Staffan de Mistura the new Syria envoy - diplomats

2014-07-10 11:29

Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats say.

Syria welcomes UN envoy exit

2014-05-14 20:54

Syria has welcomed the resignation of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, as hopes for a resumption of peace talks dimmed.

Russia: Syria govt right to focus on 'terrorism''

2014-02-17 21:28

Russia says that blame for the lack of progress at Syrian talks must be placed on either side and that President Assad's was "completely justified" in his efforts to make "terrorism" a top priority.

Syria foes set to end talks, little progress

2014-01-31 10:37

Syria's warring sides are expected to wrap up their first peace talks without concrete progress on ending violence, a political transition or ensuring humanitarian aid.

Syria talks in deadlock over Assad

2014-01-28 12:53

Syrian peace talks are due to resume in Geneva with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar Assad's government.

No face-to-face meeting in Syrian peace talks

2014-01-24 19:03

Direct talks have been scrapped between Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and the Western-backed opposition that wants to overthrow him.

UN bids to bring Syria warring sides together

2014-01-24 08:09

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has met Syria's warring sides behind closed doors to lay the groundwork for direct talks after the first day of a peace conference ended in bitter exchanges.

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria peace talks

2014-01-13 12:11

US diplomat John Kerry will meet Sergei Lavrov, after trying to entice Syrian rebels into the Geneva peace talks by vowing to exclude Bashar Assad's regime from any future transition government.

Kerry aims to ease Saudi concerns over Syria

2013-11-04 08:43

John Kerry has been seeking to repair ties with Saudi Arabia over the Syrian conflict and Iran, after making his first visit to Egypt since the ousting of President Morsi.

Israeli jets strike Syria

2013-11-01 07:43

Israel has carried out an air strike on a Syrian military installation to stop a shipment to Hezbollah, reports note Syria's chemical weapons has been placed under seal.

Brahimi, Assad in talks

2013-10-30 20:18

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has met President Bashar Assad in Damascus, the third day of a visit aimed at bringing Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table.

Gunmen kidnap Syria Red Cross workers

2013-10-14 08:37

Gunmen have abducted seven International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent staff in Idlib province, one of the main theatres of Syria's brutal war, the ICRC says.

Experts start dismantling Syria chemical arms

2013-10-07 07:00

UN disarmament inspectors have begun dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, a UN official in Damascus told dpa.

Syria strike would up-end world order: Putin

2013-09-12 09:59

Russia has issued a stark warning that unilateral US military action could destroy world order, as the rival great powers discussed a plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons.

UN envoy to Syria says chemical used

2013-08-28 22:38

The UN envoy to Syria has seen evidence that a chemical 'substance' was used in an attack.

Obama pressures Putin on Syria weapons

2013-04-30 10:10

President Barack Obama has stepped up pressure on Russia over Syria, telling President Vladimir Putin of his concern about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Damascus regime.

UN to probe chemical weapon use in Syria

2013-03-22 09:01

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would amount to a crime against humanity.

Damascus hit by deadliest bombing in war

2013-02-22 08:26

A huge car bomb near the headquarters of Syria's ruling party has killed nearly 60 people and caused widespread destruction in the deadliest attack to hit Damascus since the war erupted.

Iran commander's killing setback for Assad

2013-02-15 12:01

Gunmen have killed an Iranian commander in Syria as rebels shot down two fighter jets and overran a town, dealing further setbacks for forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

UN calls for dialogue as Syria fights rage

2013-02-11 10:02

Syrian rebels have launched fierce assaults on government troops in several parts of the country, as the UN urges the leader of the opposition to seek dialogue with the Damascus regime.

Syria plunges deeper into 'horror' spiral

2013-01-30 08:10

The Syrian war has reached "unprecedented levels of horror", says UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi after dozens of men were killed in a grim new massacre.

Assad can't be in transition - UN envoy

2013-01-10 12:40

The UN peace envoy for Syria says that Bashar Asssad could have no place in a transitional government to end civil war, the closest he has come to calling directly for the president to quit.

UN chief disappointed by Assad's speech

2013-01-07 22:19

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment that Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected the most important elements in a roadmap to end his country's 22-month conflict.

Russia pressing for dialogue in Syria

2012-12-28 14:07

Russia, one of the few remaining allies of President Bashar Assad, says it is pressing the Syrian leadership to put into action previous pledges for dialogue with the opposition.

Syria talks as violence escalates

2012-12-24 20:01

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has held talks in Syria with President Bashar Assad, as Islamist rebels seized large parts of an Alawite village.


Syria becoming 'another Somalia' - UN envoy

2014-06-09 08:02

Former UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the war-torn country is heading toward becoming "another Somalia" ruled by warlords, in an interview published in a German weekly.

Arab summit calls for political solution in Syria

2014-03-26 19:28

Arab leaders have called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, although the Syrian opposition had asked for "sophisticated" arms to tip the balance of power.

Syria: US created 'negative climate' at talks

2014-02-17 07:16

Syria's foreign minister has accused the US of creating a "negative climate" for dialogue at the second round of peace talks in Geneva.

Talks resume to evacuate Homs civilians

2014-01-28 14:58

The governor of the central Syrian province of Homs says a UN official is in contact with opposition fighters in besieged neighborhoods of its capital to allow the evacuations of civilians.

Talks intensify amid push for Assad ousting

2014-01-27 08:03

A Syrian peace conference in Geneva is expected to intensify as talks turn to political questions and the opposition presses for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

Syria warring sides to talk, little hope

2014-01-24 10:27

Syria's warring sides are due to hold their first talks aimed at stemming the country's bloodshed, in what are likely to be long and difficult negotiations with little hope of success.

No compromise at day 2 of Syria talks

2014-01-23 10:29

Syria's peace conference has moved into a second day with the warring sides showing no willingness to compromise as global powers seek to engineer talks on ending the bloodshed.

Iran says nuke talks will be very difficult

2013-11-07 14:02

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stated that talks which kick off in Geneva with world powers about his country's disputed nuclear programme will be very difficult.

Brahimi is 'one-eyed, many-tongued'

2013-11-02 17:00

Syria's government newspaper has called the UN-Arab envoy Lakhdar Brahimi "one-eyed and many tongued", a day after he left Damascus on a trip aimed at building consensus for a peace conference.

Assad says Syrians will decide on peace talks

2013-10-31 13:33

President Bashar Assad has insisted in a meeting with visiting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that Syrians alone will decide on the fate of the Geneva peace talks.

Syria envoy warns of 'Somalisation'

2013-10-29 19:12

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Syria on the most sensitive leg of a regional push for peace talks, has warned of the 'Somalisation' of the war-ravaged country.

US credits Assad over arms destruction

2013-10-07 09:04

Syrian President Bashar Assad could take "credit" for swiftly moving to eliminate the government's chemical arms, US diplomat John Kerry says, after experts began dismantling weapons.

'Prove it' US tells Assad on chemical arms vow

2013-09-13 09:02

President Bashar Assad has confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons as the US urged him and his Russian allies to quickly make good on his promise.

Obama not ready to order Syria strike

2013-08-29 13:02

President Barack Obama says he had not yet signed off on a plan to attack Syria, but action appeared likely after Washington stopped seeking a UN mandate.

Syria blames Saudi Arabia for conflict

2013-06-26 12:02

The Syrian information minister has lashed out at Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh is responsible for his country's conflict.

Too late for Syria military action: Annan

2013-03-27 13:10

Former UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to Syria said it is too late for military intervention there and that arming President Bashar Assad's foes will not end the two-year-old crisis.

Syrian jets bomb rebels in Damascus

2013-03-12 08:06

Syrian jets have bombed rebel forces attempting to recapture a contested district of third city Homs, as mortar shells slammed into a Damascus neighbourhood.

Syria rebels threaten to fire on Hezbollah

2013-02-21 12:00

The rebel Free Syrian Army, issuing a 48-hour ultimatum, has warned it will target Lebanon's Hezbollah unless the militant group stops shelling territory held by the insurgents.

World must convince Assad to go: Kerry

2013-02-14 10:00

The world must persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to see the writing on the wall, says top US diplomat John Kerry, stressing Russia could play a key role in ending the conflict.

Aid response for Syria 'very limited': Ban

2013-01-30 12:05

The United Nations is receiving only limited support for its aid to millions of Syrians,has said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, adding its humanitarian work needed "generous" help.

Syria: All options on the table

2013-01-10 17:02

World powers will have to step up their response to the Syrian conflict if the violence worsens, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said, warning that all options were on the table.

Russia weighs in on Assad's proposals

2013-01-09 21:51

Syrian President Bashar Assad's proposals for ending his country's civil war should be taken into account by the international community, Russian officials have insisted.

Assad plan 'detached from reality': US

2013-01-07 10:01

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is "detached from reality" and he should step down, says the US State Department.

UN envoy worried after talks with Assad

2012-12-24 22:08

The UN envoy to Syria is worried about the crisis after talks with President Bashar Assad.

Syria: Brahimi, Assad talk as scores killed

2012-12-24 14:07

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has held talks with Syria's president Bashar Assad on the "worrying" situation in that country.

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