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  • 08/09/2013 | Argentina

    Obama in the lions’ den

    By James Neilson
    No doubt it is most gratifying to be hailed as “the most powerful man in the world” by one’s awestruck compatriots, but on occasion Barack Obama must wish he were just an ordinary mortal whose rhetorical flourishes should not be taken too literally so he could spend more time on the golf course hobnobbing with his cronies.

  • 30/12/2011 | Argentina

    Seventeen dead as Syrians stage mass protests

    Syrian security forces opened fire at protesters, killing at least 12, as hundreds of thousands filled the streets of restive cities to demonstrate against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, opposition activists said.

  • 29/08/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina condemns military attack on Syria

    Argentina has officially condemned the West's intents for a strike on Syria saying a military intervention could “aggravate” the country’s domestic scenario and repudiated the use of chemical weapons.

  • 06/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK: 'Majority of G20 leaders agreed on UN humanitarian intervention in Syria'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today revealed that the majority of the leaders who participated in the G20 meeting in St Petersburg rejected a military intervention in Syria adding that after the final discussions of the summit, there was “consensus” over a humanitarian intervention of the United Nations.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Syria, Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war

    The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    Syria's Al-Assad swears in, vows to take back the country

    Bashar al-Assad was sworn in as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Israeli kills 10 members of Syria's army in response to deadly rocket fire

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group has said, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    Obama seeks $500 mn from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria's opposition, asked the US Congress today to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    ISIL declares Islamic 'Caliphate'

    An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said.

  • 19/06/2014 | World

    Two men arrested in Texas on terrorism charges

    Two men in central Texas have been arrested on charges of trying "to provide material support to terrorists," with one of the pair seeking to aid extremist groups fighting in Syria, US prosecutors said.

  • 21/06/2014 | World

    Militants seize border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier

    Sunni fighters seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said today, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers almost a century ago and potentially creating an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Iran's Khameini rejects US action in Iraq, ISIL tightens border grip

    Iran's supreme leader accused the United States of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Re-elected Al-Assad announces amnesty

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced a wide-ranging amnesty, less than a week after he was re-elected in the midst of civil war.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    UN warns of 'regional war' in the Middle East

    The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, UN human rights investigators said.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Syrian army bombs refugee camp, activists say

    Syrian army helicopters have bombed a refugee camp along the Jordanian border today, killing at least 20 people, mostly children and women, residents and opposition activists said.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    Syrians vote amid civil war, Assad's win expected

    Syrians voted in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    UN asks Al-Assad to 'clarify discrepancies' in Syria's chemical weapons declaration

    Inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have asked President Bashar al-Assad's government to clarify disparities in its original declaration on its cache of toxic gas, UN diplomats said.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

    President Bashar al-Assad secured re-election by a landslide, Syria's parliamentary speaker said today, in a vote dismissed as a sham by his opponents and held amid a raging civil war which grew out of protests against his rule.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    Obama pledges aid to Syria groups

    US President Barack Obama fought back against critics of his foreign policy by insisting US reliance on diplomacy over military intervention was working to resolve global crises like Ukraine and Iran, and he pledged to ramp up support for Syria's opposition.

  • 29/05/2014 | World

    Syria is a country in ruins, the UN says

    Two-thirds of Syrians live in poverty, 2.67 millions lost their jobs and public health and education systems are in ruins, according to a report released by the UN after three years of conflict and repression in the country.

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    US gov't says American citizen was suicide bomber in Syria

    The US State Department confirmed that an American citizen had carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.

  • 15/05/2014 | World

    Car bomb attack kills 43 at Syrian border with Turkey

    At least 43 people were killed when a car bomb went off at a Syrian border post on the frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Syrian opposition activists accuse Al-Assad of new chlorine gas attack

    Syrian opposition activists said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had dropped a chlorine bomb on a rebel-held village, killing a teenager, the sixth alleged poison gas attack there in two months.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    Russia, China veto UN effort to refer Syria to International Court

    Russia and China have vetoed a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's three-year civil war.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Rebels evacuated from Homs, cradle of Syrian uprising

    Hundreds of Syrian rebels today abandoned their last stronghold in the heart of Homs city, an epicentre of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Syrian gov't to regain control over Homs

    Syrian forces say they will take full control today over Homs, a city once vibrant with pro-democracy crowds but now associated with images of ruin that epitomise the brutality of Syria's civil war.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Lakhdar Brahimi to resign as UN-Arab League mediator in Syria

    International Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will step down on May 31 after nearly two years of seeking an end to "the brutal and still worsening" civil war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

  • 29/04/2014 | World

    Chemical watchdog to investigate chlorine claims in Syria

    The global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile will send a fact-finding mission to Syria to investigate allegations by rebels and activists of chlorine gas attacks.

  • 04/05/2014 | World

    Syria: Al-Assad to face two candidates for presidential election

    A Syrian court said it had accepted requests from Bashar al-Assad and two other candidates to be nominated to run in a presidential election next month.

  • 21/04/2014 | World

    Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Syrian elections will hamper the prospects for political solution’

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that Syria's newly announced presidential election will undermine efforts to achieve a political solution to Syria's three-year-old civil war if it goes ahead on June 3, the United Nations said today.

  • 24/04/2014 | World

    Syria: Chemical weapons watchdog considering investigation on chlorine gas attacks

    The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission to investigate reports of attacks with chlorine gas.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    Syria: Al-Assad formally submits candidacy for re-election

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared he will seek re-election in June, defying calls from his opponents to step aside and allow a political solution to the devastating civil war.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    Syria submits more "detailed" list of chemical weapons

    Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.

  • 20/04/2014 | World

    Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.

  • 21/04/2014 | World

    Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said today, setting a date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    UN reports almost half Syria chemicals packed for removal

    Syria has packed 40 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal into containers to be taken outside the country and destroyed, and convoy security has been deployed to deal with violence around the port city of Latakia, the head of the mission overseeing the operation said.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kerry says willing to take blame for US foreign policy failures

    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

  • 13/04/2014 | World

    Syria's Assad: Rebel war going government's way

    Assad's allies have portrayed him as confident and in control and they expect him to run for and win a presidential election in July - a turnaround from last year when he looked on the verge of defeat as rebels advanced towards Damascus, struck in the heart of the capital and took control of key areas.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    US shuts Syrian embassy, consulate operations, orders diplomats out

    The United States today suspended operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and its consulates and told diplomats and staff who are not US citizens or permanent residents to leave the country.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hilal al-Assad, local head of the National Defence Force militia, and seven of his fighters were killed in clashes with the Nusra Front and other Islamist brigades.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    Turkey gov't blocks YouTube as top security recording leaked

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan today denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    UNICEF: 5.5 million children affected by Syrian conflict

    The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Syrian forces take full control of rebel town

    Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants took full control of the town of Yabroud after driving out rebels, helping President Bashar al-Assad secure the land route connecting the capital Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast.

  • 27/02/2014 | World

    Syria denounces two attempted attacks on chemical convoys

    There were two attempted attacks on Syrian convoys transporting chemical weapons late last month, Syrian authorities told the international mission overseeing the removal and destruction of its toxic arsenal.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Syria ships out a third of its chemical weapons

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Damascus had now handed over six consignments of the toxic agents it declared to the OPCW as part of a Russian-US deal struck last year.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    UN says world powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes

    All sides in Syria's civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish civilians and big powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist, UN human rights investigators said today.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons

    Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter time frame, diplomats said today.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Syrian rebel leader killed by rival Islamists

    A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack today, intensifying in-fighting between rival Islamist fighters.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Activists: Air raids in central Syria kill 26

    Air raids on rebel-held towns across Syria have killed 26 people, activists said, two days after the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Lack of progress in Geneva peace talks, mediator 'apologizes to Syrian people'

    International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people for the lack of progress at peace talks in Geneva after their second round ended with little more than an agreement to meet again.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks failure spurs US-Russia recriminations

    The United States accused Damascus today of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    Syria killing accelerates as peace talks falter

    Syrians have been dying in greater numbers than ever since peace talks began three weeks ago, activists said, as troops pounded rebel towns on the Lebanese border and negotiations faltered in Geneva.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Syria 'failure' looms, mediator seeks US, Russian help

    Warning that "failure" was staring him in the face, the Syria peace talks mediator said that the United States and Russia had promised renewed support to keep their rival Syrian allies talking.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    Thousands flee Syrian rebel-held town as 'major assault' looms

    Thousands of people have fled a rebel-held town in Syria after it was bombed and shelled in an operation that has prompted fears of a major assault by ground troops, the United Nations said.

  • 09/02/2014 | World

    Syria: Six hundred evacuees out of Old Homs

    Six hundred people have left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs, a local official said, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the most protracted blockades of Syria's devastating conflict.

  • 10/02/2014 | World

    Faltering start to second round of Syria talk; 450 evacuated from Homs

    A second round of Syria peace talks got off to a shaky start today with the international mediator meeting the two sides separately after violations of a local ceasefire and an Islamist offensive set back his efforts.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Mediator admits little progress in Syria talks

    Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said following a meeting of the warring parties in Geneva.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    UN chief confident Syria can meet chemical weapons deadline

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was confident Syria would meet a June 30 deadline to eliminate its entire chemical weapons program under a US-Russian plan.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Syria starts evacuating civilians from besieged Homs center

    Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria's warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid in to those who remain.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Is Damascus now a direct threat to the United States?

    David Rohde
    Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not — that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    83 killed as Syrian forces bomb Aleppo

    Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo today, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign many consider a war crime.

  • 04/02/2014 | World

    Russia: Syria to ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction

    Russia has said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Bashar al-Assad's air force.

  • 05/02/2014 | World

    Syria misses deadline to hand over all critical chemicals

    Syria today missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US official warns over Syria Al-Qaeda attack

    US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has alleged that a Syrian faction of al Qaeda seeks to perform an attack on US soil.

  • 31/01/2014 | World

    Syria talks end first round, government uncommitted to return

    A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended today with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Face-to-face Syrian talks stall once more

    Face-to-face talks between Syria's warring parties stalled over easing the humanitarian crisis, opposition delegates said, deepening doubts over tougher political negotiations which are due to follow.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks hit trouble as Homs 'starves'

    The United States demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US accuses Syria of dragging its feet on chemical arms

    The United States accused Syria of dragging its feet on the handover of chemical weapons, a delay that puts at risk what US President Barack Obama touted only this week as a US diplomatic achievement in Syria's civil war.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Syrian foes meet in presence of mediator

    Syria's foes have held their first meeting in the same room in the presence of international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi after a day's delay and fierce recriminations. The talks in Geneva aimed to launch political negotiations on ending Syria's nearly three-year conflict, which has killed 130,000 people, displaced over third of Syria's 22 million population and destabilized the wider region.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Syrian opposition leader demands a future without President Assad

    Syria's opposition leader has laid out his demands for talks on ending his country's civil war, calling for the creation of a transitional government that does not include President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Syria opposition refuses to meet government in Geneva talks

    Syria's first peace talks have faltered before they began, with opponents of President Bashar al-Assad refusing to meet his delegation unless it first signs up to a protocol calling for a transitional government.

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Syrian govt, opposition to discuss aid for Homs

    The Syrian government and opposition have agreed to discuss over the next two days a possible deal to provide humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs as part of confidence building measures, diplomatic sources said.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Syria gov't, opposition clash at first summit

    Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility at a UN peace conference, where world powers also offered sharply differing views on forcing out President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    China says all issues on table in Syria talks

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that talks to end the war in Syria should cover all topics of concern to the two sides, including the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    UN envoy meets Syria foes to salvage talks after bitter start

    A UN envoy was to meet delegations from Syria's government and its foes on Lake Geneva, trying to salvage peace talks after an acrimonious start by focusing on local ceasefires and prisoner swaps rather than a political deal.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US: Iran invitation to attend Syria talks should be withdrawn

    The United States has insisted that a UN invitation to Iran to attend a January 22 peace conference on ending Syria's war should be withdrawn unless Tehran fully supports a 2012 plan to establish a transitional government in Syria.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    Iran says won't join Syria talks if required to accept 2012 deal

    Iran's UN ambassador issued Tehran's most unambiguous statement so far on Iranian participation in this week's peace talks on Syria, saying that Iran will definitely not take part if it is required to accept a June 2012 deal agreed in Geneva.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Germany will help dispose of Syrian chemical weapons

    Germany will help destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons materials as part of an international disarmament programme, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad

    In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Syrian rebels reject 'hollow' peace talks

    A powerful alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels have rejected upcoming peace talks, meaning that even if the talks reach an unlikely breakthrough in the three year old civil war, it will be harder to implement it on the ground.

  • 28/12/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad sends direct message to Pope Francis ahead of peace talks

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent Pope Francis a private message, the Vatican has said, without disclosing its contents. Vatican sources said the message likely included the Syrian government's position ahead of peace talks due to start on January 22 under UN auspices in Geneva.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Syrian rebels launch offensive against al Qaeda

    Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials

    Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.

  • 22/12/2013 | World

    Syrian helicopter bomb raids kill 42 in Aleppo

    At least 42 people, including children, were killed today when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

  • 27/12/2013 | World

    Beirut massive bomb blast kills ex Lebanese minister

    Former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a massive bomb blast which one of his political allies blamed on Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah militia.

  • 15/12/2013 | World

    Syrian helicopter bomb raids kill 36 in Aleppo

    Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today.

  • 16/12/2013 | World

    Russia: US ignored appeals for Syria chemical arms proof

    Russia has accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year old civil war.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    British surgeon jailed in Syria dies in detention

    A British surgeon who was arrested last November within 48 hours of arriving in Syria to volunteer as an emergency doctor has died in jail, his family and a senior British official said on.

  • 02/12/2013 | World

    Anti-Assad group: Syria death toll hits nearly 126,000

    The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    France says 'pessimistic' on Syria, has doubts about peace talks

    France's foreign minister said he was "pessimistic" about the situation in Syria and had great doubts about the success of a proposed peace conference to be held in Switzerland next month.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    One dead, nine injured in shelling of Damascus Russian embassy

    One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • 29/11/2013 | World

    Syrian forces re-take town in Qalamoun region

    Forces loyal to Assad have recaptured a Christian town on the main highway north of the capital, the army said, putting them back on the offensive in the strategic region near the Lebanese border.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    US to destroy Syria's chemicals at sea

    Washington has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out. Albania had backed out of hosting the work.

  • 24/11/2013 | World

    Scores killed as rebels fights to break siege in outskirts of Damascus

    Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said today.

  • 25/11/2013 | World

    Syria peace talks set for January 22 in Geneva

    An international peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held on January 22, the first face-to-face talks between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and rebels seeking to overthrow him, the United Nations said today.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference

    The Syrian National Coalition opposition group will attend the long-delayed "Geneva 2" talks in January aimed at ending the country's civil war, the group's president, Ahmad Jarba, said.

  • 10/11/2013 | World

    Syrian army retakes northern military base in third day of clashes

    Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants recaptured an army base in northern Syria from rebels today, the third day of heavy fighting for the strategic military target which has changed hands three times since Friday.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Islamist rebels behead fellow fighter by mistake

    A group of Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels linked to al Qaeda have beheaded one of their own wounded fighters after mistaking him for a foreign Shi'ite fighting for President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    Syria-linked suicide attacks kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

    Two suicide bombings rocked Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon today, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attache and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.

  • 26/10/2013 | World

    $1.3 million worth of art auctioned for Syrian refugee children

    An estimated $1.3 million worth of art from more than 130 artists, mostly from Syria and Lebanon, is being auctioned at below-gallery prices in Beirut to raise money for Syrian refugee children.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities

    Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program, the international chemical weapons watchdog said today.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    US Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent Syria's opposition.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    Gulf states, Egypt back Saudi in UN seat row

    Saudi Arabia's Gulf Arab allies and Egypt have applauded its decision to reject a UN Security Council seat in protest at the world body's failure to act on Syria, whose leader is backed by Russia and Shi'ite Iran.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    UN aid chief demands Security Council action on Syria aid access

    UN aid chief Valerie Amos demanded stronger action by the UN Security Council to get desperately needed aid into Syria, where 2.5 million people in need have not received help for almost a year.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Chemical weapons watchdog says Syria cooperating with mission

    The head of the Hague-based global chemical weapons watchdog said today that Syrian officials had been "quite cooperative" in the early stages of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.

  • 13/10/2013 | World

    Gunmen abduct six Red Cross workers and local volunteer in Syria

    Gunmen abducted six Red Cross workers and a local volunteer of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in northwest Syria today, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Turkey says it fires on Islamist militant positions in Syria

    Turkey's army said it had fired on al Qaeda-linked fighters over the border in northern Syria in response to a stray mortar shell which struck Turkish territory.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Syria submits further details of its chemical arms program

    Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical weapons program that go beyond a Sept. 21 declaration of its poison gas arsenal.

  • 06/10/2013 | World

    Chemical experts begin destroying Syria's weapons arsenal

    A team of international experts has begun the process of destroying Syria's chemical gas arsenal, an official on the mission said.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    UN Security Council demands elimination of Syria chemical arms

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic action against Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Assad says Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad has affirmed.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Syria compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks

    Syria's foreign minister has compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Car bomb in Damascus kills seven, wounds 15

    A car bomb killed at least seven civilians today when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighborhood, a monitoring group said.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Obama urges UN to back consequences for Syria

    US President Barack Obama urged the United Nations to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to drop their backing of leader Bashar al-Assad.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Syria: UN investigates 7 chemical cases, some after August 21 attack

    UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria are investigating seven cases of alleged chemical or biological weapons use, including three incidents around Damascus after the August 21 attack which almost triggered US air strikes.

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    Russia says UN report on Syria attack preconceived, political

    Russia denounced UN investigators' findings on a poison gas attack in Syria as preconceived and tainted by politics stepping up its criticism of a report Western nations said proved President Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible.

  • 19/09/2013 | World

    Kerry: Security Council must be prepared to take Syria action

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was essential the deal reached last Saturday be enforced and that the UN Security Council be willing to act on it next week, when the UN General Assembly holds its annual meeting in New York.

  • 22/09/2013 | World

    Russia: West exploiting Syria deal to force Security Council ruling

    Russia has accused the West of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a UN resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Car bomb explodes at Syria-Turkey crossing, activists report

    A car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of the main Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey today and at least a dozen people were taken to nearby hospitals, Syrian opposition activists on the border said.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Syria says Western powers are forestalling peace talks

    Syria accused Western powers today of trying to wreck prospects for a negotiated settlement to the country's 2-1/2-year conflict by imposing preconditions on the peace process and supporting rebel fighters.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Kerry urges 'strong' UN resolution on Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a UN resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    Assad government hails 'victory' in arms deal, troops attack

    Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while President Barack Obama defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    France urges early UN vote on Syria resolution

    French President Francois Hollande has called for a UN resolution on Syria backed by the threat of punitive action to be voted by the end of this week.

  • 16/09/2013 | World

    UN chemical experts confirm sarin gas used in Syria attack

    UN chemical investigators have confirmed the use of sarin nerve agent in an Aug. 21 poison gas attack outside the Syrian capital in a long-awaited report that confirmed the West's suspicions but was not intended to assign blame.

  • 14/09/2013 | World

    US military forces still in position for possible Syria strikes

    The Pentagon said that US military forces were still positioned for possible military strikes on Syria, at least for now, even after a US-Russia agreement on destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.

  • 14/09/2013 | World

    UN says Syria to come under chemical weapons treaty next month

    The United Nations said it had received all documents necessary for Syria to join the chemical weapons convention and that Syria would come under the treaty starting on Oct. 14.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    'Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia'

    Syria's decision to cede control of its chemical weapons was the result of a Russian proposal, not the threat of US military intervention, Interfax news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a Russian television interview.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    High-stakes US-Russian talks open, Syria to join chemical arms ban

    The United States and Russia began talks on Moscow's plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons as Damascus formally applied to join a global poison gas ban, but Secretary of State John Kerry underscored that US military force may still be necessary if diplomacy fails.

  • 13/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia: 'We are committed to trying to work together' to end Syrian conflict

    Russia and the United States agreed today to push again for an international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war as talks on removing chemical weapons raised hopes for broader negotiations.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in New York

    Envoys from the five permanent UN Security Council member states will meet in New York today to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, diplomats said.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US: Diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

    The White House warned that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take "some time" and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from US lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    President Putin says US strike on Syria could escalate conflict

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a US strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia cancels emergency UN meeting on Syria chemical weapons

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said, as Western powers and Russia disagreed over a plan for Syria's chemical arsenal.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    Syria agrees on chemical weapons deal, US remains cautious

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    US President Barack Obama has said that he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned US military strikes.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Syria backs chemical weapons plan while it bombs Damascus

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal today to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US strikes, while its warplanes bombed rebel positions in Damascus for the first time since the West threatened military action.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia withdraws request for emergency UN Syria meeting

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Clashes renewed near Syrian capital over historic Christian town

    Syrian government forces launched an offensive to wrest back control of an historic Christian town north of Damascus today, activists said.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Syria says 'welcomes' Russian chemical arms arsenal proposal

    Syria said it "welcomed" a Russian proposal to place the nation's chemical weapons under control but stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.

  • 08/09/2013 | World

    Italian and Belgian freed after kidnapping in Syria

    Italian journalist Domenico Quirico and Belgian teacher and writer Pierre Piccinin da Prata have been freed after being kidnapped in Syria in early April, officials said.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Assad: US should 'expect everything' in response to any Syria strikes

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned against possible reprisal attacks if the United States attacks Syria, saying that if there were military strikes, Americans can "expect every action."

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis renews anti-war calls

    Peace is a good that goes beyond all barriers, it is a good for all manking, the official Twitter account of Pope Franci read today in a new anti-war message amid US preparations for a military strike on Syria.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    EU's Ashton says evidence points to Syria government

    The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28 nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Obama appeals for backing to hit Syria

    President Barack Obama urged Americans to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a UN report expected in a week's time before beginning military action.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US gives up on UN Security Council in Syria crisis, blames Russia

    The United States declared that it has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding the council hostage and allowing Moscow's allies in Syria to deploy poison gas against innocent children.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    CFK on ‘vulture funds’: 'Go and ask Obama'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has spoken out about the US refusal to discuss Argentina’s dispute with the so-called ‘vulture funds’, during the G-20 meeting in Moscow, Russia.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    Obama stands firm on Syria air strikes, G20 summit divided

    US President Barack Obama defied pressure from fellow world leaders to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria, leaving deep divisions at a summit which overshadowed efforts today to revive the global economy.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia

    Secretary of State John Kerry said a US military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the UN Security Council.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis tells G20 leaders military solution in Syria 'futile'

    Pope Francis, in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the G20 conference, today urged world leaders to "lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution" in Syria.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Obama, Japan's Abe discuss Syria crisis at G20

    US President Barack Obama said today he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared the view that chemical weapons use in Syria was a violation of international law that must be addressed.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    US Senate panel reaches deal on military authorization for Syria

    Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was much narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama, paving the way for a vote by the committee.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Putin 'does not rule out' approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without UN support.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    US Senate panel approves resolution on Syria military strikes

    The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorising a limited US military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis renews anti-war call for Syria: 'Let peace burst'

    In a new peace call facing the Syrian crisis, Pope Francis urged world leaders to prevent the war in the Arab country. “We want peace to burst in our society ravaged by divisions and conflicts,” the head of the Catholic Church said in his official Twitter account.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    UN's Ban casts doubt on legality of US plans to punish Syria

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defence or with Security Council authorisation, remarks that appear to question the legality of US plans to strike Syria without UN backing.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Don't limit US ability to strike Syria to "specific moment" - Kerry

    Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Congress not to limit US authority to strike Syria "to one specific moment," saying the US military had follow-on strike options should President Bashar al-Assad use chemical weapons in the future.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Russia detects Israeli missile test, raises alarm in Mediterranean

    Russia detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but Israel said it had carried out a joint missile test with the United States.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Syrian refugees reach two million in 'tragedy of century,' UN

    More than 2 million refugees have now fled Syria's civil war in human suffering unparalleled in recent history, the United Nations said.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Obama wins support from leaders in Congress for Syria military strike

    President Barack Obama urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 01/09/2013 | World

    US says sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry builds case for war

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria asks the United Nations to stop US strike

    Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month's chemical weapons attack.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad says French strikes would lead to 'repercussions'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to "negative repercussions".

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria

    French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to US President Barack Obama in a telephone call his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    UN weapons experts leave Syria, Washington prepares attack

    UN experts left Syria after investigating a poison gas attack that killed hundreds while the United States said it was planning a limited response to punish President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" assault.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    'Utter nonsense' for Syrian government to use chemical arms - Putin

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons and urged US President Barack Obama not to attack Syrian forces.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

    President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, a senior administration official said.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks

    A team of UN experts finished gathering evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, the United Nations announced, though envoys said analyzing the samples may take weeks.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    US, France prepare to act on Syria despite UK no

    France said it still backed military action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an apparent poison gas attack and Washington pushed ahead with plans for a response despite a British parliamentary vote against a military strike.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    US says world cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack

    The United States made clear that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that any international military intervention against Syria should be aimed at bringing an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Britain's Cameron: I don't need to apologize to Obama over Syria defeat

    Prime Minister David Cameron said he regretted the failure of the British parliament to support military action in Syria but that he hoped President Barack Obama would understand the need to listen to the wishes of the people.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Crisis in Syria

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK defence minister: Britain won't take part in Syrian military action

    British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain would not take part in any military action against Syria after the government unexpectedly lost a vital parliamentary vote on the issue.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    France says ready to punish Syria despite British no vote

    France said it still backed action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an apparent poison gas attack on civilians, despite a British parliamentary vote against it.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    China urges restraint over Syria, calls for calm

    China's foreign minister urged restraint in the growing tensions over Syria, saying any military intervention in the crisis would only worsen turmoil in the Middle East.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syrian gas attack must draw reaction, Merkel and Cameron agree

    The leaders of Germany and Britain believe that Syria's government should not to go unpunished for an apparent poison gas attack on its own people, Berlin said.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama makes case for punishing Syria over gas attack

    Barack Obama vowed that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Syria gas attack perpetrators must face justice, says Arab League

    The Arab League has determined that those behind the chemical attack in Syria should face international justice, and called on U.N. Security Council members to overcome their differences and take action to end the killing there.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Biden says 'no doubt' Syrian government used chemical weapons

    US vice president Joe Biden said the Syrian government was clearly responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week and that it must be held accountable for the "heinous" action.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    UN experts in Syria poison gas attack, come under fire

    UN chemical weapons inspectors met and took samples from victims of an apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus after the UN team themselves survived a gun attack on their convoy.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    US seeks accountability for Syria gas attack, closer to military response

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has laid the groundwork for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad's forces in a "moral obscenity."

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Cameron, Obama see 'increasing signs' of Syria chemical attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed on Saturday on the need to deter the use of chemical weapons, and were concerned about "increasing signs" that Syria attacked civilians, a spokesperson for Cameron said.

  • 25/08/2013 | World

    Syria lets UN inspect gas attack site, Washington says too late

    Syria has agreed to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack from Monday onwards, but a US official said any such offer would be "too late to be credible" and there was little doubt the government was to blame.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Initial US assessment: Syrian forces used chemical weapons

    US and allied intelligence agencies have made a preliminary assessment that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons to attack an area near Damascus this week and that the act likely had high-level approval from President Bashar al-Assad's government, according to US and European security sources.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Syrian soldiers find chemical agents in rebel tunnels, state TV says

    Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar and some of the troops were suffocating.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Obama weighs possible military response after Syria chemical attack

    US President Barack Obama considered options for a possible military strike on Syria in response to a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds as Syria sought to avert blame by saying its soldiers had found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels.

  • 22/08/2013 | World

    UN presses Syria to allow gas attack inspection

    The United Nations demanded Syria give its chemical weapons experts immediate access today to rebel-held Damascus suburbs where poison gas appears to have killed hundreds just a few miles from the UN team's hotel.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Obama says Syria entanglement 'costly'

    President Barack Obama called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a "big event of grave concern" but stressed that he would not rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    UN stops short of demanding Syria chemical attack probe

    The UN Security Council said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus suburbs but stopped short of demanding a probe by UN investigators currently in Syria.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Syria attack prompts emergency UN security council meeting

    Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Syrian army kills 62 rebels east of Damascus

    Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn today near the town of Adra, east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, said.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US Russia agree to prepare for Syria peace talks

    US and Russian officials agreed on the need to convene a long-delayed Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, but they offered no concrete plan to bring the warring government and rebels to the table.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    UN says chemical weapons investigators to visit Syria imminently

    UN experts will travel to Syria imminently to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during that country's civil war after the United Nations and the Syrian government agreed on details of the trip, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Explosion in Syrian city of Homs kills 40

    Forty people were killed and at least 120 people were wounded in an explosion at a weapons cache in the central Syrian city of Homs today, a group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad said.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels seize anti-tank missiles in raid on army base

    Syrian rebels captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains

    Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed.

  • 21/07/2013 | World

    Syria activists say family of 13 killed in Sunni village

    Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 13 members of a family in the Sunni Muslim village of Baida, in what activists said was the second massacre there.

  • 22/07/2013 | World

    US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebel forces

    President Barack Obama can go ahead with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, a key Republican lawmaker said.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Syria says army retakes Homs district from rebels

    Syrian authorities said today the army had regained full control over a rebel-held district of Homs after weeks of fighting in the central city which has been at the heart of the two-year uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 08/07/2013 | World

    Battles intensify in Syria's strategic city of Homs

    Syrian troops fought with rebels in Homs in a battle seen as crucial to the government's attempts to drive a wedge between opposition-held areas and establish links between the capital and President Bashar al-Assad's coastal strongholds.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels: killing of top commander is a declaration of war

    Syrian rebels said today the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    Gunmen kill pro-Assad figure in Lebanon as Syria war spreads

    Suspected rebel gunmen assassinated a well-known supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon, the latest sign that Syria's civil war is spreading to its smaller neighbor.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    G8 leaders call for peace talks as soon as possible to resolve Syrian civil war

    Global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war but they failed to mention the fate of President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Russia, US fail to agree plan for Syria peace talks

    Talks between the United States and Russia to set up a Syrian peace conference produced no deal, with the powers on either side of the two-year civil war failing to agree when it should be held or who would be invited.

  • 29/06/2013 | World

    Syrian army, backed by jets, launch Homs assault

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched a major offensive against rebels in Homs, a centre of the two-year uprising, in their latest drive to secure an axis linking Damascus to the Mediterranean.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons

    The commander of Syria's main rebel fighting force urged Western allies to supply anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles and to create a no-fly zone, saying if properly armed he could defeat President Bashar al-Assad's army within six months.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Morsi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said he had cut all diplomatic ties with Damascus on Saturday and called for a no-fly zone over Syria, pitching the most populous Arab state firmly against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    Putin, Obama face off over Syria; rebels get Saudi missiles

    The leaders of Russia and the United States, now openly backing opposing sides in Syria's civil war, played down their differences after talks where tensions had clearly flared over the escalating conflict.

  • 06/06/2013 | World

    Pro-Assad forces attack villages near fallen Syrian border town

    Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters pushed toward villages near Qusair, a day after driving rebels from the border town shattered in weeks of combat.

  • 08/06/2013 | World

    Syrian forces capture final rebel stronghold in Qusair region

    Syrian government troops backed by Hezbollah guerrillas seized the western village of Buwayda, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the town of Qusair in a fresh success for President Assad.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    At least 70 killed in confrontations at Syrian town of Hatlah

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that at least 60 Shiites and 10 rebels were killed in confrontations at the Sunni town of Hatlah.

  • 04/06/2013 | World

    UN rights team believes chemical weapons used in Syria

    United Nations human rights investigators said today they had "reasonable grounds" to believe that limited amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria and warned that the shattered country was in "free-fall".

  • 04/06/2013 | World

    UN believes chemical weapons used in Syria

    United Nations investigators said they had "reasonable grounds" to believe that limited amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria, and France said the nerve agent sarin had been deployed by the government.

  • 05/06/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels lose strategic town in boost for Assad, ally Hezbollah

    Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies seized control of the border town of Qusair, dealing a major defeat to rebel fighters battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Russia faults US over 'odious' Syria rights resolution

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced as "odious" a US-backed draft resolution condemning the Syrian government before a debate at the UN and said it would undermine peace efforts.

  • 30/05/2013 | World

    Besieged Syria rebels seek help, Assad eyes missiles

    Syrian rebels under siege near the Lebanese border pleaded for help against government troops and their Hezbollah allies as a confident President Bashar al-Assad spoke of having new Russian missiles.

  • 01/06/2013 | World

    Fighting in Syria's Qusair; UN says world watching

    Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas besieging the border town of Qusair fought with rebels as the United Nations warned all sides they could be held accountable for the suffering of civilians trapped there.

  • 26/05/2013 | World

    Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah vows Syria victory

    Two rockets hit a Shi'ite Muslim district of Beirut, driving home the risk of spillover from Syria's civil war, after the head of Lebanese Shi'ite militant Hezbollah said it would keep fighting on the Syrian government's side until victory.

  • 27/05/2013 | World

    Syria fighting rages amid reports of chemical attacks

    Heavy fighting raged today around the strategic border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus, amid renewed reports of chemical weapons attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Russia says missile systems for Syria will deter intervention

    Russia will not scrap plans to deliver an air defence system to Syria despite Western opposition because it would help deter "hotheads" intent on intervention in the two-year-old conflict, the deputy foreign minister said today.

  • 19/05/2013 | World

    Hezbollah suffers big losses in Syria battle-activists

    US President Barack Obama voiced concern at Hezbollah's growing role in the Syrian civil war after men from the Lebanese militia fought their biggest battle yet alongside President Bashar al-Assad's army.

  • 21/05/2013 | World

    Israel fires back at Syria after gunshots at its troops

    Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said.

  • 25/05/2013 | World

    Syrian opposition resumes tough talks on unity key to peace push

    Syria's opposition resumed talks aimed at closing their fractious ranks, crucial to launching an international peace conference, and government forces pressed an onslaught on a rebel-held town to try to gain the upper hand in civil war.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    Video shows al Qaeda-linked fighters executing 11 Syrian soldiers

    A video showed fighters of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Syria executing 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    Pro-Assad hackers attack UK newspaper FT's website

    The website of British newspaper the Financial Times was hacked today, apparently by the "Syrian Electronic Army", a group of hackers and on-line activists who say they support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    US chides Russia for sending missiles, peace plans suffer

    The United States chided Russia for sending missiles to the Syrian government as plans for a peace conference promoted by Washington and Moscow were hit by diplomatic rifts over its scope and purpose.

  • 09/05/2013 | World

    Hezbollah says Syria will send it new arms after Israeli raid

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Syria would respond to Israeli raids around Damascus by giving his group sophisticated new weapons, the outcome Israel said its attack was launched to avert.

  • 11/05/2013 | World

    Car bombs kill 43 in Turkey near the border with Syria

    Twin car bombs killed 43 people and wounded many more in a Turkish town near the Syrian border and the government said it suspected Syrian involvement.

  • 15/05/2013 | World

    UN General Assembly to vote on Syria resolution

    The UN General Assembly is set to vote today on a draft resolution that condemns Syrian authorities and accepts the opposition Syrian National Coalition as party to a potential political transition.

  • 06/05/2013 | World

    Israel to Assad: air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

    Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

  • 06/05/2013 | World

    Israel says 'no winds of war' despite Syria strikes

    Israel played down weekend air strikes close to Damascus reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbour's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    US, Russia seek new Syria peace talks; rebels sceptical

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were sceptical of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad hang on to power.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms

    President Barack Obama cautioned against a rush to judgment on whether Syria used chemical weapons against its own people in a sign he is going to take a deliberate approach to a problem that could lead to US military action.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    Obama says does not foresee sending US troops to Syria

    President Barack Obama said he does not foresee a scenario in which he would send US ground troops to Syria and outlined a deliberate approach to determining whether the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in a 2-year civil war.

  • 04/05/2013 | World

    Explosions in Damascus, Syria blames Israel

    Explosions shook Damascus early and Syrian state television said Israeli rockets had struck a military research center on the outskirts of the capital.

  • 28/04/2013 | World

    Fighting reported near suspected chemical arms site in Syria

    Fighting erupted in Damascus near a complex linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme, on the third day of an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces aimed at driving rebels from main sectors of the capital, activists said.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Syria says PM survives Damascus bomb attack

    Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's capital.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Obama stresses Syria chemical weapons worries in call with Putin

    President Barack Obama took US concerns about Syrian chemical weapons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reaching out to one of the Syrian government's staunchest allies.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Syrian army, rebels clash around air base near Lebanon border

    President Bashar al-Assad's forces killed at least 27 people in fighting to fend off a rebel advance on a Syrian military air base near the Lebanese border, opposition campaigners said.

  • 26/04/2013 | World

    Obama talks tough, shows no rush to act on Syria chemical arms evidence

    President Barack Obama warned Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be a "game changer" for the United States but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the Syrian civil war on the basis of evidence he said was still preliminary.

  • 28/04/2013 | World

    US lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

    Republican senators pressed US President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.

  • 08/04/2013 | World

    Suicide car bomber kills 15, brings chaos to Damascus

    A suicide car bomb exploded in the main business district of Damascus today, killing at least 15 people, setting cars ablaze and damaging buildings, according to state television.

  • 13/04/2013 | World

    Four Italian journalists kidnapped in Syria freed

    Four Italian journalists kidnapped and held in Syria since April 4 had been freed, Italy's interim Foreign Minister Mario Monti said in a statement.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Russian foreign minister tells West 'don't isolate Assad'

    In an implicit warning to international supporters of Syrian opposition forces, Russia's foreign minister said that efforts to isolate one side in the conflict would wreck the chances of a negotiated solution and help militant Islamists.

  • 24/03/2013 | World

    John Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria

    US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to stop Iranian flights over Iraq from carrying arms to Syria during a visit to the Iraqi capital.

  • 28/03/2013 | World

    Mortar attack kills 12 students in Damascus university

    Twelve Syrian students were killed today when rebel mortar bombs landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture, two pro-government television channels said.

  • 06/04/2013 | World

    Air strike kills 15 in Aleppo, Assad warns of regional turmoil

    A Syrian government air strike killed 15 people, including nine children, in a district of the northern city of Aleppo where Kurdish fighters have been battling forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a violence monitoring group said.

  • 22/03/2013 | World

    France, Britain fail to win easing of Syria arms ban

    France and Britain failed to persuade the European Union to back their call to lift an arms embargo on Syrian rebels on Friday despite warning that President Bashar al-Assad could resort to using chemical weapons.

  • 23/03/2013 | World

    Syria rebels seize southern base, border area

    Rebels seized an air defence base near Syria's strategic southern international highway, activists said, bolstering access to supply routes to the capital Damascus.

  • 24/03/2013 | World

    US urges Iraq to stop arms flow to Syria

    US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq and will urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria, a US official said.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Report reveals Syria's children shot at, tortured, raped

    Syrian children have been shot at, tortured and raped during two years of unrest and civil war, the London-based international charity Save the Children said in a report released today.

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    EU rejects Franco-British push on arms for Syrian rebels

    European Union governments rejected a Franco-British push today to lift an EU arms embargo to allow weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, voicing fears this could spark an arms race and worsen regional instability.

  • 17/03/2013 | World

    Syria's two years of rebellion

  • 02/03/2013 | World

    Syrian army, rebel clashes bring conflict to Iraq doorstep

    Clashes between the Syrian army and rebels at a border post brought the civil war close to neighbouring Iraq, where troops fired warning shots into the air, residents, officials and a Reuters reporter said.

  • 04/03/2013 | World

    Kerry: US more confident arms flow to Syria moderates

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington was increasingly confident that weapons being sent to the Syrian opposition by other countries were going to moderate forces.

  • 09/03/2013 | World

    Freed UN peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria

    Twenty-one United Nations peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria crossed into Jordan, after an ordeal which highlighted how Syria's civil war is ratcheting up tensions on its volatile borders.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    US to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    The United States will send non-lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry said, disappointing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad who are clamoring for Western weapons.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad deluded by his inner circle, UN envoy Brahimi says

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been convinced by his inner circle that his country is the victim of a broad conspiracy led by terrorists, UN/Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said.

  • 01/03/2013 | World

    Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopening supply line

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces seized a village southeast of the city of Aleppo today, reopening a supply line to the country's biggest city where they have been battling rebels for eight months, a monitoring group said.

  • 13/02/2013 | World

    Syrian troops bombard rebel posts around capital

    President Bashar al-Assad's forces bombarded the southeast of Damascus with air strikes and artillery today to try and dislodge rebel fighters who have gained a foothold in the Syrian capital, opposition activists said.

  • 22/02/2013 | World

    Schools, homes and public parks on front line of Damascus war

    Syria's civil war has burst into central Damascus and its indiscriminate violence has put civilians in the firing line.

  • 25/02/2013 | World

    Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

    Syria is ready to hold talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 31/01/2013 | World

    Syria warns of "surprise" response to Israel attack

    Syria warned of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.

  • 10/02/2013 | World

    Opposition 'would talk to Assad in northern Syria'

    Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib said he was willing to hold peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's representatives in rebel-held areas of northern Syria.

  • 11/02/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels seize country's largest dam

    Syrian rebels have taken control of the country's biggest dam on the Euphrates River in the eastern province of Raqqa, activists said.

  • 27/01/2013 | World

    Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms

    Any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel's vice premier said.

  • 29/01/2013 | World

    Sixty-five people executed in Syria's Aleppo

    At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo today in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

  • 30/01/2013 | World

    UN's Ban Ki-moon urges end to war in Syria

    Denouncing "unrelenting horrors" in Syria's war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for an end to the violence and more aid to address a situation he said was catastrophic and worsening by the day.

  • 10/01/2013 | World

    NATO official says more missiles launched in Syria

    A short-range ballistic missile was fired inside Syria, following similar launches last week, a NATO official said.

  • 13/01/2013 | World

    Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal

    Russia voiced support for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Air strike near Damascus kills 20: opposition activists

    An air strike on a rebel-held town southwest of the Syrian capital Damascus killed 20 people, resident opposition activists said.

  • 03/01/2013 | World

    Syria rebels in push to capture air base

    Rebels battled today to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to fight back against the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad's forces free rein to bomb rebel-held towns

  • 05/01/2013 | World

    Assad to make rare speech as Syrian rebels draw nearer

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will deliver a rare speech on Sunday about the uprising against his rule, which has killed 60,000 people and brought civil war to the edge of his capital.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    Assad 'peace plan' greeted with scorn by enemies

    A defiant President Bashar al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    Syrian government forces go on attack on first day of year

    Government war planes bombed opposition-held areas of Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels fought on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on New Year's Day today.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels attack military airport in northwest

    Syrian rebels, some from Islamist units, fired machineguns and mortars at helicopters grounded at a northern military air base near the main Aleppo-Damascus highway, a monitoring group said.

  • 26/12/2012 | World

    Shelling in Syria kills 20, at least eight children

    Government shelling in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa killed about 20 people, at least 8 of them children, a video posted by activists showed.

  • 27/12/2012 | World

    Peace envoy Brahimi, Syria diplomats in Moscow talks

    Russia will host Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi this week after Syrian officials held talks in Moscow as part of a diplomatic drive to try to agree a plan to end the 21-month-old conflict, Russia's foreign ministry said.

  • 29/12/2012 | World

    Only political process can save Syria from 'hell', envoy warns

    Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy.

  • 15/12/2012 | World

    Syria opposition forms body to preserve state institutions

    Syrian government defectors and opposition figures formed a body today that would step in to prevent the collapse of state institutions if President Bashar al-Assad is overthrown.

  • 23/12/2012 | World

    Israel says Syria chemical weapons are secure for now

    Syria's chemical weapons are still secure despite the fact that President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of parts of the country, a senior Israeli defense official said.

  • 25/12/2012 | World

    Pope's Christmas message: 'hope must not die'

    Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of "terrorism" against Christians.

  • 06/12/2012 | World

    With focus on opposition, US races against time on Syria

    The United States is racing to finalize elements of its Syria strategy, planning new steps to shape and strengthen the still-fragmented opposition as signs build that the country is nearing a tipping point in the 20-month rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 07/12/2012 | World

    'If Syria used chemical weapons it would be an 'outrageous crime,' UN

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was not aware of any confirmed reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons but that if he did so it would be an "outrageous crime".

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Syria denies using Scud missiles

    Syria denied today that it had used Scud missiles in its fight against "terrorist groups," a Foreign Ministry statement posted on state news agency SANA said.

  • 03/12/2012 | World

    Syria denies plans to use chemical weapons

    Syria would not use chemical weapons, if it had them, against its own people, the foreign ministry said in a statement on state television today.

  • 04/12/2012 | World

    NATO warns Syria not to use chemical weapons

    NATO told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today that any use of chemical weapons in his fight against encroaching rebel forces would be met by an immediate international response.

  • 05/12/2012 | World

    Clinton says 'desperate' Assad could use chemical weapons

    Washington fears a "desperate" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could use chemical weapons as rebels bear down on Damascus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today, repeating a vow to take swift action if he does.

  • 25/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels take airbase in slow progress toward Damascus

    Syrian rebels said they had captured a helicopter base east of Damascus after an overnight assault, their latest gain in a costly battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad that is drawing nearer to his seat of power.

  • 30/11/2012 | World

    'Anonymous' declares Internet war on Syria

    Global hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believed to be aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 01/12/2012 | World

    Syria rebels bombed as opposition open to peacekeepers

    Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus, residents said, as the opposition indicated it could accept an international peacekeeping force if President Bashar al-Assad is forced from power.

  • 10/11/2012 | World

    Rebel car bombs rock Syrian town of Deraa

    At least 20 Syrian security men were killed when two explosives-laden cars drove into a military camp in the southern town of Deraa, an opposition watchdog said, in what appeared to be a double suicide attack by rebel forces.

  • 11/11/2012 | World

    Syria opposition sign deal to form new body

    Syrian opposition groups have signed an initial agreement to form a new coalition of forces fighting to end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian delegates at talks in Doha said.

  • 12/11/2012 | World

    Israel hits Syrian artillery that fired on Golan

    Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria today and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Air strike kills 20 rebels in Syria

    At least 20 Syrian rebel fighters were killed in an air strike in the northwest province of Idlib, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels fire at, miss Assad's palace

    Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus today but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family's 42 years in power.

  • 08/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels hit official forces; I'd live and die in Syria,' Assad warns

    Syrian rebels attacked army roadblocks in Midan district in the heart of Damascus today to relieve pressure on outlying rebel strongholds being pounded by air strikes and artillery, opposition activists said.

  • 27/10/2012 | World

    Syria bombards major cities, weakening truce

    Opposition activists in Syria said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had renewed their heavy bombardment of major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce meant to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

  • 04/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels attack air base to secure north-south corridor

    Syrian rebels attacked a military airport in the country's north in a push to cut off Syria's biggest city Aleppo from the capital Damascus, and secure a strategic north-south corridor.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Bomb shakes Damascus, opposition holds unity talks

    A bomb exploded near army and security compounds in Damascus, Syrian television reported, and fractured opposition groups seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad began unity talks abroad to win international respect and arms supplies.

  • 23/10/2012 | World

    Conflict blazes in Tripoli for second day; 4 killed

    Four people were killed and 15 wounded in overnight gun battles in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in a second night of fighting between Sunni and Alawite gunmen loyal to different sides in the war in neighbouring Syria, a military source said today.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    Syria says army still undecided on ceasefire

    Syria said its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels - contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's earlier announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.

  • 26/10/2012 | World

    Fighting, attacks across Syria as ceasefire frays

    Fighting across Syria and a large car bomb which exploded near a children's playground in southern Damascus killed several people today as a ceasefire brokered by international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to mark a holy Muslim day frayed almost before it had begun.

  • 17/10/2012 | World

    Divided Syrian rebels agree on joint leadership

    Syria's divided rebels have agreed to set up a joint leadership to oversee their battle to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, two insurgent sources said as fighting raged in cities across the country.

  • 18/10/2012 | World

    Peace envoy to visit Syria to work out Eid ceasefire

    The international mediator on Syria will go to Damascus in the next few days to try to broker a brief ceasefire in the war between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebels during the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival.

  • 19/10/2012 | World

    Peace envoy Brahimi pushes in Syria for ceasefire

    Mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will meet Syrian officials over the next few days in an effort to secure a brief ceasefire in the worsening war between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel forces.

  • 12/10/2012 | World

    War intensifies across Syria

    Rebels battled to hold onto Syria's main northeastern highway today as government forces fought insurgents on several fronts across the country.

  • 13/10/2012 | World

    Turkey condemns UN inertia as Syrian conflict deepens

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rebuked the UN Security Council for inaction over Syria as war intensified across the country, saying the world body of superpowers was repeating mistakes that led to massacres in Bosnia in the 1990s.

  • 14/10/2012 | World

    Assad forces accused of using cluster bombs as rebels gain

    Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week as they battle to reverse rebel gains on a strategic highway, Human Rights Watch said.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    Turkish president says 'worst case' unfolding in Syria

    Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border.

  • 09/10/2012 | World

    Suicide bombers hit Syria security complex, say rebels

    Rebel suicide bombers struck overnight at an Air Force Intelligence compound on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, killing or wounding at least 100 people, insurgents and activists said today.

  • 10/10/2012 | World

    Turkey warns Syria against cross-border shelling

    Turkey's military chief of staff said today his troops would respond with greater force if bombardments from Syria keep hitting its territory.

  • 05/10/2012 | World

    Turkey warns Syria they will not shy away from war

    Turkey's prime minister said his country did not want war but warned Syria not to make a "fatal mistake" by testing its resolve, and its army retaliated for a third day running after more mortar rounds from Syria landed on its soil.

  • 06/10/2012 | World

    Turkey strikes back at Syria after Erdogan warning

    Turkey returned fire after Syrian mortar bombs landed in a field in southern Turkey today, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus that the country would not shy away from war if provoked.

  • 07/10/2012 | World

    Rebels seize Syrian army outpost at Turkey border

    Syrian rebels have seized a government army outpost near the Turkish border province of Hatay and a rebel flag flew over the building, while clashes could be heard in the area of a nearby Syrian village, a witness and villagers said.

  • 03/10/2012 | World

    At least 40 people killed in Aleppo explosions

    Four blasts ripped through a government-controlled district close to a military officers' club in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 90 today, opposition activists said.

  • 03/10/2012 | World

    NATO demands halt to Syria aggression against Turkey

    NATO demanded an immediate halt to "aggressive acts" against alliance member Turkey after a mortar strike launched from Syria killed five Turkish civilians.

  • 04/10/2012 | World

    Turkey strikes back at Syria, says will protect borders

    Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian border town, killing several Syrian soldiers, while its parliament debated authorizing further military action in the event of another spillover of the Syrian conflict.

  • 20/09/2012 | World

    At least 54 killed in Syria blast

    At least 54 people were killed and dozens wounded when an air strike hit a fuel station in Syria's northern province of al-Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 26/09/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels bomb army command in Damascus

    Syrian rebels bombed a military complex in Damascus, striking at the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's power and igniting a fire which gutted the army command headquarters.

  • 27/09/2012 | World

    UNHCR: up to 700,000 Syrians could flee by year-end

    The number of refugees fleeing Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year, the UN refugee agency said today, almost four times its previous forecast.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Angelina Jolie visits Syria war refugees in Jordan

    Syrian refugees stuck in a dust-blown camp in Jordan gave gruesome accounts of civilians incinerated in their country's civil war to UN special envoy and actress Angelina Jolie today, moving her to tears.

  • 14/09/2012 | World

    Pope says import of arms to Syria a 'grave sin'

    Pope Benedict appealed for a halt to the flow of arms into Syria, saying it would help end a civil war that has killed many thousands of people and which Christians fear could bring Islamists to power.

  • 20/09/2012 | World

    Iraq denies airspace used by Iran to ship arms to Syria

    Iraq denied today a Western intelligence report that said Iranian aircraft had flown weapons and military personnel over Iraqi airspace to Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad battle an 18-month-old uprising.

  • 08/09/2012 | World

    EU may impose new Syria sanctions as Assad clings to power

    The European Union may impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad as soon as next month, EU diplomats said.

  • 09/09/2012 | World

    After Russia talks, Clinton sees divisions on Syria

    Sharp divisions remain with Moscow over the Syria crisis, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, as she wrapped up an Asia tour in which she also made little headway with China on easing tensions in the South China Sea.

  • 10/09/2012 | World

    Simultaneous bombs hit army compounds in Aleppo

    Two bombs exploded simultaneously next to Syrian army compounds in the northern city of Aleppo, killing and wounding scores of President Bashar al-Assad's forces, residents and opposition activists said.

  • 04/09/2012 | World

    Red Cross chief holds aid talks with Syria's Assad

    The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today during a mission to push for better access for aid workers, an ICRC spokesman said.

  • 05/09/2012 | World

    Rebels hit army headquarters in Damascus

    Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army's General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising.

  • 06/09/2012 | World

    US urges Iraq to inspect Iran supply flights to Syria

    US officials are questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose conflict with rebels threatens to drag his neighbors into a regional struggle.

  • 28/08/2012 | World

    Warplane attacks on Damascus suburbs kill 60, activists say

    Syrian fighter planes made rare sorties on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, killing at least 60 people in its eastern suburbs, the same day a Syrian military helicopter crashed while under rebel fire, activists said.

  • 01/09/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels hit back at Assad's air power

    Rebels seized an air defence facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said, hitting back at an air force on which President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly relying to crush his opponents.

  • 03/09/2012 | World

    Syria says envoy can only succeed if rebels lose outside support

    Syria said new UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi could only make headway if outside countries ceased helping rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and instead declared support for a UN-backed peace plan.

  • 25/08/2012 | World

    Fierce fighting in Syria swells refugee exodus

    Syrian troops forced rebels to abandon a battered Damascus suburb yesterday in the latest battle of an intensifying civil war that the UN refugee agency said had prompted more than 200,000 people to flee the country.

  • 26/08/2012 | World

    Assad's forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital

    Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's army of massacring scores of people in a town close to the capital that it recently recaptured from rebels.

  • 27/08/2012 | World

    Syrian helicopter down under fire in Damascus

    A Syrian military helicopter came down under fire and in flames in Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad's air force strafed and bombarded rebel-held districts in the capital and in Aleppo.

  • 21/08/2012 | World

    Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    Russia warned the West against unilateral action on Syria, a day after US President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    Military hits town near Damascus, 60 killed in Syria

    Troops and tanks swept into a restive town near Damascus today in an assault aimed at crushing opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, whose struggle for survival has dragged Syria into an increasingly bloody war.

  • 24/08/2012 | World

    New Syria mediator tells UN chief he is 'scared'

    Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he was "honored, flattered, humbled and scared" at the prospect of leading international efforts to broker peace in Syria's worsening 17-month conflict.

  • 19/08/2012 | World

    Syria: Assad makes rare appearance for prayers

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed Eid prayers in a Damascus mosque today, state television showed, his first appearance in public since a stunning July bombing in the capital that killed four of his top security officials.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    UN monitors pull out of Syria

    United Nations military observers left Damascus after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria's spiraling conflict, instead of monitoring a ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    US sends al-Assad invasion warning

    US forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Barack Obama warned, notably if he deploys his chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    UN Syria mission to end, new blow to peace efforts

    The United Nations' four-month-old observer mission in Syria will withdraw from the country next week, diplomats and UN officials said, yet another blow to the world body's efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

  • 17/08/2012 | World

    UN monitors quit, saying Syrians choose 'path of war'

    Syria's government and rebels have "chosen the path of war", a UN peacekeeping chief said as the world body ended its doomed monitoring mission to Damascus and deadlock persists among world powers over how to contain the spreading conflict.

  • 18/08/2012 | World

    Syria says Assad's deputy did not try to defect

    Syria's Vice-President Farouq al-Shara has never considered leaving the country, state media said on Saturday, after reports that Shara had tried to defect to neighbouring Jordan.

  • 14/08/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad suffers rebuff from pan-Islamic body

    President Bashar al-Assad faced another diplomatic blow with the suspension of Syria from the Saudi-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, a step opposed by his Shi'ite Muslim ally Iran.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    Syria: bomb strikes Damascus near UN and army sites

    A bomb exploded in central Damascus today near several military buildings and a hotel housing UN observers, wounding three people and sending a pillar of black smoke into the sky above the Syrian capital.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    Gulf Arab states evacuate citizens from Lebanon

    Gulf Arab states began evacuating their citizens from Lebanon after kidnappings linked to Syria's civil war showed violence has begun to spread across a region torn by sectarian divisions.

  • 09/08/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad replaces PM, Aleppo battles rage

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appointed Health Minister Wael al-Halki as prime minister today, after the defection earlier this week of Prime Minister Riyad Hijab. Meanwhile, Syrian forces continued to pound rebels today in a strategic district of Aleppo.

  • 11/08/2012 | World

    Eleven killed in Syrian army attack in Damascus area

    At least 11 people were killed in fierce fighting that broke out in a Damascus suburb today when Syrian forces mounted an armoured attack to try and regain the area from rebels, opposition activists said.

  • 12/08/2012 | World

    US and Turkey weigh no-fly zones for Syria

    The United States and Turkey are looking at all measures to help Syrian rebel forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, including a no-fly zone, as the conflict there deepens, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

  • 05/08/2012 | World

    Eye on Iran and Syria, Israel hardens missile shield

    Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a US-backed "race" against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Syria premier defects to anti-Assad opposition, says spokesman

    Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected to the opposition seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for Hijab said today, marking one of the most high profile desertions from the Damascus government.

  • 07/08/2012 | World

    Syrian forces encircle rebels in Aleppo stronghold

    Syrian rebels trying to fight off an army offensive in Aleppo said today they were running low on ammunition as President Bashar al-Assad's forces encircled their stronghold at the southern entrance to the country's biggest city.

  • 02/08/2012 | World

    Annan quits as international Syria mediator

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the UN-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of the month, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.

  • 04/08/2012 | World

    Syrian forces pound rebel frontline in Aleppo

    Syrian army helicopter fired machinegun rounds and troops shelled rebel positions in Aleppo on Saturday, a witness said, as they tried to break through the insurgents' frontline in a battleground district in the country's largest city.

  • 05/08/2012 | World

    Assad's forces pound rebel stronghold in Aleppo

    Syrian army tanks shelled Aleppo and a helicopter gunship strafed rebel positions with heavy machinegun fire as they fought for control of the country's biggest city and key battleground of the 17-month uprising.

  • 26/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces pound Aleppo and Damascus

    Damascus and Syria's second biggest city, Aleppo, came under shell fire today as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government's two main power centres.

  • 28/07/2012 | World

    Military helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms

    Military helicopters pounded a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Saturday and armoured units positioned themselves for an onslaught that could determine the fate of Syria's biggest city, opposition sources said.

  • 29/07/2012 | World

    Syria strikes putting 'nail in Assad's own coffin,' Panetta says

    Attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo are putting the nail in the coffin of President Bashar al-Assad's government, showing he lacks the legitimacy to rule, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    UN's Ban voices concern on Syria chemical weapons

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was concerned about the risk of Syria using chemical weapons after Damascus warned it could deploy its arsenal of them if it felt threatened by foreign intervention.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Syria says could use chemical arms against foreign intervention

    Syria acknowledged for the first time today that it had chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervened.

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces battle rebel push on central Aleppo

    Syrian troops fought rebels trying to seize central Aleppo and quelled a jail mutiny on the outskirts of the northern city, killing 15 prisoners, opposition activists said.

  • 21/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces fight rebels in Damascus, residents flee

    Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks have struck back in Damascus against rebel fighters emboldened by a bomb attack against President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.

  • 22/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces bombard Damascus

    Syrian forces bombarded parts of Damascus with helicopter gunships, witnesses said, clawing back territory from the rebels a week after the fighters launched what they called a final battle for the capital.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    More than 100 killed in attacks across Iraq

    More than 100 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq after 20 died in blasts the previous day in a coordinated surge of violence against mostly Shi'ite Muslim targets.

  • 20/07/2012 | World

    Syria: intelligence chief dies, refugees flood borders

    A fourth member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle died today from a bomb attack this week and his forces fought to recapture border posts and parts of Damascus from rebels who have converged on the capital.

  • 20/07/2012 | World

    UN Security Council approves extension to Syria mission

    The UN Security Council unanimously approved a 30-day extension to a UN monitoring mission in Syria that had been deployed as part of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan to end the 16-month conflict that has killed thousands.

  • 21/07/2012 | World

    UN chief to send envoy to assess situation in Syria

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he is sending his undersecretary for peacekeeping operations to Syria to assess the situation there as Syrian government forces and rebels continue fighting over the control of the country.

  • 18/07/2012 | World

    Syrian defence minister killed in bomb attack

    Syria's defence minister was killed in a bomb attack on a high level security meeting in Damascus today, state television said, as the revolt against Bashar al-Assad struck at the heart of the president's inner circle.

  • 18/07/2012 | World

    Two Syrian rebel groups claim Damascus attack

    Two rebel Syrian groups claimed responsibility for an explosion in Damascus today that killed several top state officials, hailing it as successful strike at the heart of the government.

  • 19/07/2012 | World

    Russia, China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria

    Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not halt violence against an uprising, again thwarting Western hopes for tough action as the crisis in Syria escalates.

  • 09/07/2012 | World

    Syria: Annan meets Assad in Damascus

    Kofi Annan said he had constructive talks in Damascus today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said the UN peace envoy's plan to end 16 months of bloodshed was being undermined by US political support for "terrorists".

  • 12/07/2012 | World

    Activists say death toll in attack in Hama is over 200

    Syrian government forces killled more than 200 people, most of them civilians, in a village in the province of Hama, opposition activists said.

  • 17/07/2012 | World

    Syria fighting rages in capital

    Clashes in Damascus between rebels and state forces raged for a third day, in the fiercest fighting to hit Syria's seat of power since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began 17 months ago.

  • 29/06/2012 | World

    Blast hits Damascus, Turkey sends troops to border

    Rebel forces attacked Syria's main court in central Damascus, state television said, while Turkey deployed troops and anti-aircraft rocket launchers to the Syrian border, building pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 30/06/2012 | World

    Annan urges world to unite on Syria peace plan

    UN mediator Kofi Annan warned that the conflict in Syria would enflame the Middle East and beyond unless world powers agreed on a peace plan but the United States said foreign ministers meeting in Geneva might fail in that task.

  • 07/07/2012 | World

    Syria's fighting spills into Lebanon, five killed

    Syria's conflict spilled further into Lebanon today when mortar fire from President Bashar al-Assad's forces hit villages in the north, killing five people after rebels crossed the border to seek refuge, residents said.

  • 23/06/2012 | World

    Turkish, Syrian forces seek downed Turkish jet

    The Turkish and Syrian navies conducted a joint search today for Turkish airmen shot down by Syria over the Mediterranean, only a short distance from a Turkish province hosting thousands of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 26/06/2012 | World

    Assad says Syria at war as battle reaches capital

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Tuesday that his country was at war and ordered his new government to spare no effort to achieve victory, as the worst fighting of the 16-month conflict reached the outskirts of the capital.

  • 27/06/2012 | World

    Gunmen storm pro-Assad Syrian TV channel

    Gunmen stormed a pro-government Syrian TV channel headquarters today, bombing buildings and shooting dead three employees, state media said, in one of the boldest attacks yet on a symbol of the authoritarian state.

  • 16/06/2012 | World

    UN suspends Syria monitoring due to rising violence

    United Nations monitors in Syria have suspended operations because of the increasing violence over the last 10 days by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels seeking his overthrow, the head of the observer mission said on Saturday.

  • 17/06/2012 | World

    Syria accused of violence rise after UN monitor halt

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army intensified shelling of Sunni Muslim districts in the northwest city of Homs today, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens hours after UN monitors suspended their work, opposition activists said.

  • 18/06/2012 | World

    Obama, Putin say Syria violence must end, no plan agreed

    US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the violence in Syria has to end but they offered no new solutions and showed no signs of reaching a deal on tougher sanctions against Damascus.

  • 09/06/2012 | World

    Shelling kills 17 in cradle of Syrian uprising

    Seventeen people, including 10 women, were killed overnight by shelling in the Syrian town of Deraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted 15 months ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 11/06/2012 | World

    Syria: Assad forces renew Homs assault

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have renewed efforts to impose control in Homs province, killing at least 35 people in one of the biggest bombardments since a failed UN-mandated ceasefire in April, opposition activists said.

  • 12/06/2012 | World

    UN says Syrian helicopters fire on rebel strongholds

    UN monitors said Syrian helicopters fired on rebel strongholds north of Homs and called for "immediate and unfettered access" to conflict zones where they had heard many women and children were trapped.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad names former minister as new PM

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad named a Baath Party stalwart to form a new government, signaling no political concessions to a 15-month-old uprising, as helicopters and tanks pounded rebels near the Mediterranean coast.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    US Geithner warns nations will seek 'maximum financial pressure' on Syria's Assad

    The US Treasury today warned Syria that more than 55 countries would seek to impose "maximum financial pressure" on President Bashar al-Assad's government in an effort to stop his regime's violence against Syrian people.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    At least 78 killed in Syria's Hama province

    Activists said pro-government militia men and security forces killed at least 78 people, including children, in Syria's central province of Hama.

  • 01/06/2012 | World

    Annan frustrated over Syria, Russia gives no ground

    International envoy Kofi Annan said on Friday he was "frustrated and impatient" a week after a massacre in Syria of 108 people shocked the world, but Russia said his peace plan was still the best hope for Syria.

  • 02/06/2012 | World

    Peacemaker Annan talks tough with Syria's Assad

    International envoy Kofi Annan criticised President Bashar al-Assad for failing to comply with a peace plan to end the Syria conflict and said his forces were carrying out atrocities, arbitrary arrests and other abuses regardless of the world outcry against him.

  • 04/06/2012 | World

    Syria rebels say no longer committed to Annan plan

    Syrian rebels are no longer committed to a UN-backed peace plan that has failed to end the violence and have launched attacks on government forces to "defend our people", a spokesman said today.

  • 30/05/2012 | World

    UN monitors say 13 killed in cold blood in Syria

    UN observers said on Wednesday 13 bodies had been discovered bound and shot in eastern Syria, days after a massacre of 108 civilians, nearly half of them children, ignited a world outcry.

  • 30/05/2012 | World

    Syria rebels give Assad 48-hour deadline to end violence

    Syrian rebels today gave President Bashar al-Assad a 48-hour deadline to abide by an international peace plan to end violence or face consequences, a rebel spokesman said.

  • 31/05/2012 | World

    Syria on brink of sectarian civil war, West says

    Syria is nearing full-blown sectarian civil war that would be catastrophic for the entire Middle East, Western nations said, urging Russia to end its support for President Bashar al-Assad and put pressure on him to stop the bloodshed.

  • 27/05/2012 | World

    UN Security Council condemns Syria over massacre

    The UN Security Council on Sunday unanimously condemned the Syrian government for heavy-weapons attacks on the town of Houla, the site of a massacre of at least 108 people, including many children, the council president said.

  • 28/05/2012 | World

    Annan condemns 'appalling crime' on visit to Syria

    Peace envoy Kofi Annan condemned the killing of at least 108 people in the Syrian town of Houla as "an appalling crime" today and urged President Bashar al-Assad to prove he wants a peaceful resolution to the crisis racking his country.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Germany expels Syrian envoy, urges UN to reconsider situation

    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expelled the Syrian ambassador today, acting in concert with international partners, and urged the U.N. Security Council to consider again its stance on Syria.

  • 17/05/2012 | World

    Russia says action on Syria, Iran may go nuclear

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warnedthat military action against sovereign states could lead to a regional nuclear war, starkly voicing Moscow's opposition to Western intervention ahead of a G8 summit at which Syria and Iran will be discussed

  • 19/05/2012 | World

    Nine killed by Syria car bomb, 100 wounded

    A car bomb that rocked the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor killed nine people and wounded about 100, the official SANA news agency said.

  • 26/05/2012 | World

    Over 90 killed in Syria massacre, activists say

    A Syrian artillery barrage killed more than 90 people, including dozens of children, in the worst violence since the start of a UN peace plan to staunch the flow of blood from Syria's uprising, activists said on Saturday.

  • 10/05/2012 | World

    Syria: Damascus blasts kill 40, wound 170

    Two bomb explosions killed 40 people and wounded 170 in Damascus today, state media reported, incinerating people in their cars and damaging an intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on a 14-month-old uprising.

  • 11/05/2012 | World

    Syria says thwarts attempted suicide car bombing

    Syrian forces foiled an attempted suicide car bombing in the northern city of Aleppo today, state television said, a day after two bombs in the capital killed at least 55 people.

  • 12/05/2012 | World

    Clashes rage in Syria, opposition meets abroad

    Rebels fought the army in northern Syria today, activists said, and Syrian dissidents abroad gathered to try to unify and project themselves as a credible alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 03/05/2012 | World

    Attack on Syria university protest kills four

    Syrian security forces and students with knives attacked a protest against President Bashar al-Assad at Aleppo University early, killing at least four people and arresting 200, according to activists and Internet videos.

  • 05/05/2012 | World

    Explosions in two Syrian cities, kill at least three

    An explosion killed several people in Aleppo and two blasts hit a Damascus highway today in further signs that rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad are shifting tactics towards homemade explosives.

  • 08/05/2012 | World

    Some Syria violence amounts to civil war, says Red Cross

    Fighting has been so intense in parts of Syria that at times the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has qualified as a localised civil war, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

  • 27/04/2012 | World

    Nine dead in suicide bomb near Damascus mosque

    A suicide bomber killed nine people including security officers at a Damascus mosque today, Syria's interior ministry said, in another blow to a fraying UN-brokered truce between President Bashar al-Assad and rebels fighting for his downfall.

  • 28/04/2012 | World

    Gunmen hit Syrian army from sea, Moscow slams rebels

    Gunmen in inflatable dinghies killed several security officials in an attack on a military unit on Syria's Mediterranean coast, state media said on Saturday, the first seaborne assault reported during the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Deadly bombs in Syria's Idlib target security

    Nine people including Syrian military personnel were killed and 100 wounded in bomb blasts near security service buildings in Idlib, state media said, as a bombing campaign intensified against government targets.

  • 20/04/2012 | World

    Roadside bomb kills 10 Syrian security personnel

    Ten Syrian security personnel were killed today in a roadside bomb planted by "terrorists" in Sahm al Golan village in the southwest of the country, state television said.

  • 20/04/2012 | World

    France says EU to adopt new sanctions on Syria on Monday

    The European Union will adopt new sanctions against Syria on Monday in light of continued bloodshed despite a week-old ceasefire, France's Foreign Ministry said today.

  • 21/04/2012 | World

    UN council authorizes up to 300 Syria truce monitors

    The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a Russia-European drafted resolution on Saturday that authorizes an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers to Syria for three months to help bolster a fragile week-old ceasefire.

  • 14/04/2012 | World

    UN council approves deployment of monitors to Syria

    Russia and China joined the rest of the UN Security Council today to authorize the deployment of up to 30 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the country's fragile ceasefire as called for by UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Clashes in Syria as UN ceasefire monitors due

    Syrian government forces shelled the city of Homs, resident opposition activists and a rights activist said, as a six-person advance party of UN observers is due to arrive in Syria to monitor a ceasefire meant to start four days ago.

  • 19/04/2012 | World

    Annan's team urges swift deployment of Syria observers

    UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan's deputy told the Security Council that the swift deployment of more observers to Syria was needed despite continued risks and persistent violence, though some council members have expressed reluctance.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    Syrian activists say at least 26 dead in Homs attacks

    At least 26 people were killed in the Syrian army's bombardment of the Bayada and Khalidiya districts of the city of Homs, activists said.

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    Syrian gov't accuses 'terrorists' of roadside bomb attack amid ceasefire

    Syria accused "terrorists" of planting a roadside bomb that blew up in Aleppo, killing one officer and wounding at least 24 cadets and officers in an attempt to sabotage a UN-backed ceasefire, state media said today.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    Six die as violence mars Syria truce, protests muted

    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead five protesters after Friday prayers, activists reported, while the government said an army officer was killed as violence marred a ceasefire brokered by international peace envoy Kofi Annan.

  • 02/04/2012 | World

    Annan says Syria agrees to April 10 peace deadline

    Syria has pledged to withdraw all military units from towns by April 10 to pave the way for a ceasefire with rebels two days later, th ough Western envoys were sceptical about Damascus' intent to halt its year-long assault on opponents.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    UN says Syria violence worsening as deadline nears

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Syria's conflict is deepening and attacks on civilian areas show no sign of abating, despite assurances from Damascus that it has begun withdrawing troops under an international peace plan.

  • 07/04/2012 | World

    Violence dims Syria truce hopes, 53 killed

    Syrian troops pounded opposition areas on Saturday, activists said, killing 53 people in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week's UN-backed ceasefire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed.

  • 24/03/2012 | World

    Homs pounded, Syrian tanks enter northern town

    Syrian forces pounded the already battered city of Homs with tank and mortar fire and troops raided a rebellious northern town, leaving 10 civilians and four soldiers dead, opposition activists said.

  • 27/03/2012 | World

    Annan says Syria accepts peace plan, troops enter Lebanon

    Syria has accepted a ceasefire and peace plan drawn up by UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, his spokesman said today, even as Syrian troops thrust into Lebanon to battle rebels who had taken refuge there.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    UN urges Syria's Assad to implement peace plan

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to quickly implement a peace plan that he has accepted which calls for the army to return to its barracks.

  • 17/03/2012 | World

    Twin bombings in Damascus kill at least 27, almost 100 hurt

    Two explosions struck the heart of Damascus, killing at least 27 people in an attack on security installations that state television blamed on "terrorists" seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    EU slaps sanctions on Assad's family

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the wife and mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today, increasing pressure on his government to halt a bloody crackdown against an armed uprising.

  • 10/03/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad rebuffs Annan, troops attack Idlib

    President Bashar al-Assad told UN/Arab League envoy Kofi Annanthat no political solution was possible in Syria while "terrorist" groups were destabilising the country.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    UN's Ban urges Syria to act 'within few days' on peace proposals

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to act within the "next few days" on UN-Arab League proposals to bring peace to the country where pro-democracy protests deteriorated into bloody turmoil.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Clinton accuses al-Assad of 'cynically' launching assaults while meeting UN envoy

    "How cynical that, even as Assad was receiving former (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Syrian Army was conducting a fresh assault on Idlib and continuing its aggression in Hama, Homs, and Rastan," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the UN Security Council.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Obama says Syria's Assad 'will fall', but US will not take unilateral action

    President Barack Obama said today it was only a matter of time before Syria's President Bashar al-Assad left office, but added it was a mistake to think the US could take unilateral action there.

  • 08/03/2012 | World

    Annan urges end to Syria violence

    Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, said he would urge President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to stop fighting and seek a political solution, drawing angry rebukes from dissidents.

  • 09/03/2012 | World

    Annan to meet Assad, seeking end to Syria violence

    UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan meets President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday to press for a political solution to Syria's year-long uprising and bloody crackdown in which thousands of people have been killed.

  • 02/03/2012 | World

    UN chief speaks of 'grisly reports' from Syria

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received "grisly reports" that Syrian government forces were arbitrarily executing, imprisoning and torturing people in the battle-scarred city of Homs after rebel fighters had fled.

  • 03/03/2012 | World

    Syrian forces pound Homs anew, block aid convoy

    Syrian forces bombarded parts of the shattered city of Homs anewy and blocked the first Red Cross aid meant for civilians stranded for weeks without food and fuel in the former rebel stronghold, activists and aid workers said.

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    US Senator McCain urges air strikes on Syria

    The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria through air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's forces, US Senator John McCain said.

  • 28/02/2012 | World

    UN: Syria civilian death toll 'well over 7,500'

    Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began, a UN official said, and Hillary Clinton, the top US diplomat, suggested the Syrian leader may be a war criminal.

  • 01/03/2012 | World

    UK withdraws diplomats from Syria, closes embassy

    Britain announced today that the UK is closing its embassy in Syria and withdrawing British diplomats. It has assured, however, Britain is not breaking diplomatic ties with Damascus.

  • 02/03/2012 | World

    France to shut Syria embassy, awaits UN mandate to act

    President Nicolas Sarkozy said today that France would shut its Syrian embassy due to the repression of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad and was ready to step up its support of rebels if the United Nations can give a green light.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    Kofi Annan appointed UN-Arab League envoy to Syria

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby appointed Ban's predecessor Kofi Annan as joint special envoy on the Syrian crisis, the United Nations announced.

  • 24/02/2012 | World

    'Friends of Syria' condemn Assad but see more killing

    Western and Arab nations mounted the biggest diplomatic push in weeks to end Syria's crackdown on the opposition, but the talk in a marble-lined Tunisian hotel risked being overtaken by the increasingly vicious armed conflict on the ground.

  • 25/02/2012 | World

    As violence rages, Syria holds referendum

    Syria will hold a referendum tomorrow on a new constitution, dismissed by the opposition as a charade amid an intensifying crackdown on the 11-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Syrian forces fire on Damascus protests

    Syrian forces opened fire with live ammunition on demonstrators in Damascus overnight, wounding at least four, activists said as unrest continued to spread in the capital.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    Syria: US, French journalists killed

    US correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs today when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    'Friends of Syria' to demand ceasefire, aid access

    Western and Arab nations will demand that Syrian forces implement an immediate ceasefire to allow relief supplies to reach desperate civilians in bombarded cities such as Homs when they meet in Tunis tomorrow.

  • 10/02/2012 | World

    Explosions kill 25 in Syrian city of Aleppo

    Two explosions outside security bases in Aleppo killed 25 soldiers and civilians today, Syrian television said, in the worst violence in Syria's commercial hub in an 11-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 11/02/2012 | World

    Syria forces shell Homs, Russia to oppose UN resolution

    Syrian forces bombarded districts of Homs city in a campaign to crush a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, whose ally Russia said it would not support an Arab peace plan circulating at the United Nations.

  • 16/02/2012 | World

    Ban Ki-moon sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Syrian authorities to stop killing civilians and said potential crimes against humanity were taking place in the country.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    France recalls Syria ambassador, vows more pressure

    France recalled its ambassador from Syria today in protest at the violent government crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, saying his "days were numbered" and vowing to press on with efforts to end the bloodshed.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    Attacks in Syria's Homs resume after Russian peace foray

    Armoured forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad thrust deeper into the central city of Homs, firing rockets and mortar rounds to subdue opposition districts, activists said, a day after Russia said Assad wants peace.

  • 09/02/2012 | World

    Syria forces bombard Homs, UN condemns 'appalling brutality'

    Syrian forces bombarded opposition-held neighborhoods of the city of Homs with rocket and mortar fire today, activists said, as divided world powers struggled to find a way to end the violence.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    Over 200 people killed in Syria as UN prepares to vote

    More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said, as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for President Bashar al-Assad to give up power.

  • 04/02/2012 | World

    Russia, China in double veto of UN Syria resolution

    Russia and China joined forces in a double veto on Saturday to knock down a Western-Arab UN Security Council resolution backing an Arab League plan for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside.

  • 06/02/2012 | World

    US closes embassy in Damascus due to Syria violence

    The United States announced it was closing its embassy in Syria due to the worsening security situation, further isolating Damascus over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

  • 24/01/2012 | World

    Syria agrees to extend Arab monitoring mission

    Syria agreed on to extend the mission of Arab League observers monitoring implementation of a peace plan aimed at ending 10 months of violence in which thousands of people have been killed.

  • 25/01/2012 | World

    Red Crescent official shot dead in Syria

    The secretary-general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was shot dead as he travelled outside the capital Damascus in a clearly marked vehicle, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

  • 28/01/2012 | World

    Arab League suspends Syria mission as violence rages

    The Arab League said today it had suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of "the critical deterioration of the situation" as state security forces battled rebels holding three suburbs just outside Damascus.

  • 16/01/2012 | World

    Twelve more killed in Syria despite Arab monitors

    Twelve people were killed in Syria, where a peace plan monitored by Arab observers has failed to douse a 10-month-old struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his foes.

  • 21/01/2012 | World

    Syria blasts kill 14, Arab monitors may stay

    Bomb blasts killed 14 prisoners travelling in a security vehicle in northwest Syria, the state news agency said, and troops fought rebels elsewhere as the Arab League weighed whether to keep monitors in place.

  • 23/01/2012 | World

    EU expands sanctions against Syria

    EU foreign ministers tightened sanctions against Syria, adding 22 people and eight entities to a list of banned people and groups, and said President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown against protesters was unacceptable.

  • 11/01/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad speaks to crowd in Damascus

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, fighting 10 months of pro-democracy protests, greeted thousands of rapturous supporters in a Damascus square today, only a day after breaking a six-month public silence.

  • 11/01/2012 | World

    French journalist killed in Syria

    A French journalist was among several people killed in Syria's central city of Homs on today, becoming the first Western reporter to have died in 10 months of unrest in the country.

  • 13/01/2012 | World

    France urges inquiry into journalist's death in Syria

    France called today for an independent investigation into the death of a French television journalist killed in a mortar attack in Homs this week while reporting on unrest in the central Syrian city.

  • 28/12/2011 | World

    Gunfire, protests in Syria's Hama

    Live footage carried on al Jazeera television showed gunfire and black smoke rising above Syria's central city of Hama as dozens of men marched through the streets chanting "Where are the Arab monitors".

  • 06/01/2012 | World

    Suicide bomber kills several in Damascus, Syrian TV reports

    A suicide bomber killed several people and wounded dozens in central Damascus today, Syrian state television said, showing footage of what appeared to be a damaged police bus.

  • 07/01/2012 | World

    Syria buries victims of contested bombing

    Crowds waving Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad gathered today to bury 26 people who the authorities said were killed by a suicide bomber at a busy Damascus crossroads.

  • 24/12/2011 | World

    Angry Syrians bury Damascus bombing dead

    Thousands of Syrians chanted "Death to America" today during funeral processions in Damascus for at least 44 people killed in twin suicide bombings that rocked the capital.

  • 26/12/2011 | World

    Syria tanks fire, 23 die in fighting as monitors awaited

    At least 23 people were killed as Syrian tank forces battled opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Homs, residents said, ahead of a planned visit by Arab League monitors to verify whether he is ending a violent crackdown on unrest.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Gunfire erupts as Syrians plead with Arab monitors

    Syrian security forces fired tear gas at tens of thousands of protesters who were heading towards the centre of Syria's troubled city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 17/12/2011 | World

    Arabs may take Syria peace plan to United Nations

    Arab states may take their proposals for ending Syria's crackdown on protests to the UN Security Council next week unless Damascus agrees to implement the initiative, Qatar's foreign minister said.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    At least 40 killed in Syrian blasts

    Two car bomb attacks on Syrian security sites in Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded 55 others, most of them civilian, the Lebanese news channel Al Manar said today.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    US condemns Syria blasts, says must not hinder Arab League

    The United States strongly condemned two blasts that hit Syria's capital, saying they should not be allowed to impede an Arab League plan aimed at ending a bloody nine-month crackdown against anti-government protests.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Syria's Assad in interview denies ordered crackdown

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering a crackdown against anti-government protesters, telling ABC news that most people who died in the unrest were his troops and supporters.

  • 08/12/2011 | World

    Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs

    Syrian pipeline carrying crude from oilfields in the east of the country was blown up near the restive city of Homs on Thursday, according to anti-government activists and the official news agency SANA.

  • 13/12/2011 | World

    Syria death toll hits 5,000 as insurgency spreads

    More than 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest in Syria, the UN human rights chief said, as an insurgency began to overshadow what had initially been street protests against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year rule.

  • 27/11/2011 | World

    Arab states approve cutting commercial ties with Syria

    The Arab League approved economic sanctions on Syria to try to force Damascus to halt an eight-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad that Qatar said may prompt international intervention.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    Syria sanctioned, condemned for 'brutality'

    Syria faced growing economic sanctions and condemnation over "gross human rights violations," but President Bashar al-Assad showed no sign of buckling under international pressure to end his military crackdown on popular unrest.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Syria says it could sign Arab peace deal 'soon'

    An increasingly isolated Syria imposed retaliatory sanctions on former friend Turkey, but said today it might agree "soon" to an Arab peace plan to avert penalties from Arab states over its eight month crackdown on protests.

  • 12/11/2011 | World

    Arab League suspends Syria, demands end to killing

    The Arab League called on Syria's army to stop the killing of civilians and said it was suspending Syria from the regional body in a surprise move that turns up the heat on President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 22/11/2011 | World

    UN assembly panel condemns Syria over crackdown

    The UN General Assembly's human rights committee condemned Syria for its eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in a vote backed by Western nations and most Arab states.

  • 26/11/2011 | World

    Arab League prepares for Syria sanctions

    Arab officials will prepare plans for sanctions against Syria over its failure to let Arab League monitors oversee an initiative aimed at ending a violent crackdown on protesters seeking an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

  • 01/11/2011 | World

    Syria says reaches deal with Arab League to endunrest

    Syria said today it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

  • 05/11/2011 | World

    Syrian tanks kill three in besieged Homs

    Tank fire killed at least three civilians and wounded dozens in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, activists and residents said, casting doubt on whether an Arab League plan can end months of bloodshed triggered by a popular uprising.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    UN: Syrian crackdown has killed over 3,500

    More than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protesters, the United Nations said today, as the military pressed its campaign to put down resistance against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in the city of Homs.

  • 08/10/2011 | World

    Syrian forces fire on Kurdish funeral, two dead

    Syrian security forces killed at least two people when they opened fire on tens of thousands of mourners at the funeral of a Kurdish opposition figure, activists said.

  • 24/10/2011 | World

    US pulls ambassador out of Syria

    The US State Department said today it pulled its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, out of the country because of threats to his personal safety.

  • 28/10/2011 | World

    Syrian security forces kill 40 protesters

    Security forces killed at least 40 civilians on attacks on demonstrations calling for international protection for Syria's pro-democracy protesters, activists said.

  • 28/09/2011 | World

    Syrian tanks pound anti-Assad fighters for second day

    Tanks pounded a Syrian town that has become a refuge for army deserters for a second day, residents said, in the first major battle with defecting soldiers since a six-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began.

  • 30/09/2011 | World

    UN demands access to Syria as tens of thousands protest

    An UN-backed rights commission urged Syria to let it into the country to investigate reports of killings and torture, including of children, during six months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Activists say Syrian forces killed eight protesters

    Syrian forces killed at least eight people when they opened fire to disperse protests against President Bashar al-Assad after prayers in Damascus and Homs, activists said, and Russia's president urged him to undertake reforms or step down.

  • 24/08/2011 | World

    Syrian forces raid eastern towns, EU may embargo oil

    Syrian forces killed one person and arrested dozens in raids on an eastern tribal region today as part of a crackdown on dissent which could lead to European Union oil sanctions on Damascus as early as next week.

  • 27/08/2011 | World

    Arab League tells Syria to end bloodshed

    Arab foreign ministers told Syria today to work to end months of bloodshed "before it's too late", and decided to send Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Damascus to push for political and economic reforms.

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    EU agrees to ban crude from Syria

    European Union governments agreed to ban imports of Syrian oil in a move to strengthen economic pressure on the President Bashar al-Assad and his government, EU diplomats and officials said.

  • 19/08/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 34 despite Assad pledge

    Syrian forces killed dozens of protesters despite assurances by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, and thousands of people rallied across the Arab nation with renewed vigour demanding political freedoms.

  • 21/08/2011 | World

    Assad warns action against Syria will backfire

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said unrest sweeping the country had become more militant but he was confident it could be controlled and warned that any military action against his nation would backfire.

  • 23/08/2011 | World

    US diplomat makes suprise visit to Syrian town

    The US ambassador made a surprise trip to a southern Syrian town today, his second visit to an area rocked by protests against President Bashar al-Assad, a move likely to antagonize authorities in Damascus.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Turkey pressures Syria to end crackdown

    Syrian tanks have begun leaving the central city of Hama and Turkey expects the Syrian government to start reforms within 15 days to ease popular unrest, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said today.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 15, US slaps sanctions

    Syrian forces killed 15 civilians in the city of Homs on Wednesday, an activists' group said, despite international calls for President Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody crackdown on protests against his rule.

  • 18/08/2011 | World

    Obama to ask Syria’s Assad to step down

    President Barack Obama will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and slap new sanctions on his government in a toughening of the US stance toward the Syrian leader, a US official said.

  • 06/08/2011 | World

    UN to Assad: Military force on civilians must stop

    The UN chief told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday that he was alarmed by the escalating violence in Syria and demanded that Assad stop deploying the military against civilians.

  • 07/08/2011 | World

    Syrian tanks pound city, Saudi king condemns violence

    Syrian tanks pounded the city of Deir al-Zor in the country's Sunni tribal heartland for a second day and the escalating violence in the country prompted a strong condemnation of President Bashar al-Assad by the Saudi king.

  • 09/08/2011 | World

    Assad: Syria won't stop fight against 'terrorists'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad his forces would continue to pursue "terrorist groups" after Turkey pressed him to end a military assault aimed at crushing protests against his rule.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    Assad forces fire on protesters across Syria

    Syrian tanks shelled the city of Hama after Ramadan prayers, residents said, on the third day of an armoured assault to crush some of the largest street protests against President Bashar al-Assad in a five-month uprising.

  • 04/08/2011 | World

    Over 45 feared dead in Syrian tank assault

    Syrian troops killed at least 45 civilians in a tank assault to occupy the center of the besieged city of Hama, an activist said, in a sharp escalation of a campaign to crush an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

  • 05/08/2011 | World

    Protest marches across Syria on first Ramadan Friday

    Tens of thousands of people marched across Syria on the first Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, stepping up defiance of President Bashar al-Assad's bloody crackdown on unrest as his tanks again shelled Hama and massed outside another restive city.

  • 12/07/2011 | World

    White House: Syria's Assad has lost legitimacy

    The White House, echoing comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day earlier, said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost legitimacy and was "not indispensable."

  • 18/07/2011 | World

    Qatar closes Syria embassy after assaults, diplomats report

    Qatar has pulled out its ambassador from Syria and closed its embassy after attacks on the compound by militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats in the Syrian capital told reporters.

  • 31/07/2011 | World

    Dozens killed as Syria army storms Hama

    Syrian tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama, killing at least 45 civilians in a move to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, residents and activists said.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    Syrian troops near Turkey border rises tensions

    Syrian troops massed near the Turkish border, witnesses said, raising tensions with Ankara as President Bashar al-Assad uses increasing military force against a popular revolt.

  • 24/06/2011 | World

    Thousands protest against Syria's Assad

    "Tell the world Bashar is without legitimacy," shouted several thousand protesters in the Damascus suburb of Irbin, an eyewitness said, the chants echoing over the phone. Syria has expelled most foreign journalists.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Diplomats say Assad loyalists attack US, French embassies

    French embassy guards in Damascus fired live ammunition to disperse loyalists to President Bashar al-Assad who tried to break into the compound and are still surrounding it, diplomats in the Syrian capital said. A similar crowd broke into the US embassy but later left, they added.

  • 20/06/2011 | World

    Russia opposes UN vote on Syria, EU to expand sanctions

    Russia emphasized its opposition to a UN resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urged the opposition to sit down with President Bashar al-Assad's government for talks on reform.

  • 21/06/2011 | World

    Seven protesters killed in Syria during rallies

    Syrian security forces shot dead seven people today during clashes in two cities between PresidentSyria's loyalists and protesters demanding his removal, a leading activist said.

  • 22/06/2011 | World

    UN Chief: Syria's Assad running low on credibility

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has pledged to reform the country and engage in a dialogue with pro-democracy protesters, is running low on credibility, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said today.

  • 17/06/2011 | World

    France, Germany for tougher Syria sanctions

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today that France and Germany had agreed to push for tougher punitive sanctions against Syria for its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

  • 18/06/2011 | World

    Syria forces storm border town near Turkey

    Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border today, burning houses and arresting dozens, witnesses said, in a persistent military campaign to crush popular revolt.

  • 20/06/2011 | World

    Assad addresses Syrians, protesters take the streets

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged today political reforms within months to address a wave of protests against his rule, but blamed saboteurs for the unrest and warned that no deal could be reached with gunmen. After Assad’s speech, protesters took to the streets across Syria as a reaction to the mandate’s statements.

  • 15/06/2011 | World

    UN accuses Syria of murder, mass arrests and torture

    The UN human rights office said that Syrian security forces have repressed pro-democracy protests through executions, mass arrests and torture, citing widespread allegations it has received.

  • 15/06/2011 | World

    Syrians flee northern town as tanks close in

    Thousands of Syrians have fled the historic town of Maarat al-Numaan to escape troops and tanks pushing into the north in a widening military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 16/06/2011 | World

    Turkey calls for immediate end to Syrian crackdown

    Turkey called for Syria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and pass democratic reforms, in a meeting today between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy.

  • 12/06/2011 | World

    Syria uprising killings rise to 1,300 - activists

    The main Syrian activist group organising protests said a violent crackdown has killed 1,300 civilians and called on President Bashar al-Assad to step down to transform the country into a democracy.

  • 13/06/2011 | World

    Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town

    Syrian troops rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour today, fleeing residents said, after President Bashar al-Assad's army retook the rebellious town.

  • 14/06/2011 | World

    Syrian Troops push towards northern town as thousands flee to Turkey

    Syrian troops using tanks and helicopters pushed towards a northern town today after arresting hundreds of people in villages near Jisr al-Shughour, residents said, as more refugees fled to Turkey.

  • 06/06/2011 | World

    Israel sees Syrian hand in Golan clashes, death toll reaches 23

    Israel accused Syria today of orchestrating lethal confrontations on the once-quiet ceasefire line between the two countries as a distraction from Damascus's bloody crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt. Syria said 23 people, including a woman and a child, were killed.

  • 10/06/2011 | World

    Helicopters open fire to disperse Syrian protesters

    Syrian helicopter gunships fired machineguns to disperse pro-democracy protests, witnesses said, in the first reported use of air power to quell unrest in Syria's increasingly bloody three-month-old uprising.

  • 11/06/2011 | World

    Syrian forces attack town, refugees flee to Turkey

    Syrian tanks stormed a border town overnight, residents said, in the latest assault to crush a three-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that has driven thousands of refugee to flee to Turkey.

  • 02/06/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 13 in besieged town

    Syrian forces killed at least 13 civilians in the central town of Rastan today, activists said, in the latest military assault to try and quell a revolt against the 11-year rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 03/06/2011 | World

    Syria intensifies assault on anti-Assad protesters

    Syrian security forces intensified their assault on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, killing at least 34 demonstrators in the latest crackdown in the city of Hama, activists said.

  • 04/06/2011 | World

    Syria forces kill 70 in anti-Assad protests

    Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters yesterday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 31/05/2011 | World

    Clinton, citing Syrian boy, sees 'total collapse'

    The reported torture of a Syrian boy shows the "total collapse" of Syrian authorities' willingness to listen to anti-government protesters, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said

  • 31/05/2011 | World

    UNICEF worries over “Horrific acts” against children in Syria

    The UN children's agency UNICEF called on Syria to investigate reports of "horrific acts" of violence against children detained during the current wave of unrest in the Arab country.

  • 01/06/2011 | World

    Syrian forces shell town kill 41, lawyer says

    Syrian forces killed 41 civilians in an effort to crush pro-democracy protests, a human rights lawyer said, as opposition leaders met in Turkey to plot the downfall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 21/05/2011 | World

    Eleven killed as Syrian funeral becomes protest

    Syrian security forces shot dead 11 mourners in the central city of Homs on Saturday at a mass funeral for people killed in the latest crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, a rights campaigner said.

  • 24/05/2011 | World

    At least 1,100 civilians killed in Syria uprising: group

    Syrian troops and security forces have killed at least 1,100 civilians in their two-month campaign to crush pro-democracy demonstrations, Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said.

  • 30/05/2011 | World

    Three killed as army enters central Syrian town

    At least three civilians were killed when security forces entered the town of Talbiseh in central Syria to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad, a rights group said.

  • 17/05/2011 | World

    Tanks storm south Syria city

    The West warned of more pressure on Syria if a crackdown against pro-democracy protests continues, hours after tanks stormed a city in the south, cradle of an uprising against Baathist rule. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that both the European Union and the United States were planning more steps.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Obama steps up pressure on Syria's Assad

    US President Barack Obama called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a transition to democracy or step aside, but stopped short of demanding his departure over a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Syrian forces shoot dead 30 demonstrators

    Syrian security forces shot dead at least 30 demonstrators during protests that broke out across the country in defiance of a military crackdown which has killed hundreds of people, a rights activist said.

  • 12/05/2011 | World

    Syria's Assad reported to have ordered no shooting

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered troops not to fire on pro-democracy demonstrators, a rights campaigner said, ahead of Friday prayers that have become a rallying point for protesters in an eight-week uprising.

  • 13/05/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 6 protesters

    Thousands of Syrians demonstrated after weekly prayers, activists and witnesses said, keeping up a two-month-old campaign of calls to end autocratic rule, despite a military crackdown that has killed hundreds.

  • 14/05/2011 | World

    Three killed in Syrian town, hundreds flee to Lebanon

    Three people were killed after Syrian troops and gunmen entered the town of Tel Kelakh, a rights campaigner said, and hundreds fled what they said was fierce fighting into neighboring Lebanon.

  • 09/05/2011 | World

    Assad tightens grip on Syria's restive 3rd city

    Government forces backed by snipers on rooftops tightened their grip on Syria's third city, rights groups said, after President Bashar al-Assad sent in tanks in a sharpening crackdown on protests against his rule.

  • 10/05/2011 | World

    Syrian forces relax grip on town of Banias

    Syrian security forces have released 300 people detained in the coastal city of Banias and restored basic services, a rights group said, within hours of the government saying the threat from protests was receding.

  • 11/05/2011 | World

    Ban Ki-moon urges Syria to halt crackdown on unrest

    UN Secretary-General urged Syria to halt its military crackdown on protesters and heed calls for reform "before it is too late". Ban, who said he has spoken with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad several times said some promises of change made had fallen short.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Assad sends more soldiers to crush Syria uprising

    Syrian army units backed by tanks have tightened the siege of two defiant urban centers, in a sign that President Bashar al-Assad is widening the use of the military to crush demonstrations against his autocratic rule

  • 06/05/2011 | World

    New EU sanctions on Syria as 23 protesters killed

    Syrian security forces killed 23 protesters demanding an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, rights campaigners said, and the European Union agreed to impose sanctions in response to his crackdown.

  • 07/05/2011 | World

    Syria army attacks Banias, raising sectarian tension

    Syrian forces shot dead six civilians in an attack on Sunni districts in the mixed city of Banias, rights campaigners said, raising sectarian tension in a country gripped by pro-democracy protests.

  • 30/04/2011 | World

    Syria arrests women, opposition figures-rights groups

    Syrian security forces arrested two veteran opposition figures and a group of female protesters, adding to thousands of political prisoners in the country, rights groups said.

  • 01/05/2011 | World

    Syria arrests hundreds, shells Deraa into submission

    Security forces arrested hundreds of pro-democracy sympathisers in cities across Syria after taking control of the city of Deraa, cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    Syria charges hundreds with 'degrading the state'

    Hundreds of Syrians have been charged with "degrading the prestige of the state," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in President Bashar al-Assad's drive to crush protests against his autocratic rule.

  • 26/04/2011 | World

    European govermentts condemn Syria, security forces deploy

    Security forces deployed in a suburb of the Syrian capital and in the city of Banias, witnesses said, even as President Bashar al-Assad drew international criticism for sending in tanks to crush a revolt.

  • 27/04/2011 | World

    European push for UN condemnation of Syria fails

    A European push for the UN Security Council to condemn Syria's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters was blocked by resistance from Russia, China and Lebanon, envoys said.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 62, US toughens sanctions

    Security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria during demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States imposed new sanctions on key figures.

  • 23/04/2011 | World

    Syrian forces raid homes, Assad opposition mounts

    Secret police raided homes near Damascus overnight, rights campaigners said, as popular opposition to authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad mounted following the bloodiest attacks on pro-democracy protesters.

  • 25/04/2011 | World

    Some 500 arrested in Syria crackdown: rights group

    Security forces have arrested some 500 pro-democracy sympathizers across Syria after the government sent in tanks to try to crush protests in the city of Deraa, the Syrian rights organization Sawasiah said.

  • 26/04/2011 | World

    At least 400 civilians killed in Syria revolt

    Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians in their campaign to crush the country's month-long peaceful pro-democracy revolution, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said.

  • 19/04/2011 | World

    Syria lifts emergency but police arrest leftist

    The Syrian authorities' arrest of a leftist opposition figure overnight suggests that a bill passed by the government to end emergency rule after 48 years will not halt repression, rights campaigners said.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    Forces deploy in Syria's Homs city, residents defiant

    Plain clothes security forces toting Ak-47s deployed in Homs overnight, a witness said, as the central Syrian city defied a crackdown following the killing of 21 pro-democracy protesters this week.

  • 21/04/2011 | World

    Syria's President ends state of emergency

    President Bashar al-Assad ended Syria's state of emergency, in effect for nearly 50 years, in a bid to defuse pro-democracy protests against his authoritarian rule that have gripped the country for over a month.

  • 10/04/2011 | World

    Assad loyalists kill three in coastal Syrian city: activist

    Irregular forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed three people in Banias, a local human rights activist said, after pro-democracy protests flared in the mostly Sunni city on the Mediterranean.

  • 17/04/2011 | World

    Assad pledge fails to quell Syria anger; troops fire

    Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters at a funeral, witnesses said, and an announcement that President Bashar al-Assad would lift 48-years of emergency rule failed to quell fury on the streets.

  • 18/04/2011 | World

    Syrian forces fire at protesters, unrest intensifies

    Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gathered overnight in Homs city in defiance of warning by the authorities to halt what they called an insurrection, a rights campaigner said.

  • 25/03/2011 | World

    Protests and shooting in Syria as unrest spreads

    President Bashar al-Assad faced the deepest crisis of his 11 years in power, with one city in the grip of anti-government protesters and unrest spreading to other parts of Syria.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Six dead in port city as Syrian crisis grows

    Syrian security forces have killed six people in two days of anti-government protests in the key port city of Latakia, reformist activists living abroad told reporters.

  • 29/03/2011 | World

    State TV: Syrian government resigns

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignation of the government, Syrian state television said. He was expected to address the nation in a speech which may include a decision to abolish emergency laws

  • 01/10/2011 | Latin America

    Hugo Chávez sends solidarity to Gaddafi, Syria

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he was praying for Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and also sent a message of solidarity to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against "Yankee" aggression. 

  • 05/03/2012 | Latin America

    Venezuela to ship more fuel to Syria as crackdown spreads

    Venezuela is readying a third shipment of diesel to the government of Syria even as President Bashar al-Assad intensifies a crackdown against protesters, said a Venezuelan lawmaker on Monday.

  • 16/04/2011 | Sports

    Syria's Assad vows to lift emergency law by next week

    President Bashar al-Assad emergency law in place for almost 50 years in Syria would be lifted by next week but ignored popular demands to curb the security apparatus and dismantle its authoritarian system.

  • 11/10/2013 | Multimedia

    Nobel Peace Prize granted to chemical weapons watchdog

    The global chemical weapons watchdog charged with overseeing destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • 23/05/2014 | Multimedia

    Syrian opposition accuses goverment of chlorine gas attack

    Opposition activists have posted a video of what they say is chlorine gas floating through the streets of a Syrian village and they accuse President Bashar al-Assad of mounting a chemical weapons campaign. The authenticity of the footage could not be independently verified. The video did not show an impact site or indicate where it was filmed.

  • 21/05/2013 | World

    In the hills of Bashar al-Assad’s stronghold

    By Alia Malek

    Above the Syrian coastal town of Tartous, groups of Alawite men and boys were amassing at different landings along a road that winds higher and higher, away from the Mediterranean and into the hills. We saw them assembling as we travelled the same path, taking advantage of a day off to get out of the city.

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Iraqi Shiites fighting for Assad regime

    By Abigail Hauslohner- The Washington Post

    The Iraqi fighters in the video shoulder assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as they walk down a highway lined with cypress trees.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    US, UK pledge support for Syrian opposition

    US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron found common ground yesterday in the White House, pledging their countries’ support for the moderate opposition in Syria.

  • 15/05/2013 | World

    Syria death toll close to 120,000, report

    At least 94,000 people have been killed during Syria’s two-year conflict, but the death toll is likely to be as high as 120,000, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday. The group said that at least 41,000 of those confirmed killed were Alawites, the sect of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 19/05/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad insists he will not step down

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview that he won’t step down and that the US has no right to interfere in his country’s politics.

  • 28/04/2011 | In Depth - The Royal Wedding

    UK withdraws Syria's royal wedding invitation

    Britain has withdrawn the royal wedding invitation to Syria, with the support of Buckingham Palace, after a violent crackdown against pro-democracy supporters, a Foreign Office spokesman said.


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