US envoy calls on Syria rebels to respect truce

The US envoy for Syria has urged rebel groups to respect a shaky nationwide truce after they gave its brokers 48 hours to stop a regime offensive near the capital.

Multiple blasts hit two Syrian coastal cities, over 100 killed so far

Multiple blasts hit two Syrian coastal cities, over 100 killed so far

At least 101 people were killed today in a spate of bombings in two Damascus regime bastions on the Mediterranean coast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Barack Obama to send 250 more special forces, troops to Syria

President Barack Obama on Monday said the US would send up to 250 more special forces and other military personnel to Syria to help rebels fight Islamic State group jihadists.

US Treasury chief warns on excessive use of sanctions

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned today that the excessive use of economic sanctions could weaken the role of the United States and the dollar on global markets.

Syria transitional govt must include regime, opposition: Assad

Syria transitional govt must include regime, opposition: Assad

President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that any transitional government in Syria should include both the regime and opposition, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged greater efforts to tackle the country`s refugee crisis.

Assad hails Iran, Russia role in war on terror

Iran and Russia have been the crucial allies of the Syrian government throughout the long-running conflict in Syria.

Berlin says withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria to increase pressure on Assad

The announcement of withdrawal of Moscow's forces from Syria will increase the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to negotiate a "political transition", Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said.

Syria regime says Assad ouster 'red line' ahead of peace talks

Syria regime says Assad ouster 'red line' ahead of peace talks

The Syrian government today said the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad remains a "red line" just two days ahead of renewed talks aimed at ending the conflict

 UN calls for Syria elections in 18 months

UN calls for Syria elections in 18 months

The UN envoy for Syria called Friday for elections in the war-ravaged country in 18 months, as the opposition announced it will attend fresh peace talks next week

Blast hits police base in Afghan capital, 10 killed, 20 injured

Blast hits police base in Afghan capital, 10 killed, 20 injured

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least ten person and wounding 20, a police spokesman said.

Nearly 1,400 civilians killed in Russia's Syria air strikes: Monitor

Nearly 1,400 civilians killed in Russia's Syria air strikes: Monitor

Russian air strikes on Syria have killed nearly 1,400 civilians since Moscow started its aerial campaign nearly four months ago, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton embraces Obama policies, avoids mentioning Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton embraces Obama policies, avoids mentioning Donald Trump

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton embraced the policies of the Obama administration from healthcare to economy and foreign policy in particular Iran during her party's first presidential debate this year.

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 13 in Jalalabad, injures 15

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 13 in Jalalabad, injures 15

At least thirteen people were killed and 15 others were injured in a suicide bomb at a provincial council member's guest house in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, local media reported.

Three months of Russia raids on Syria kill more than 2,300

Three months of Russia raids on Syria kill more than 2,300

Three months of Russian air strikes in Syria have killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians, a monitoring group said today.

Assad needs to leave for stability in Syria: Obama

Obama said the long-term US goal was to to stabilise lawless regions so that IS does not have any safe haven.

UK's Syria strikes 'illegal', will encourage terror: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said terrorism is like a cancer which needed to be tackled with a "comprehensive" strategy, involving working with troops on the ground.

Peace in Syria when West ends support for `terrorists', says Assad

Asked what it would take to bring an end to Syria`s devastating four-year civil war, Assad said: "When those countries that I mentioned -- France, UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some other -- stop supporting those terrorists."

Syria's Assad accuses France of 'supporting terrorism'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused France of "supporting terrorism" and said he saw Prague as a possible venue for signing any future peace deal to end his country's four-year civil war, in comments that have broadcast on TV.

Thanks to Russian strikes, Syrian army advancing on ‘nearly all fronts’: Assad

Thanks to Russian strikes, Syrian army advancing on ‘nearly all fronts’: Assad

The embattled president also said he favoured new peace talks to be hosted in Moscow, but stressed that the Syrian conflict could not be resolved with "defeating terrorism".

EU demands 'immediate' halt to Russia strikes on Syrian rebels

The EU demanded on Monday the "immediate" halt of Russian air strikes against moderate Syrian rebel groups, adding that a lasting peace was impossible under Moscow-backed President Bashar al-Assad.