More than 500 dead in Syria regime`s Aleppo offensive

More than 500 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since a major Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria`s Aleppo province began this month, a monitor said Wednesday.

Syrians recount `hell` of Aleppo life under air strikes

 Syrian farmer Mahmud Turki was sitting on his couch at sunset watching the news with his family after eating supper. Then an air strike hit his home and turned his life upside down.

Syrians flee to Turkish border in thousands as Aleppo assault intensifies

Syrians flee to Turkish border in thousands as Aleppo assault intensifies

The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have said could soon fall to government forces, helped to torpedo Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

As Syria rebels face rout, allies Saudi, Turkey may send troops: experts

With rebel forces facing the prospect of a crushing defeat by Syria`s Russian-backed regime, their allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send in limited numbers of ground troops, analysts say.

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

Russia yesterday had claimed Turkey was planning to invade Syria, saying it had spotted troops and military equipment on the border with the war-torn country.

NATO says Russian air strikes `undermining` Syria peace efforts

NATO says Russian air strikes `undermining` Syria peace efforts

Syrian peace talks in Geneva earlier this week broke up acrimoniously as long-time President Bashar al-Assad launched a fresh offensive against rebel forces in Aleppo.

World powers pledge $10 billion in aid for Syria

World powers pledge $10 billion in aid for Syria

World leaders pledged over $10 billion (9.0 billion euros) Thursday to help conflict-hit Syrians at a London conference.

Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? Russia believes so

Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? Russia believes so

Moscow said it had recorded plenty of such examples at the Syrian-Turkish border "including the presence of troops and military equipment".

Syria regime forces enter besieged villages after Aleppo advance

Syria regime forces enter besieged villages after Aleppo advance

Once Syria`s economic powerhouse, Aleppo city has been divided between government control in the west and rebel control in the east since shortly after fighting there began in mid-2012.

Syria peace talks suspended until Feb 25

De Mistura said he was asking for the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) of outside countries to convene "as soon as possible."

UN tries to get Syria peace talks back on track

The UN envoy for Syria was under pressure Wednesday to get peace negotiations back on track after intense Russian bombing in support of regime forces left talks in Switzerland hanging by a thread.

Syrian army threatens to encircle Aleppo as talks falter

A Syrian military offensive backed by heavy Russian air strikes threatened to cut critical rebel supply lines into the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday while the warring sides said peace talks had not started despite a U.N. statement they had.

UN says talks with Syria regime `rescheduled`

UN says talks with Syria regime `rescheduled`

Talks between the UN special envoy for Syria and government representatives tentatively planned for Monday 11:00 am (1000 GMT) in Geneva have been "rescheduled" to allow talks with the opposition first, the UN said.

Islamic State group claims bombings near Syria Shiite shrine; at least 50 killed, 100 injured

Islamic State group claims bombings near Syria Shiite shrine; at least 50 killed, 100 injured

State news agency SANA had earlier reported 30 people killed in the three blasts, which it said were caused by a car bomb and two suicide bombers.

Syria peace talks in peril before they even start

Syria peace talks in peril before they even start

The future of the biggest push to date to end Syria`s brutal civil war looked highly uncertain Sunday with the main opposition group threatening to walk away before planned peace talks even begin in earnest.

UN insists shaky Syria peace talks to go ahead

UN insists shaky Syria peace talks to go ahead

The UN insisted that high-stakes peace talks aimed at ending the brutal, five-year-old Syrian conflict would still begin in Switzerland later Friday despite uncertainty over whether key groups would even attend.

Iran coerces Afghans to fight in Syria: HRW

Iran`s Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans, some by coercion, to fight in Syria`s war alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Iran's Hassan Rouhani says main problem in Syria is terrorism

The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria`s main problem and not who is running it.

Suspected Russian raids kill 54 Syrian civilians: Monitor

Suspected Russian air strikes killed at least 54 civilians in rebel- and jihadist-held areas of Syria in the past 24 hours, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

French, British schools on alert after bomb threats

Around 20 schools in France and Britain were placed on bomb alert on Thursday following another round of telephone threats, the second in a week. Police were sent to secure five of the most prestigious schools in Paris after bomb threats were phoned in, and British police said they were probing threats at 14 schools in central England believed to be "false and malicious."