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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Wednesday 12 December 2012
The Foreign Office condemned the move and called it 'a further act of appalling brutality'
Thursday 06 December 2012
Five men were killed in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli today during sectarian clashes between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in neighbouring Syria's civil war, residents said.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
A Syrian military air strike killed and wounded dozens of people when it hit an olive oil press near the northern city of Idlib today, activists said.
Tuesday 20 November 2012
Britain is to offer support to a coalition of Syrian rebels after recognising it as the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced today.
Saturday 17 November 2012
Rebels have captured an airport used by Syria's military near the Iraqi border, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.
Thursday 15 November 2012
The United States declined to follow France in fully recognising a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition yesterday, saying the body must prove its worth after its predecessor was dogged by feuding and accusations of Islamist domination.
Sunday 11 November 2012
Syria's fate is crucial to the future of the Lebanese group
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Syrian state television said today that an air force general was assassinated in a Damascus suburb, the latest in a string of attacks on high-level figures from President Bashar al-Assad's administration.
Friday 26 October 2012
Special report: Shia fighters coming to the regime's aid have tipped the balance of power. Loveday Morris meets beleaguered rebels taking sanctuary a few kilometres from the border
Friday 26 October 2012
Ceasefires are always a fragile arrangement. So much can go wrong that some last barely beyond the announcement, and others produce a spike of bloodshed as they end. The agreement of a four-day cessation of violence in Syria's increasingly savage civil war must therefore be a matter for prudence.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Regime warplanes struck a strategic rebel-held town in the north yesterday in an attempt to reopen a key supply route, activists said, as a UN-proposed ceasefire appeared increasingly unlikely to take hold.
Monday 22 October 2012
Lebanese protesters break through cordon and march on premier's office in Beirut
Saturday 20 October 2012
One of Lebanon's most senior security officials was killed yesterday in a car bombing which ripped through the centre of Beirut causing massive damage and raising the spectre of the bloody strife of Syria's civil war being imported across the border.
Friday 19 October 2012
Barely 10 a month sought asylum before the war. In July and August, that figure exceeded 100
Tuesday 16 October 2012
A peace envoy for the United Nations and Arab League asked Iran yesterday to help broker a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha.
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