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The United States has imposed sanctions on Samer Foz, a Syrian industrialist behind high-end developments, including the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, for allegedly enriching President Bashar al-Assad.
A barrage of Russian strikes on rebel-held towns in southern Syria killed 22 civilians, the bloodiest day yet of the government's offensive in the strategic region.
Syria enters its eighth year of war, free of the jihadist "caliphate" but torn apart by an international power struggle as the regime presses its blistering reconquest.
The Kremlin has announced that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was asked to travel to Russia to get him to agree to potential Russia-Iran-Turkey peace initiatives.
Russia says one of its submarines fired three ballistic missiles to destroy a command post of the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province.
US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron have agreed on the need for a "joint response" in the event of another chemical attack in Syria.
In the first results from talks on ending Syria's conflict, the UN says the warring sides had agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues."
Russian president says ties with US worsened in recent months as top diplomats lock horns over Syria conflict.
G7 foreign ministers have failed to agree on whether fresh sanctions should be imposed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his ally Russia, says Italy's Foreign Minister.
Russia should end its support for "toxic" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says ahead of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy.
The rapid fall of Daraa city, the cradle of Syria's uprising, is an important victory for President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but the country's devastating war is far from over, analysts say.
Senior Russian military officials has called for the United Nations and other international organisations to help rebuild Syrian territory recaptured by government forces, in order to consolidate the "successes" of the military campaign.
French President Emmanuel Macron predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fresh peace talks early next year.
Despite signing up to the Paris climate accord Syria has not been invited to a summit on the pact in the French capital in December, says the French foreign ministry.
Russia has vetoed a US-drafted resolution that would have granted a one-year extension to the mandate of a panel investigating who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has lauded his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani's election victory and vowed to continue co-operating with Tehran.
US President Donald Trump has called on Russia to rein in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his key ally Iran.
President Bashar al-Assad should not be part of Syria's future, says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as G7 allies rejected a call for new sanctions.
The US strike on a Syrian air base destroyed a fifth of the Damascus regime's remaining warplanes, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has said as Washington fired a fresh salvo of warnings at President Bashar Assad.
The US is stepping up pressure on Russia to regin in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning that any further chemical attacks would be "very damaging".
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