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Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad

UN chemical weapons inspectors to return to Syria

The United Nations has announced that the team of chemical weapons inspectors led by the Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom will return to Syria on Wednesday.

A Syrian couple mourn in front of dead bodies

Syrian immorality tales: Two men in the conflict who didn’t deserve their fate

The cruelty of Omar’s treatment is exactly the reason why the whole crisis began in Syria

In rural areas of Damascus one in 20 children is severely malnourished

Millions of Syrian children at risk of malnutrition

More than two million children are at risk of malnutrition in Syria, a charity has warned.

Russia is a leading backer of Syria's President Bashar Assad and rebels fighting to topple his regime have previously targeted the diplomatic mission in Damascus with rockets and mortars

Mortar fired at Russian Embassy in Damascus

A mortar round landed inside the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, as Moscow said it was willing to send military observers to secure Syrian efforts to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

A man is treated after the gas attack of 21 August

Gas missiles 'were not sold to Syria'

Export papers seem to back Assad's denial over sarin attack – but Russians won't go into detail

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Syria crisis: Assad regime submits details of chemical weapons to watchdog

Submission was a condition of US-Russian agreement

Female members of the 'Mother Aisha' battalion – an all female unit of the Syrian rebels – sit together in Aleppo’s Salaheddine district

The humanitarian headache of bringing home Syria’s bodies

The head of the country’s Red Crescent tells Robert Fisk about the horrors he has seen

UN inspectors at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Syria submits details of chemical weapons to the Hague

Chemical arms watchdog said it has received an “initial declaration” from Syria outlining its weapons program

Syria crisis: Assad regime wants ceasefire after war reaches ‘stalemate’

Deputy Prime Minister says there is a 'zero balance of forces' between the state and the rebels - as local truce between in-fighting opposition groups makes it starkly clear how difficult united peace talks will be

Missile strikes in Damascus are ignored by the city’s middle classes who 'pretend that the war is not happening'

The death toll in Syria continues to rise - whoever is doing the counting

To the sound of the bombardment of rebel sites, Robert Fisk in Damascus discusses the victim tally with an Assad supporter

A Syrian military tank on fire during clashes with Free Syrian army fighters in Joubar, a suburb of Damascus

Robert Fisk in Damascus: Assad's troops may be winning this war in Syria's capital - untouched by Obama's threats

Dispatch from Damascus: The killing fields remain, and truth is as rare as hope

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria crisis: President Assad denies his government carried out deadly chemical attack in US TV interview

Mr Assad also paid tribute to Russia for blocking resolutions targeting the regime in the UN Security Council

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov reached a deal with the US in Geneva, but French meetings made less progress

Russia oppose US threats to keep the Assad deal in place

Far from celebrating a return to the world stage, the mood in Moscow is apprehensive

Parents grieve over the body of their child killed in a suspected chemical attack in Damascus

Syria crisis: Regime has given Russia 'proof' of rebel chemical weapon use

Foreign Minister Lavrov remains at odds with French over culpability for deaths

Sergei Lavrov accused Britain and France of trying to toughen up the ambiguous wording of the agreement on Syrian disarmament that he reached with Senator John Kerry

West is rewriting agreement on Syria disarmament, says Russia

Western governments were accused by Russia on Monday of “rewriting” the Geneva agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament after they called for a speedy UN resolution which would permit military action if the Assad regime broke its word.

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