Terrorism, police shootings and geopolitical tensions have seen one in five cities’ liveability scores decline
Moaz and Nawaz are two of several children needing urgent medical evacuation, the UN says
The suburb is home to one of one of Shia Islam's most renowned shrines
The aid delivered to the famished town contained medical supplies, vaccines, baby milk and nutrition items, but not food
Isis claimed the plane had been shot down, but did not take responsibility
Syria's government has refused to give permission for UN aid convoys to enter six areas under siege by its forces, including Daraya
Bombings came as John Kerry said a 'provisional agreement' had been reached on cessation of hostilities
Al Manar TV said the blasts were caused by a car bomb and two suicide attackers
Suicide bombers detonated a car bomb at a bus stop, before triggering more explosions as rescuers rushed to help
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
Humanitarian aid reaching desperate people trapped by the fighting could be the first tangible step in the talks between the regime and rebels in Syria, with a convoy moving to besieged Homs within 48 hours.
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.