Obama wants inclusive governments in Arab world

2016-02-08 17:56

US President Barack Obama has urged Arab countries to establish inclusive governments to ensure security in a region rocked by turmoil.

Russian troops on high alert as part of massive drills

2016-02-08 17:56

President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

1000s of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkey border

2016-02-07 07:27

Thousands of Syrians have braved the cold and rain at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed regime assault on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster.

Syrian troops capture another village

2016-02-05 18:46

The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, have pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

ISIS numbers go down in Iraq, Syria

2016-02-04 22:32

A US defence official says intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State fighters has decreased in Iraq and Syria, but is increasing in Libya

Ban: Situation in Syria close to hell on earth

2016-02-04 19:39

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described the conditions in Syria as hellish, urging the international community to foster political dialogue to end the conflict.

40 000 Syrians flee regime's Aleppo advance

2016-02-04 17:45

Nearly 40 000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor says, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees.

Syria peace talks suspended

2016-02-03 22:39

The UN special envoy for Syria has announced a "temporary pause" of troubled talks in Switzerland aimed at ending the country's brutal civil war.

Syria: Lead opposition negotiator not optimistic

2016-02-03 18:30

The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator in peace talks in Geneva says he is "not optimistic" about strained efforts to end the nearly five-year war ravaging his country.

US: Assad a 'magnet for terrorism' who starves his own people

2016-02-02 21:30

Syrian President Bashar Assad is a brutal dictator who is a "magnet for terrorism" and uses "starvation as an instrument of war”, US Secretary of State John Kerry has charged.


Cameron warns of border issues if UK leaves EU

2016-02-08 17:56

Opponents are accusing British Prime Minister David Cameron of using scare tactics after he said that thousands of asylum-seekers could come to Britain overnight if the country votes to leave the European Union.

Russian authorities detain 7 on suspicion of terrorist plot

2016-02-08 15:35

Russia's state security service says it has detained 7 people in the country's Ural mountain region on suspicion of planning terrorist activities

EU says Turkey must keep border open to Syrians

2016-02-06 15:45

Top EU officials have reminded Turkey of its international obligations to keep its borders open to refugees as thousands flee a new government offensive in Syria.

Saudi Arabia ready to join anti-ISIS ground op in Syria

2016-02-05 05:34

Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria might decide on, a senior army official says.

Russia: Turkey 'preparing to invade Syria'

2016-02-04 20:35

Russia's defence ministry has accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria as recriminations flew following a bitter breakdown in peace talks.

Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift

2016-02-04 18:32

A 7-year-old Syrian girl with cancer has become the first of an estimated 1 000 refugees who are being brought to Italy on humanitarian grounds

US, France accuse Assad of undermining Syria peace talks

2016-02-04 09:37

The US and France have accused President Bashar Assad's regime of undermining talks to end Syria's civil war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet to raise aid for the conflict-torn country.

Aid convoy enters regime-besieged Syrian town

2016-02-03 21:34

An aid convoy has entered a regime-besieged town near Syria's capital at a time when the opposition is demanding a lifting of blockades at peace talks in Geneva, the Red Cross says.

Syria aid conference seeks record $9bn for 2016

2016-02-03 14:22

International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organisers of the annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9bn for 2016.

Syria govt says peace talks 'still in preparatory phase'

2016-02-02 16:59

The Syrian government has rejected that indirect peace talks have properly begun, with the head of its delegation describing negotiations as still in a "preparatory phase" and calling the opposition "not serious".

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