Arab League chief: Confront ISIS group

2014-09-08 10:50

The head of the Arab League has urged its members to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically", issuing an apparent call to arms.

Kerry wins Arab backing on Mideast

2013-07-18 12:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has won Arab League backing for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes that the stalled negotiations could resume.

Syria opposition Arab League seat slammed

2013-03-27 16:43

Russia has called the Arab League's decision to award Syria's seat at the organisation to the anti-regime National Coalition "illegal and indefensible".

30 tortured bodies found in Damascus

2012-12-31 14:34

Thirty tortured and disfigured bodies have been found in the northern Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, the scene of regular clashes between regime troops and rebels, says a watchdog.

UN envoy presses for Syria cease-fire

2012-10-20 20:05

The international envoy to the Syria conflict has pressed his call for a cease-fire with Syrian officials in Damascus.

Brahimi mission meets Syria opposition

2012-10-07 15:33

Mokhtar Lamani, the head of UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's office in Syria, has met members of the armed opposition.

'Friends of Syria' to sharpen sanctions

2012-09-20 20:34

Diplomats from over 60 nations and the Arab League have met in The Hague to toughen and improve co-ordination of sanctions against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Morsi wants central Arab role for Egypt

2012-09-05 16:03

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has told a gathering of Arab foreign ministers that he wants to revive Egypt’s pivotal role in the Arab region.

Syria will accept Algerian as go-between

2012-08-14 22:44

The Syrian government has consented to the idea of Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replacing Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict.

650 000+ affected in Sudan warzone

2012-08-08 16:05

More than 650 000 people have been displaced or severely affected by fighting in two Sudanese states, the UN says, expressing hope that a newly signed aid deal will lead to access after months of restrictions.

Syrian diplomats deemed persona non grata

2012-05-29 17:32

Governments around the world have expelled Syrian ambassadors and diplomats, an unusual, coordinated blow to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

UN chief 'gravely alarmed' at Syria killings

2012-04-27 22:02

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is "gravely alarmed" at the continuing killings in Syria despite the government's repeated commitments to end the violence.

Syria violence kills 80 – monitors

2012-04-04 12:02

At least 80 people, mostly civilians have been killed as Syrian forces pressed their crackdown on dissent despite a truce pledge, monitors say.

Assad demands rebels halt attacks

2012-03-30 08:38

Syria's president Bashar Assad says he will spare no effort to make the UN envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan a success, but demanded that armed opponents battling his regime commit to halting violence.

Annan in China for Syria talks

2012-03-27 12:22

International envoy Kofi Annan is meeting Chinese leaders in Beijing to discuss how to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Iraq summit: Syria tops Arab agenda

2012-03-26 09:03

After decades at the centre of the Arab world, Syria is set to sit in the dock with regional leaders meeting in Baghdad over how to end Bashar Assad’s bloody crackdown on an anti-regime uprisings.

Crime: Libya seeks regional co-operation

2012-03-12 08:49

Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib says increased regional co-operation is required to tackle the escalation of cross-border criminal activities.

16 killed in north Iraq attacks

2012-03-07 18:18

Attacks in Iraq killed 16 people, including 13 who died in twin bombings in the northern town of Tal Afar, just weeks before the country is due to host a landmark Arab summit.

Egypt recalls its ambassador to Syria

2012-02-19 21:33

Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Damascus, state media reported, the latest move by an Arab state to isolate President Bashar Assad and pressure him to halt a violent crackdown on protesters.

Syria: UK backs Arab call for peace force

2012-02-13 13:03

Britain is backing discussion of a call by the Arab League on the United Nations Security Council to form a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping force to observe a ceasefire in Syria.

Arabs seek joint UN-Arab force for Syria

2012-02-12 20:18

The Arab League has called for the UN Security Council to send a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission to Syria and decided to scrap its own monitoring team, according to a resolution approved by ministers.

Blasts rock Syrian city of Aleppo

2012-02-10 11:01

Three explosions have rocked Syria's second largest city of Aleppo, activists say, adding that one of the blasts was near a military intelligence building.

Syrian forces tighten siege on Homs

2012-02-09 10:00

Syrian government forces have tightened their siege of the dissident central province of Homs, a day after killing more than 100 people in heavy shelling, opposition activists say.

Syria veto: China, Russia condemned

2012-02-05 21:23

Outrage has grown after Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its crackdown on protests, with the opposition saying it handed the regime a licence to kill.

Morocco wants Syria consensus

2012-02-01 22:33

Morocco, the only Arab country currently sitting on the UN Security Council, has vowed to push for a consensus resolution on the deadly crisis in Syria.


Arab League denounces Israeli 'war crimes'

2014-07-15 11:05

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi has accused Israel of war crimes, as Egypt asked Arab foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo to support its initiative to end week-long fighting in Gaza.

Diplomats gather for a peaceful Syria

2013-06-05 14:03

US, Russian and UN diplomats have gathered in Geneva to plan a new international conference aimed at ending the conflict in Syria.

Syria children could be scarred for life

2013-03-12 20:12

The war in Syria - from the destruction of infrastructure to massive population displacement - may leave an entire generation of children scarred "for life”, the UN Children's Fund has warned.

Arab League welcomes new Syria coalition

2012-11-13 07:52

The Arab League has welcomed the formation of a new Syrian opposition group, but has stopped short of giving it full recognition as the representative of the Syrian people.

US backs call for Eid truce in Syria

2012-10-20 18:03

The US has backed a call by the UN, the Arab League and their special envoy to Syria for a ceasefire by both sides in the conflict over this month's Eid al-Adha holiday.

Syria bloodiest day hangs over UN meet

2012-09-27 16:03

More than 305 people have been killed in the bloodiest day of Syria's 18-month revolt, as Washington urged action from the "paralysed" UN Security Council.

Peace envoy - Syria conflict worse

2012-09-13 22:15

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the deadly conflict in Syria is getting worse as he arrived on his first official trip.

Brahimi to be new Syria mediator - report

2012-08-16 21:14

Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has agreed to replace Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria, UN sources say.

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone

2012-08-12 16:30

Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, says a Syrian opposition leader.

Arab League requests UN action against Syria

2012-06-02 12:06

The head of the Arab League has asked the UN Security Council to boost the size of a UN mission in Syria and give it expanded powers to protect people following a surge in violence, according to a letter.

Syria bombers aimed to foil UN - Arab league

2012-05-10 18:53

The Arab League chief says the suicide bombings that killed 55 people in Damascus were intended to undercut a UN mission to monitor a Syria truce brokered by envoy Kofi Annan.

Syria hasn't fully complied with peace plan

2012-04-19 09:01

Syria hasn't fully complied with its obligations to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from towns and has yet to send a “clear signal” about its commitment to peace, the UN says.

Implement peace plan, Assad told

2012-03-30 12:03

The international envoy for Syria, Kofi Anna, expects President Bashar Assad to implement his peace plan immediately, the former UN chief’s spokesperson says.

Assad accused of ignoring peace plan

2012-03-29 08:27

The US has accused Syria's president Bashar Assad of failing to respect a UN-Arab League peace plan as Syrian forces continue their assault on rebel bastions.

Syrian opposition in reconciliation talks

2012-03-27 10:59

Syria's fractious opposition groups have begun reconciliation talks in Istanbul aimed at demonstrating they can provide an effective alternative to President Bashar Assad.

Syria situation unacceptable - Ban

2012-03-20 14:24

The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the situation in Syria has become unacceptable and called on the Security Council to unite on the issue.

Russia gets blunt with Annan over Syria

2012-03-10 14:17

Russia says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made it clear to the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Kofi Annan that Moscow opposed “crude interference” from outside in Syrian internal affairs.

Lebanon wants Syria back in Arab League

2012-02-28 16:59

Lebanon will demand that Syria be allowed back into the Arab League when the pan-Arab grouping holds its summit next month, says President Michel Sleiman.

Syrian forces attack Hama, Homs

2012-02-15 11:05

Syrian government forces have launched an offensive on the city of Hama, firing on neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns, say opposition activists.

Syria 'categorically' rejects League plan

2012-02-12 21:51

Syria has "categorically" rejected the decision by Arab foreign ministers to back the Syrian opposition and call for a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission.

Arabs want swift action on Syria

2012-02-12 18:48

Arab ministers have called for swift Arab and international action to end bloodshed in Syria after Russia and China blocked a Western-backed Arab peace plan at the UN Security Council.

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats

2012-02-09 21:47

The German Foreign Minister says Germany is expelling four diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Berlin after the arrest of two men suspected of spying on regime opponents.

Syria: Attacks resume after peace promise

2012-02-08 08:57

Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have thrust deeper into the central city of Homs, firing rockets and mortar rounds, activists say, a day after Russia said Assad wants peace.

Deaths mount as Russia resists UN in Syria

2012-02-02 08:48

Bloodshed has swept Syria as the West and Arab League keep up their push for UN action to stop the regime's "killing machine", but Russia has vowed to veto any "unacceptable" proposal.

Russia stands firm against UN on Syria

2012-02-01 15:44

Western powers and the Arab League have demanded immediate UN action to stop Syria's "killing machine" but Russia has refused to give its support, as fighting on the ground intensifies.

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