syria

Almost two years on from the first protests against Bashar Assad's regime, in late January 2011, Western leaders, David Cameron among them, are desperate for the civil war in Syria to end. Deeply hostile to the regime in Damascus, but alarmed by the growing prominence of al-Qa'ida supporters in the ranks of the opposition, they yearn for Mr Assad to go before the Islamists become unstoppable.

Syrian opposition leader snubs invite to Moscow

Syria's opposition leader has rejected an invitation to visit Russia for peace talks, dealing another blow to international hopes that diplomacy can end the nation's 21-month civil war.

Foreign fighters fuel the sectarian flames in Syria

Fighters from as many as 29 countries have filtered into Syria to join a civil war that has split along sectarian lines, increasingly pitting the ruling Alawite community against the majority Sunni Muslims, UN human rights investigators said today.

A statement by the rebels said they ‘fully liberated’ the military base

Islamist fighters take army base as rebel forces make gains in Aleppo

An Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, its fighters said today, as forces fighting to topple President Bashar Assad advanced on the country's largest city.

Anti-regime protesters in Idlib province. The rebels appear to be gaining more ground from President Assad’s forces R

Russia denies it is switching support to Syrian rebels

Foreign Ministry insists that top diplomat’s claim of policy change 'was misinterpreted'

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