Syrian president Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities over the next three months.
Western nations publicly critical of Bashar Assad's regime have been quietly sending security officials to collaborate with his government, the Syrian president said.
Anti-government activists say air strikes have killed at least 12 people at a market and other targets in the north-western Syrian city of Idlib.
Syria's authorisation of some aid convoys to besieged towns is "at best a drop in the ocean" and the UN must urgently prepare to make air drops to areas most in need of humanitarian help, France's UN ambassador said.
Over 100 people have been killed and 80 injured in Islamic State bombings in Syria.
The Syrian al Qaida branch and allied fighters from ultraconservative rebel factions have seized a village of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect in central Syria.
Syrian rebels and government forces have shelled each other's neighbourhoods in Aleppo, leaving at least nine dead and scores wounded on both sides.
Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has claimed the most recent bombing in Syria was designed to kill civilians.
The UN says the world should be "ashamed" after warning people in Syria are starving without medical care.
A wave of air strikes and shelling have killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said.
Barack Obama has announced the deployment of an extra 250 US special operations forces to Syria to assist troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists from the war-torn country.
Syrians in government-controlled areas are heading to polling stations to elect a new 250-member parliament which is expected to serve as a rubber stamp for President Bashar Assad.
Russian demining experts have arrived in Syria to start clearing mines in the ancient town of Palmyra.
Desperately-needed aid has reached only 30% of Syrians living in besieged areas, with the total dropping to less than 10% in hard-to-reach areas this year, the UN's humanitarian chief has said.
Syrian government forces have recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra, scoring an important victory over so-called 'Islamic State' fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there.
The withdrawal of the bulk of Russian forces from Syria should be complete in two to three days, the commander of the Russian air force has said.
Russia's defence ministry has said personnel at its air base in Syria are preparing for some of the planes and fighter jets to return home.
Irish aid agency GOAL has placed an unexploded rocket on a Dublin city centre street, to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict in Syria.
More than 80% of Syria's children have been harmed by the country's conflict, including growing numbers who are forced to work, join armed groups or marry young because of widening poverty, the UN children's agency said.
War has been raging in the region since an uprising in 2011.