At least 50 people have been killed in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media say. The Islamic State group said on social media it had carried out the attack. The shrine, which is highly revered by Shia Muslims, has been targeted before, most recently in February last year.
The attack happened as the government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva in a bid to start talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. While both sides are in Geneva, the talks have yet to begin - the main opposition group says the Syrian government must first meet key humanitarian demands.