French PM slams MPs for meeting 'butcher' Assad

2015-02-26 12:06

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls says that he is 'condemned with the greatest strength' a decision by three French lawmakers to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom he described as 'a butcher'.

UN: Syria willing to suspend Aleppo strikes

2015-02-18 12:01

The UN envoy to Syria says he has received a commitment from the Syrian government to suspend airstrikes and artillery shelling on the city of Aleppo for six weeks.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria - UN envoy

2015-02-14 11:30

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria has said in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

Chlorine gas used in Syrian villages – inspectors

2015-01-07 14:50

Chemical weapons investigators have concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas was used as a weapon against three opposition-controlled villages in Syria last year, a report says.

76 000 killed in Syria war in 2014, deadliest year yet

2015-01-01 20:01

More than 76 000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict in 2014, including thousands of children, making it the deadliest year yet in the war.

1 million wounded, diseases rife in Syria - WHO

2014-12-19 14:37

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the WHO’s Syria representative says.

Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

Rich nations' failure to take Syria refugees 'shocking'

2014-12-05 07:48

Wealthy nations have only taken in a 'pitiful' number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria's war, placing the burden on the country's neighbours, Amnesty International says.

Aid to 1.7 million Syrians suspended

2014-12-01 19:56

The World Food Programme has said that it was suspending key food aid to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.

Fleeing Syrians face 'new level of hopelessness'

2014-11-13 11:39

A new report says the plight of people fleeing Syria's civil war has reached 'a new level of hopelessness' as overstretched neighbours make it more difficult to escape.


Ban seeks action on Syria sieges, barrel bombs

2015-02-20 12:31

Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.

Syria army seeks to cut Aleppo rebel supply line

2015-02-17 15:49

Syrian government forces have gained ground in a new push north of the divided city of Aleppo, seeking to cut a vital rebel supply line, a monitoring group says.

Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

2015-01-26 14:16

President Bashar Assad says the US's plans to train vetted rebels to fight ISIS is 'illusory' as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview.

19 killed in rebel fire on Syria's Aleppo

2015-01-02 22:30

At least 19 people have been killed overnight by Syrian rebel fire on government-controlled parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Syria dissidents to discuss ways to end war

2014-12-24 20:35

Opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime will meet in Cairo to try to reach a common "vision" to end the nearly four-year war, an opposition source has said.

Journalist murders in Syria a shocking trend - report

2014-12-16 14:34

The beheading of journalists by Islamist militants in Syria this year shows reporters are facing a dangerous new threat, media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders says.

20 Aussie jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq

2014-12-09 14:18

Australia has accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as 'cannon fodder' and 'propaganda tools' after 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Monitor: Syria death toll now more than 200 000

2014-12-02 20:19

Syria's civil war has killed more than 200 000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group says.

Ship with 700 migrants safely in Greece

2014-11-27 14:01

More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have begun disembarking on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

2014-11-12 11:47

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria's civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues.

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