Egypt police kills two suspected jihadists in Cairo raid

 Egyptian police killed two alleged jihadists suspected of involvement in the recent bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo in a raid on an apartment in the capital, security officials said.

Assad, UN envoy agree to keep pressing for Syria peace

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura agreed Tuesday to continue talks to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict, Syria`s state news agency reported.

Hezbollah says will attack Nusra Front inside Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah`s leader said on Tuesday his Lebanon-based militant group will launch an attack inside Syria against al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the mountain region along the countries` border.

Assad supports Russian role in resolving Syrian crisis

The administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supports the Russian efforts on holding a second round of talks on the Syrian crisis in Moscow next month, media reports said Sunday.

France says Assad talks would be 'scandalous gift' to Islamic State militants

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday rejected any role for President Bashar al-Assad in Syrian peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State group.

Turkish troops enter Syria, evacuate guards from tomb

Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria early Sunday in an unprecedented incursion, evacuating Turkish soldiers guarding a historic tomb who had been stranded in territory controlled by Islamic State jihadists.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in Assad clan's hometown

A suicide bomber killed four people in a hospital on Sunday in an attack that took Syria's civil war to the ruling Assad clan's hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria: UN envoy

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

Syria rebels call for help against Assad as death toll rises

A Syrian opposition leader called on world leaders to take "immediate action" to end government attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, amid reports that some 150 people have been killed in government airstrikes in the past 10 days.

Hezbollah takes lead on south Syria frontline: Monitor

Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has taken the lead role on a key frontline in southern Syria near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Syria says US informed it of planned attack on Islamists hours before air strikes

Syria said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told the Damascus government in a letter delivered by Iraq that the United States and its allies were going to attack Islamic State in Syria, hours before the air strikes took place.

Tartus in Syria, a supplier of `martyrs` for Assad

Tartus has itself largely escaped the conflict in Syria, but posters of its sons killed fighting for the regime elsewhere in the country line the western city`s main road.

Syria`s Assad visits recaptured Christian town: State TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited the ancient Christian town of Maalula, which his troops recently recaptured from rebels, state television said.

Syrian troops kill 55 rebels

The Syrian troops Friday killed 55 armed rebels in separate operations across the country, the state media said.

Syria peace talks to focus on prisoners

Syria`s regime and opposition are expected to discuss prisoner releases at a second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva on Sunday.

Friends of Syria agree no future for Assad and family

Ahmad Jarba, leader of Syria`s opposition National Coalition, said that US-led "Friends of Syria" grouping had agreed Prez Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in country`s future.

Al Qaeda group fights back against Syria rebel assault

Al Qaeda-linked jihadists struck back against rival rebels in eastern and northern Syria on Friday after a week of internecine fighting among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in which 500 people have been killed, a monitoring group said.

Russia tells US it will continue backing Assad

Russian officials told visiting US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Friday that Moscow would continue backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s campaign against rebel forces despite peace talks due later this month.

Syria wins cautious praise as chemical disarmament starts

Syria won foreign praise on Monday for starting to destroy its chemical arsenal, although an opposition activist said the world was merely giving President Bashar al-Assad time to kill more people with conventional weapons.

Syrian rebel groups battle each other in north

Al Qaeda militants battled fighters linked to the Western-backed opposition along with Kurdish gunmen in Syrian towns along the Turkish border on Friday, in clashes that killed at least 19 people, activists said.