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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Louay Safi of the Syrian National Coalition, one of the groups pressing for a transitional government

Syria Geneva II talks: Breakthrough in sight with humanitarian corridor that could see aid convoy heading to Homs within 48 hours

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.

Astonishing video shows moment Syrian toddler pulled alive from rubble after Aleppo bombing

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Demonstrators protest against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the UN offices in Geneva during the talks on Friday

Syria Geneva II talks: the long road to peace?

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

A group of Free Syrian Army fighters carry a wounded comrade to cover; over 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria

16 arrested amid fears Britons linked to Syria violence

More than 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria, it was reported.

Syrians drive a car with a national flag on the front hood bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria Geneva II talks: Scepticism on the streets as al-Qa’ida poses as peacemaker

Patrick Cockburn in Damascus finds people resigned to Geneva talks failure

People take part in a simulation entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Refugee: Exploring Solutions for Syria'

The Syrian refugee simulator for billionaires: We try the experience designed to pressure the super-rich into helping

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British student Nawal Msaad charged with aiding Syrian terrorists ‘was caught smuggling €20,000 in her knickers’

Two women from London appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday, the first to be charged with terrorism offences in relation to Syrian conflict

Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), speaks to the press in Geneva, Switzerland

Syria rebels say Russia is prepared to drop Assad

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are due to start talking on Friday after three years of savage strife.

A Syrian woman with her baby at Syria's border with Turkey

Syrian crisis: Peers put Cameron under pressure to 'heed the call' and take in refugees

The pressure on David Cameron to allow hundreds of Syrian refugees to come to Britain is increasing, with 55 members of the House of Lords urging him to sign up to a United Nations programme.

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Young Syrian refugees play at the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey

The situation for Syria's refugees is desperate. Our Government must now sign up to the UN's resettlement plan

Why are ministers so resistant to provide this limited help?

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Narciso Contreras sacked for altering Syria picture

The Associated Press say they have cut ties with Mr Contreras after he altered an image to remove a video camera from it

Syrian refugees walk among tents at Karkamis' refugee camp near the town of Gaziantep, south of Turkey

David Cameron set for U-turn over UK sanctuary for most vulnerable Syria refugees following plea by aid agencies

David Cameron opened the door yesterday for Britain to give sanctuary to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees trapped in appalling conditions in neighbouring countries.

A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to children in a poor neighborhood that hosts displaced people from Pakistani tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

Bill Gates: Violence in Pakistan and Nigeria threatens plan to eradicate polio by 2018

Billionaire philanthropist spoke after polio workers were killed in Pakistan

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre) welcomes delegates hoping to bring an end to Syria’s civil war to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Syria peace talks: John Kerry leads calls for removal of President Bashar al-Assad

The Geneva II peace talks witness bitter opening exchanges from both sides

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