Syria truce crumbles as air raids hit Eastern Ghouta

2017-07-23 14:15

Syrian government forces have carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area outside of Damascus, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area.

EU says Assad regime responsible for 'awful' Syria attack

2017-04-04 17:46

The regime of Bashar al-Assad bears "primary responsibility" for a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 58 people, says EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

110 journalists killed in 2015, most in 'peaceful' countries

2015-12-29 08:16

A total of 110 journalists have been killed around the world in 2015, Reporters Without Borders say, warning that more were being deliberately targeted for their work in supposedly peaceful countries.

Calendar agreed for Syria polls, Assad's fate undecided

2015-11-14 23:15

World diplomats have agreed on a path to Syrian elections in 18 months at talks in Vienna driven by a fresh sense of urgency after the Paris attacks, although the fate of President Bashar Al-Assad remained a sticking point.

Syria opposition to boycott UN talks, cites Russia strikes

2015-10-11 22:20

Syria's key opposition National Coalition says it would boycott talks proposed by UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura over concerns about his plan and Russia's air strikes in the country.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

ISIL 'crucifies' 8 rebels in Syria

2014-06-29 14:35

A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists, according to a monitor.

Syria rebels blow up hotel turned army base

2014-05-08 13:18

Syrian rebels blew up a luxury hotel turned army base in the historic heart of Aleppo after tunnelling under the front line that divides the northern city.

UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

2014-04-08 21:53

The UN's food aid agency warned that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people's lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

Activists: Syria will let food into rebel town

2013-12-26 14:24

Syrian activists say that government officials have promised to allow food into a rebel-held town that's been under blockade for months, if residents raise the Syrian national flag and if rebels hand over heavy weapons.


Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS: Monitor

2017-05-13 14:51

Syria's army captured an airbase in eastern Aleppo from the Islamic State group on Saturday, after more than two months of fierce clashes, a military source and monitor said.

UN postpones Syria political talks until 20 February

2017-02-01 07:26

The United Nations has announced that UN-sponsored political talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups have been postponed from February 8 until February 20, partly to try to solidify the cease-fire.

Two men linked to Paris attacks registered as migrants in Greece

2015-11-14 23:52

Two men who French police are seeking to identify in connection with the Paris attacks registered as migrants with Greek authorities earlier this year, Greek police have confirmed.

Syria criticises Vienna peace talks over 'terrorism fight'

2015-11-01 20:28

Syria has downplayed international talks held days ago in Vienna with the aim of ending the country's four-year war, saying they failed to stop support for "terrorists" - a reference to opposition forces.

Russian jets hit 63 targets in Syria in past 24 hours

2015-10-11 18:06

Russian fighter jets hit 63 targets in Syria in the past 24 hours, the defence ministry says, as Moscow intensifies a campaign it says is aimed against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

2014-07-09 12:27

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Syria refugee children forced to work

2014-06-12 14:41

At least 50 000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are working, often in dire conditions and for 12 hours a day, to pay for food and shelter for their families, aid organisation Care has said.

Jordan opens Syria refugee camp for over 100 000

2014-04-30 17:31

Jordan has opened another Syrian refugee camp for 130 000 people, expecting more to flee fighting.

Syria's Assad sends message to pope

2013-12-29 14:47

Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a message to Pope Francis, expressing his determination to defend Syrians of all religions against hardline Islamists among the rebels.

West signals Assad may stay

2013-12-18 07:40

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.

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