Syria army launches assault in besieged Homs

2014-04-16 11:20

Syrian troops and pro-regime militiamen have fought their way into rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after besieging them for nearly two years.

Evacuees from Syria fear indefinite detention

2014-04-15 20:56

Some 400 men from Syria's city of Homs, who recently surrendered to the authorities, fear they may be held indefinitely, activists have said.

UN to see grim images of Syria dead

2014-04-15 09:12

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

Syria opposition has 'evidence' of gas attack

2014-04-14 14:14

Syrian opposition activists have posted video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks.

Assad says war turning in govt's favour

2014-04-14 08:45

President Bashar Assad says that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150 000 lives is turning in the government's favour, news agency Sana reports.

Syrians trade blame over 'poison' attack on town

2014-04-12 19:00

Syrian state television and medical sources in central Hama province have swapped accusations over an attack that reportedly caused “suffocation and poisoning” of residents.

Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria govt over

2014-04-07 09:04

Syria's government is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah says.

Mortar shells slam into Syrian capital

2014-04-05 20:32

Mortar shells slammed into several areas of the Syrian capital, with one hitting near the Russian embassy without causing injuries, a monitoring group says.

Millionth Syria refugee registered in Lebanon

2014-04-03 13:22

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon has officially topped 1 million, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war.

Kuwait minister rejects terror fund accusation by US

2014-04-01 13:01

Kuwait's justice and Islamic affairs minister has rejected remarks from a senior US official that he called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.

Syria rebels lick their wounds in Lebanon

2014-03-31 12:35

A young Syrian rebel commander has revealed the story of "insane" army shelling of his native Qalamun region as he tells of his perilous evacuation across the border into Lebanon.

60 UN staffers remain detained or in captivity

2014-03-26 08:44

The United Nations is marking a day of solidarity with the dozens of staffers around the world who remain in detention or in the hands of their abductors.

Syrian rebels capture town near Turkish border

2014-03-24 14:48

Hard-line Islamic rebels have captured a small town in north-western Syria near the Turkish border as part of their offensive in the rugged coastal region, activists say.

Syria-linked clashes claim 24 victims in Lebanon

2014-03-22 17:01

Eight days of Syria-linked clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli have killed 24 people, as sniper fire forced the closure of the highway to Syria.

Australian killed in Syria was ex-soldier - govt

2014-03-19 12:31

An Australian man killed in the Syrian conflict was a former soldier who went absent without leave several years ago, a senior official says.

Israel bombs Syria army targets at Golan

2014-03-19 08:01

The Israeli air force has launched strikes against Syrian army positions overnight, just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights injured four of its soldiers, the military says.

UN panel identifies war criminals in Syria

2014-03-18 22:40

A UN panel investigating human rights abuses in Syria has identified those responsible for crimes such as executions and compiled a list with an aim to hold those accountable.

Don't forget Syria conflict - UN refugee chief

2014-03-12 11:19

The head of the United Nation's refugee agency says it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but he is more concerned about attention diverted away from Syria.

Syria says it freed 25 in exchange for nuns

2014-03-11 14:52

The Syrian government has freed only 25 prisoners – and not the 150 reported by foreign mediators – in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaeda-linked rebels, an official says.

Syria war may last 10 more years - experts

2014-03-07 08:21

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as jihadist groups flood the battlefield and Iran and Russia provide support for the Bashar Assad government, experts say.

Syria army tightens grip on rebel town

2014-03-04 15:02

Syrian state media say government forces are advancing in battle and tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon.

Israel warns Lebanon over Hezbollah reprisals

2014-02-28 15:06

Israel has warned Lebanon to prevent threatened Hezbollah retaliation for an alleged Israeli air strike on a site used by the guerrillas on the Syrian border.

Qaeda splinter group retreats from Syria town

2014-02-28 13:06

Fighters from an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), has withdrawn from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group says.

UN: Syria kids in Lebanon risk starvation

2014-02-25 20:03

Nearly 2 000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are in danger of starving to death if they do not receive immediate treatment, Unicef says.


Rebels spotted with US-made rockets in Syria

2014-04-16 07:15

Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

2014-04-15 12:29

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

UN: Torture routinely used in Syria

2014-04-14 22:39

The UN's human rights chief has condemned the "routine" use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out.

Syria army seizes ancient Christian town

2014-04-14 13:14

Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters have recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, military sources and state television says.

Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

2014-04-13 21:49

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus in Syria were so far "unsubstantiated".

Syria election won't be delayed – minister

2014-04-08 10:38

The Syrian government says it has no intention of delaying an election that is likely to give President Bashar Assad a third term, regardless of war or politics.

NGO: 29 rebels dead in premature car bomb blast

2014-04-06 19:52

At least 29 rebels have died in a blast in the city of Homs in Syria as they primed a car bomb for an attack, an NGO says.

Lebanese army take full control of highway

2014-04-05 17:31

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says government forces have taken full control of a highway in the country's northeast once patrolled by gunmen.

More than 150 000 killed in Syria conflict - NGO

2014-04-01 14:12

More than 150 000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group says in a new toll.

France in new tack to fight roots of terrorism

2014-03-31 15:08

To stop the stream of French youths pursuing jihad in Syria, France is preparing to try to tackle terrorism before it starts, by involving schools, parents and local Muslim leaders.

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.

26 dead over 12 days in Lebanon's Tripoli

2014-03-24 14:48

Twenty-six people, most of them civilians, have been killed in 12 days of clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus fighters in Lebanon’s second city Tripoli, a security source says.

Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

2014-03-24 07:20

A cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been killed in battles with Islamist rebels near the border with Turkey, activists and state media say.

Syria surrenders almost half of chemical arsenal

2014-03-19 22:03

Syria has removed almost half of its chemical arsenal, the world's chemical watchdog says.

Syria creates 'space agency' despite war

2014-03-19 11:00

Syria's government has decided to establish a "space agency" to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart.

US shutters Syrian embassy, missions

2014-03-19 07:07

The United States has closed down Syria's embassy to Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens.

Fear rules in Damascus three years on

2014-03-18 19:54

During a recent meeting of Damascene merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria's powerful and dreaded state security apparatus.

Syria foreign minister hospitalised in Beirut

2014-03-15 07:00

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, who led the regime's negotiating team at the failed peace talks this year, has been admitted to hospital in neighbouring Lebanon, a medical source says.

Jihadists 'execute' at least 22 in Syria

2014-03-12 07:19

Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have "executed" at least 22 persons, among them 12 rebels, in the north of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Syria rebels release kidnapped nuns

2014-03-10 08:19

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities.

March critical to eliminate Syria chemical arms

2014-03-06 07:19

The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons says the government has accelerated its efforts after several missed deadlines and that March will be critical.

Syria govt launches air strike on rebel bastion

2014-03-04 11:42

Syrian helicopters have dropped explosives-packed barrels near rebel-held Yabrud, a monitoring group says.

Ban cites Syria at Rwanda genocide memorial

2014-02-28 13:19

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has drawn a parallel between Syria’s civil war and the Rwandan genocide, describing both conflicts as gross failures of the international community to stop deadly wrongdoing.

Syria army ambush kills 175 rebels

2014-02-26 18:25

More than 170 Islamist rebel fighters, including Saudis, Qataris and Chechens, were killed Wednesday in a Syrian army ambush near Damascus, state news agency SANA reported.

UN: Palestinians in Syria camp 'traumatised'

2014-02-25 15:01

The chief of the UN relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is "deeply disturbed and shaken" by the despair and destruction he'd seen in a camp in the Syrian capital.

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