Jets bomb eastern Syrian city

2013-10-18 13:41

Syrian air force jets have bombarded the eastern city of Deir al-Zor after heavy overnight clashes and the killing of one of President Bashar Assad's top military intelligence officers.


Syria conflict timeline

2013-09-02 09:50

See a timeline of the major events in Syria since their first anti-government protest two years ago.

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Thousands of refugees from Syria have fled to Iraq's temporary camps. This video by the United Nations refugee agency shows Syrians at a temporary camp in Kwargost.

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Assad 'unharmed' after reported attack

2013-08-08 09:01

Syrian rebels say they have targeted President Bashar Assad's motorcade as he was heading to attend prayers at a mosque, but footage broadcast by state television has showed him unharmed.

Bahrain toughens 'terror acts' penalties

2013-08-01 19:02

Bahrain's King Hamad has decreed stiffer penalties for "terror acts" in the country rocked by a Shi'ite-led uprising since 2011, says a report.

Chemical weapons inspectors to visit Syria

2013-08-01 08:08

UN inspectors will travel to Syria to investigate claims of chemical weapons use after President Bashar Assad's government granted access to three sites, says the United Nations.

UN chemical weapons experts in Damascus

2013-07-24 14:03

Two senior UN inspectors tasked with examining claims that chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria's civil war have arrived in Damascus, says an AFP photographer.

Syria stray bullets kill 2 Turkish citizens

2013-07-17 15:03

One man and a 15-year-old boy have been killed after they were hit by stray bullets from Syria in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, say Turkish security sources and health officials.

Syria Ramadan ceasefire 'desirable'

2013-07-16 12:00

Iran says it will welcome a ceasefire between rebel forces and the Syrian government during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, reiterating that a national dialogue was critical.

Ousted Baathists made mistakes: Assad

2013-07-11 13:03

Ruling party leaders removed in a reshuffle this week had made mistakes while in office, Syria's President Bashar Assad has told the Baath party's mouthpiece in an interview.

UN calls for Ramadan truce in Syria

2013-07-09 09:55

Syria's ruling Baath party has replaced its top leadership in a surprise move, while UN head Ban Ki-Moon has called on all parties in the war to observe a truce during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Assad: Opposition failed to oust regime

2013-07-04 14:02

Syria's President Bashar Assad has claimed in an interview that his opponents have "used up all their tools" and have failed to overthrow his regime.

Egyptians mass before military deadline

2013-07-02 15:20

With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president are seeking to push the embattled leader further toward the edge.

Egypt opposition won't back military coup

2013-07-02 13:09

Egypt's main opposition coalition says it won't support a "military coup" and trusts that an army statement giving political leaders 48 hours to resolve the current crisis doesn't mean it would assume a political role.

Egypt foreign minister resigns

2013-07-02 09:57

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr has tendered his resignation, a report says.

Egypt's presidency rejects army ultimatum

2013-07-02 07:55

Egypt's presidency has rejected an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if Islamist President Mohammed Morsi doesn't meet the demands of the people.

Obama: Egypt must show restraint

2013-07-01 21:45

US President Barack Obama has called on all parties in Egypt to show restraint in mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt military issues 48-hour ultimatum

2013-07-01 19:12

Egypt's military has given the president and his opponents 48 hours to reach agreement or it will intervene.

4 Egypt ministers quit Morsi cabinet

2013-07-01 15:10

Egypt's ministers of tourism, environment, communication and legal affairs have tendered their resignations a day after massive protests against President Mohammed Morsi swept the country, an official says.

Protesters storm Brotherhood HQ in Cairo

2013-07-01 12:15

Egyptian protesters have stormed the headquarters of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood after deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi.

Opposition sets deadline for Morsi to go

2013-07-01 10:00

Egypt's opposition Tamarod movement which led nationwide protests against President Mohammed Morsi has given the Islamist leader a deadline of Tuesday to resign.

Egypt's Morsi 'working to fix errors'

2013-07-01 07:56

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi knows he has made mistakes and is working to fix them, his spokesperson says after a day of protests demanding that the head of state quit.

Anti-Morsi activists flood Cairo streets

2013-06-30 21:50

Egyptians have flooded the streets of Cairo, determined to oust Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on the anniversary of his turbulent first year in power.

Small protests rumble on in Istanbul

2013-06-27 15:03

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in a residential area of the Turkish capital, setting up barricades and lighting small bonfires.

More than 100 000 killed in Syria conflict

2013-06-26 13:04

More than 100 000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the country's uprising in March 2011, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog.


Assad will remain in office - minister

2013-10-01 13:30

Syria's President Bashar Assad will remain in office, and has the right to decide to run for re-election next year, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi says.


Protests are increasing as expectations grow of a foreign military strike on Syria. See the latest pictures of the conflict in and surrounding Syria here.

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Syria denies Assad motorcade attacked

2013-08-08 10:02

Syrian authorities have denied media reports of an attack on President Bashar Assad's motorcade as he was on his way to a mosque to attend prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Syria eyes frozen bank accounts for food

2013-08-06 19:45

Syria is trying to tap frozen funds in foreign bank accounts to step up purchases of food stocks, as a humanitarian crisis pushes President Bashar Assad to seek new ways to feed his people.

Assad lauds his army, says he will win war

2013-08-01 11:00

The Syrian president has lauded his military troops, saying they are fighting the "fiercest" war but that he is confident they will win in the country's conflict.

Violence in Syria blocks food aid: UN

2013-07-30 17:19

The United Nations' food agency says 600 000 Syrians have not receive aid this month as spiralling violence has prevented convoys from reaching them.

Shelling destroys historic Syrian shrine

2013-07-22 11:09

Syrian army shelling has destroyed the historic mausoleum of a companion of the Prophet Mohammed in the central city of Homs, a monitoring group says.

Pakistan Taliban says no shift to Syria

2013-07-16 15:52

The Pakistani Taliban has rejected suggestions they are sending fighters to Syria, saying some have gone there independently but the movement's focus remained in Pakistan.

Syrians in Egypt swept up in turmoil

2013-07-15 13:28

Once welcomed with open arms in Egypt, many of the tens of thousands of Syrians who took refuge here have now found themselves targets of hate speech and intimidation.

Islamist jihadists in Syria worry UK

2013-07-10 15:50

Islamic extremists fighting in Syria pose one of the most worrying threats to Britain and its allies, particularly if they gain access to the regime's stocks of chemical weapons, say British lawmakers.

Israeli who joined Syria rebels jailed

2013-07-08 15:00

Israel has sentenced an Arab citizen to 30 months' imprisonment for endangering national security by briefly joining Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

Morsi refuses to quit amid new bloodshed

2013-07-03 07:28

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has vowed he won't quit, despite mass protests, an army ultimatum, and deadly violence - including 16 supporters being shot dead.

Morsi must listen to Egyptians – UN

2013-07-02 14:08

The UN human rights office has called on President Mohammed Morsi to listen to the demands of the Egyptian people and engage in a "serious national dialogue" to defuse the political crisis.

Egypt court orders back sacked prosecutor

2013-07-02 11:40

An Egyptian court has ordered the reinstatement of public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud, whose sacking in November sparked a bitter row between President Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary.

Obama calls Morsi over Egypt crisis

2013-07-02 08:54

President Barack Obama has called President Mohammed Morsi to warn him that the voices of all Egyptians must be heard as a political crisis escalates, the White House says.

Egypt army denies 'coup'

2013-07-01 22:47

The Egyptian have denied that an earlier statement from its commander amounted to a military coup.

Morsi meets with Egypt army chief

2013-07-01 20:33

Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has met the head of Egypt's armed forces along with the prime minister.

Protesters give Morsi deadline to go

2013-07-01 16:35

The organisers of anti-government protests have given Islamist President Mohammed Morsi until Tuesday afternoon to step down.

Syria neighbours block thousands: Group

2013-07-01 14:08

Syria's neighbours have closed or tightened restrictions at several border crossings, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded within Syria's dangerous frontier regions, says Human Rights Watch.

Egypt streets quiet

2013-07-01 11:13

An outpouring anger that put millions of Egyptians on the streets has subsided but the country's leaders seem no closer to ending a political stalemate.

Fears of more violence in chaotic Egypt

2013-07-01 09:00

Fears are widespread that collisions between Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's supporters and his opponents could grow more violent in coming days.

Scores wounded, 4 dead in Egypt clashes

2013-06-30 22:57

At least four people have been killed in Egypt, and nearly 200 wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Syrian activists say 3 killed in Homs

2013-06-30 11:30

Syrian activists say three people have been killed in government airstrikes on the central city of Homs.

Syria rebels lose border town

2013-06-26 20:30

Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have retaken a town on the Lebanese border as they press an offensive against rebels in a conflict that has now cost more than 100 000 lives, activists say.

Begging for food spreads in Syria

2013-06-25 17:09

Families in Syria are increasingly resorting to begging for food to cope with shortages and high prices wrought by the civil war, says the World Food Programme.

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