Role-playing exercise shows fighting in Syria could last a decade before all sides are ready for peace.
The United Kingdom has joined the US in suspending aid for the opposition in northern Syria, the UK's minister for the Middle East says.
The US suspends all non-lethal assistance for the opposition in northern Syria after Islamist rebels seize bases belonging to the Free Syrian Army.
Syrian forces and rebel fighters are trying to maximise their gains on the ground to go into planned peace talks in Geneva in January in as strong positions as possible, as Jim Muir reports from Beirut.
Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.
A 25-year-old man from France talks about being part of the biggest brigade of foreign jihadists fighting in Syria, and why he left them.
Syrian government forces are reported to have taken control of the motorway linking Damascus with the city of Homs, as well as the nearby town of Nabak.
Since Pope Benedict stepped down in February, the Catholic church has been rejuvenated by his successor Francis, says Vatican commentator Gerard O'Connell.
The UN is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a winter storm brings snow, high winds and freezing temperatures to the country.
Chinese hackers targeted five European foreign ministries over the summer, a security company has said.