Russia says will veto Syria sanctions over chemical weapons

2017-02-24 21:56

Russia says it will use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the United States, France and Britain that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

Putin wants to stabilise Syria

2017-02-24 05:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow's goal in Syria was to "stabilise the legitimate authority" and strike a "decisive blow" against terrorism.

Kidnapped SA photographer's family distances itself from NGO's deal claim

2017-02-22 19:08

The family of missing South African photojournalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, have broken their silence, expressing concerns over claims made by a Cape Town-based NGO that it is negotiating his release.

Gift of the Givers, Dirco can't confirm reports on missing SA journalist

2017-02-17 11:38

The Gift of the Givers and the Department of International Relations have distanced themselves from reports that kidnapped South African journalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, was alive & plans were under to have him brought home soon.

Assad vows to retake 'every inch' of Syria

2017-02-16 12:37

President Bashar al-Assad said Raqa is not a priority target for his forces, saying his goal is to retake "every inch" of Syrian territory.

UN warns of 'looming catastrophe' in 4 besieged Syria towns

2017-02-14 17:17

The top UN official in Damascus has warned of a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" in four besieged towns in Syria, calling for immediate access to deliver aid to some 60 000 residents.

Damascus ready for prisoner swap

2017-02-14 07:21

Syria's regime is ready to release detainees in exchange for hostages held by rebels ahead of peace talks in the Kazakh capital.

Image of 'hatred of our times' wins World Press Photo

2017-02-13 14:10

Brandishing a gun, his face contorted with rage, the shocking image of a Turkish policeman assassinating the Russian envoy to Turkey won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.

Syria opposition picks group for new peace talks

2017-02-13 06:24

Syria's opposition has announced its 21-member delegation, including 10 rebel representatives, for a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks.

2 airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives - Pentagon

2017-02-09 13:13

The Pentagon has said two US airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaeda leaders.


Syria car bombing kills at least 60

2017-02-24 15:06

Death toll from car bombing near town in northern Syria taken from IS rises to 60.

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

2017-02-23 13:32

Sen. John McCain has made a secret trip to northern Syria to meet with U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists

UN alarmed by upsurge in Syria fighting

2017-02-21 18:45

The United Nations has expressed alarm over escalating fighting in the Damascus area as the world body prepared to launch a new round of peace talks.

24 civilians killed in bombing on Syria town: monitor

2017-02-16 16:37

Turkish bombardment of an Islamic State group-held town in Syria has killed 24 civilians, a monitor said Thursday, but Turkey's army said only "terrorists" died in the operation.

Durban man believed killed in Syria

2017-02-14 20:47

A 22-year-old Durban man is believed to have been killed in war-ravaged Syria, civic activist Yusuf Abramjee has said.

New talks seek to end Syria's war after nearly six years

2017-02-14 16:02

As Syria's war approaches its seventh year, two new rounds of talks on resolving the conflict are scheduled to take place in Astana and Geneva.

Russian drone shows damage at Palmyra

2017-02-13 19:46

Russia has released drone footage showing new destruction in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, which was recently recaptured by ISIS.

Erdogan: Troops entered ISIS stronghold

2017-02-13 07:07

Turkey's president says his troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters have entered the centre of the northern town of al-Bab that is a stronghold of ISIS.

Some Syrian refugees 'definitely' terrorists - Syrian president

2017-02-10 13:57

Syria's President Bashar Assad says in an interview that there are "definitely" terrorists among the millions of Syrians seeking refuge in the West.

Syria rejects Amnesty's report of mass hangings

2017-02-08 13:13

The Syrian government has rejected as "untrue" Amnesty International's report of mass hangings, saying it is part of smear campaign.

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