Syria talks end first round, government not committed to return

A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.

UN fails to break deadlock in Syria talks

The UN failed to break a deadlock at Syrian peace negotiations in Geneva with talks interrupted after the regime railed against Washington instead of dealing with a transition of power.

Syrian opposition demands a future without Assad

Syria`s opposition leader laid out his demands for talks on ending his country`s civil war, calling for the creation of a transitional government that does not include President Bashar al-Assad.

Swelling ranks of European fighters in Syria sparks concern

The increasing numbers of young jihadists heading to fight in Syria has sparked fear in Britain, France and Belgium that they could pose a major security threat upon return home as battle-hardened veterans.

Syria TV shows opposition head alongside `terrorist crimes`

The state broadcaster failed to identify Jarba as he began his speech at the conference in the Swiss town of Montreux.

Syria torture report images `extremely disturbing`: US

Just a day before a marathon peace conference aimed at resolving Syrian crisis is scheduled to take place in Geneva, a report has blamed Syrian regime for systematically torturing and killing about 11,000 prison inmates.

Syrians must `seize chance` of peace at Geneva talks: Britain

British Foreign Secretary William Hague called upon all sides involved in Syria`s bloody civil war to "seize the chance" of peace ahead of crucial talks in Switzerland.

Assad`s future a `red line` for peace talks: Syria FM

Muallem promised that the government delegation would make every effort to ensure the peace conference bore fruit.

Syria opposition agrees to attend Geneva talks after UN withdraws invite to Iran

A day after the invitation to Iran to join the much-awaited Syria peace conference botched up the chances of a successful talks, the United Nations on Monday stated that the conference would go ahead without Iran.

Iran invited to Syria peace conference: Ban Ki-moon

Iran will attend this week`s Syria peace conference after it pledged to play a "positive and constructive role" in efforts to end the three-year-old war, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said.

NGOs pledge $400 mn for Syrians affected by war

Kuwait`s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142 million, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest.

Assad re-election would extend Syria war: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that any attempt by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to be re-elected would extend the country`s civil war.

Chemical mission boss in Syria as pressure for talks mounts

The head of an international mission to destroy Damascus`s chemical arsenal arrived today in Syria, where the regime pressed on with deadly strikes despite a flurry of diplomatic efforts to organise peace talks.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad casts doubt on peace conference

The United States and Russia have been trying for months to convene an international conference in Geneva to negotiate a political solution to Syria`s intractable civil war.

US disturbing Syria conference preparations: Russia

Russia has accused the US for turning the situation upside down in the wake of ongoing preparations for a planned Geneva conference on Syria.