Assad allies profit from lucrative food trade

2013-11-14 17:30

As food begins to flow into Syria after months of disruption, some of the President Bashar al-Assad's allies stand to make substantial profits, a report states.

Europe urges US to await UN's Syria report

2013-09-07 21:30

European foreign ministers have urged the US to delay possible military action until UN inspectors report their findings.

Syrian regime shelling kills 16

2013-09-07 17:00

Heavy government shelling of rebel positions near the Syrian capital has killed 16 people, activists say.

Syria: It's complicated

2013-09-04 08:45

A Senate committee hearing has shown just how unpredictable a congressional "solution" in Syria could be.

Why Syria matters to oil markets

2013-08-27 18:15

Oil prices have surged to a six-month high as Western powers readied a military strike against Syria, amid concerns over stability in the Middle East.

Putin warns of 'organ eating' rebels

2013-06-04 18:41

Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his black humour, says he hopes that Syria's opposition will not send organ-eating rebels to the proposed peace talks.

Assad's regime confiscating medical aid

2012-11-07 21:46

A Syrian medical group alleges that President Bashar al-Assad's regime is diverting most aid to injured government supporters.

Syrian forces pound rebels in Aleppo

2012-08-04 20:22

Syrian artillery, planes and a helicopter gunship have pounded rebel positions in Aleppo, as President Bashar al-Assad's forces try to break through the insurgents' frontline.

Syrian Olympians silent about war

2012-08-01 18:28

Syrian Olympians in London don't talk about the war back home, they just worry about loved ones.

200 000 flee Syria's Aleppo in two days

2012-07-29 22:12

The United Nations say that 200 000 people have fled the Syrian city of Aleppo in two days as President Bashar al-Assad's forces step up their assault.

Syria chemical arms - Israelis worry

2012-07-24 20:39

The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, Israeli defence officials say in an apparent bid to calm fears that a non-conventional war could be looming.

Feared al-Assad forces in Damascus attack

2012-07-22 18:31

Feared forces headed by President Bashar al-Assad's brother have used helicopters in a new offensive against rebels in Damascus, as clashes also raged in Syria's second city Aleppo.

Syria security chief dies of blast wounds

2012-07-20 11:58

General Hisham Ikhtiyar, the head of Syrian national security wounded in a Damascus bomb blast that killed three senior officials, has died of his wounds, state television has announced.

Syria chemical weapons threat fears

2012-07-19 19:48

Fears are rising in the West after reports that Bashar al-Assad might be ready to use Syria's chemical weapon arsenal to save his embattled regime, although experts caution against speculation.

Russia, China veto Syria sanctions

2012-07-19 16:45

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad if he does not end the use of heavy weapons.

Syria gunships pound rebels in capital

2012-07-17 18:07

Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships are taking the battle to the rebels in Damascus, activists say.

Syria army core intact despite defections

2012-07-05 11:03

As Syrian army defections multiply, the backbone of the regime remains grounded on a loyal core of officers motivated either by conviction or fear of a post-revolt purge.

Syria: Medical aid smuggling a risky job

2012-07-04 12:57

Medical aid gathered by expats is being smuggled into Syria as doctors, braving arrest and torture, struggle in secrecy to treat the rising number of casualties, activists say.

Syria running 27 torture centres - report

2012-07-03 07:35

Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centres across the country where detainees are beaten, burned, sexually assaulted, and their fingernails torn out, says Human Rights Watch.

Nato urges UN to enforce Syria plan

2012-07-02 18:45

Nato is urging the United Nations to enforce the peace plan for Syria endorsed by an international conference in Geneva.

Annan 'optimistic' about Syria talks

2012-06-29 15:02

International mediator Kofi Annan says he is "optimistic" that ministerial crisis talks on Syria's conflict will produce an acceptable outcome.

21 dead in new day of Syria violence

2012-06-28 19:20

Violence has killed at least 21 people, including 11 civilians, in Syria after one of the bloodiest days of the 15-month revolt left nearly 150 dead, says a human rights watchdog.

Blast rocks Syria's capital

2012-06-28 14:00

A strong explosion has rocked the Syrian capital, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Clinton backs Annan over Syria

2012-06-27 19:31

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States stands ready to support Kofi Annan's push to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's war.

7 dead in Syria TV station attack

2012-06-27 12:03

Gunmen raiding the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station, have killed seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings, officials say.


Protest at White House against Syria strikes

2013-09-07 22:50

At least 200 protesters have gathered at the White House before marching to Capitol Hill in a demonstration opposing possible US military strikes against Syria.

Iran ex-president denies Syria comments

2013-09-07 18:30

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has rejected remarks attributed to him in which he allegedly criticised Syria for using chemical weapons against civilians.

Obama: US can't turn 'blind eye' to Syria

2013-09-07 15:30

Inaction is not an option for the United States in Syria after a horrendous chemical attack, US President Barack Obama says.

Food buyers shun Syria over sanctions

2013-09-02 11:41

Syria has cancelled a tender to buy tonnes of white sugar, its second major food tender failure in two weeks, as buyers continued to shy away from the country.

Brent oil strikes high on Syria fears

2013-08-27 15:11

Oil prices have surged, with Brent crude hitting a near six-month high on concern about possible military action against Syria after a warning from Washington.

Medvedev says Assad's leadership fading

2013-01-27 18:38

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chances of retaining power are getting "smaller and smaller" every day.

150 killed as Syria truce collapses

2012-10-27 09:51

Almost 150 people have died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria.

Rebels: Syria govt-in-exile 'stillborn'

2012-08-01 22:15

Syria's rebels say a government-in-exile headed by a splinter group of dissidents was "stillborn" and that it did not represent the opposition's demands.

Bashar soldiers 'fled like rats': rebels

2012-07-30 20:39

"The soldiers fled like rats," says a grinning rebel after he and his fellow fighters captured Anadan checkpoint from the Syrian army, gaining access to Aleppo.

Syria border fighters may be Qaeda

2012-07-25 18:33

Russia says that militants who have seized control of posts on Syria's border with Turkey may be allies of al-Qaeda.

US warns Syria against chemical weapons

2012-07-24 07:43

US President Barack Obama has warned Syrian strongman Bashar Assad it would be a "tragic mistake" to unleash chemical weapons, after Damascus admitted it has a stockpile.

Deadliest day of Syria revolt

2012-07-20 16:27

More than 300 people have been killed in one day in violence across Syria, making it the deadliest day of a 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Mideast nations declare start of Ramadan

2012-07-20 07:59

Religious authorities in most Middle Eastern countries have declared that Friday will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Rebels attack Damascus police HQ - claim

2012-07-19 19:14

Rebels have attacked the main police headquarters in Damascus, a witness says, a day after the assassination of three of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's top lieutenants.

Putin vows to fully back Annan on Syria

2012-07-17 22:38

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to do everything to support Kofi Annan's plan for ending the violence in Syria that the UN-Arab League envoy said had reached "unacceptable" proportions.

Syrian military conducts exercises

2012-07-08 20:26

Syrian military conducts large-scale exercises in apparent warning to West not to intervene

Turkish jet 'provoked' Syria: Russia

2012-07-04 14:07

A Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria last month asked for trouble when it entered Syrian airspace, says a report quoting a Russian source.

Assad wishes Turkish jet 'not downed'

2012-07-03 12:02

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a newspaper he wishes Syrian forces had not shot down a Turkish jet and that he would have been happy if the jet had been Israeli.

Syria: Opposition aim at united vision

2012-07-02 21:42

Syria's main exiled opposition groups have met in Cairo to try to forge a common vision for a political transition in Syria after criticising a blueprint agreed by the major powers.

Syria: Diplomatic timeline

2012-06-30 07:45

A list of the main diplomatic moves to try to end the conflict in Syria, which has left more than 15 800 people dead since a revolt broke out in March 2011.

Syria crisis meeting in doubt

2012-06-29 07:42

Deadly violence has been raging across Syria with a twin bombing in Damascus two days before a crucial international meeting that looks threatened by Russian objections.

Russia denies call for Assad to leave

2012-06-28 15:10

Russia says it will not endorse a call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power and has criticised US comments that it had agreed to plans for a national unity government.

Annan calls for Syria interim government

2012-06-28 07:36

Peace envoy Kofi Annan is proposing a transitional government for Syria including members from both sides of the country's war, diplomats say.

Syria walks out of UN debate

2012-06-27 13:08

Syria has stormed out of a UN debate on a freshly critical report on the rights abuses in the conflict-torn country.

Gunmen storm Syrian TV channel

2012-06-27 08:33

Gunmen have stormed the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV news channel, planted explosives and killed three employees, state media says.

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