However, Francois Hollande hails the 'new response to the call for European solidarity' he made after the Paris attacks
Video footage has emerged of members of Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect being paraded around Damacus in pick-up trucks
The bodies of Shadi Omar Kataf and Mouaz Al Balkhi were washed up 500 miles apart
Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad
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
Patrick Cockburn in Damascus finds people resigned to Geneva talks failure
The two sides in Syria’s civil war are due to start talking on Friday after three years of savage strife.
6.3 million people are now in critical need of food
Surely a man on a near £1m income over five years, law degree from Cambridge and ambitions to manage the economy, should not have lost control of his purse strings?
Officials say the Syrians were chasing rebels who were trying to sneak into Lebanon
Al-Assad will stay in power. The rebels are not strong enough to remove him without Western intervention
Compared writing poetry to the sex act? May he be turned to dust!
What prompted the death of a man whose life was more valuable to Assad than any other foreigner’s in Syria?
Family deny Syrian security authorities' claims that he committed suicide and demand an explanation
Syrians 'forced to eat cats and dogs' to survive the war as three-quarters of population of 22 million will need aid to survive next year
Chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN weapons inspectors have said, and probably in several locations.