Ireland has pledged another €5m to assist civilians affected by the Syrian crisis.
Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to end their country’s civil war have reached an impasse, with the United States and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the deadlock.
Western powers have defied Russia’s veto threat and pushed forward with a United Nations resolution threatening sanctions against Syria, as Barack Obama attacked Moscow’s opposition to a measure to help millions in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by president Bashar Assad’s forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him, a new United Nations report said.
The United Nations mediator brokering peace talks on Syria’s civil war says the two sides have reached a deal to allow women and children to leave a city under government siege for more than a year.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has ramped up criticism of Syrian president Bashar Assad, calling him a “one-man super-magnet for terrorism” who has committed war crimes and could be responsible for the ultimate disintegration of Syria.
Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war got off to a rocky start today as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says he believes there is little hope of success for the Syrian peace talks.
Two weeks ahead of an international peace conference on Syria, the country’s main Western-backed opposition group stands on the brink of collapse.
Syrian rebels have seized a compound held by al-Qaida-linked fighters in a northern town, amid some of the most serious infighting between rebels battling president Bashar Assad, according to reports.