The blast killed eight policemen and wounded 20, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
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
For the first time in the Syrian civil war a ceasefire agreement in a Damascus district sees rebel fighters keep their weapons and control of their own neighbourhood in return for an end to the fighting. If repeated in other parts of Syria, such agreements have the potential to de-escalate violence that has left 130,000 Syrians dead.
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 story of one Syrian's journey from Damascus to Manchester
Of its 250,000 Palestinians, scarcely 18,000 now remain; up to 1,500 are dead, many of them due to hunger
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
From child torture to sarin gas, the security services’ methods have dictated the war
Relatives criticise Foreign Office for lack of action
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