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US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

Syrian authorities "abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth" still possess and use chemical weapons, an American diplomat told the international chemical weapons watchdog on Thrusday.

Trump spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman: Agency

The official Saudi Press Agency is reporting that US President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with King Salman about the US missile strike on Syria.

Russian military says Syrian air defences to be 'strengthened'

Russia's military on Friday said a US strike on a regime air base in Syria was ineffective but announced Syrian air defences would be strengthened to shield the country`s key infrastructure.

Aleppo crisis: Evacuation halted as blasts heard at site where civilians are fleeing the Syrian city

Aleppo crisis: Evacuation halted as blasts heard at site where civilians are fleeing the Syrian city

Syria's government and rebels have accused each other of violating terms of an already shaky ceasefire.

Britain, US consider more sanctions against Bashar al-Assad, supporters over Syria war

Britain, US consider more sanctions against Bashar al-Assad, supporters over Syria war

Britain and the United States said on Sunday they were considering imposing additional sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his supporters for their actions in Syria`s war.

In internal document, US diplomats demand Syria action

Dozens of State Department employees have endorsed an internal document that advocates US military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks, officials have said.

World and regional powers set immediate, modest Syria goals

Outlining other results, US Secretary of State John Kerry said participants set a June 1 deadline for the resumption of humanitarian aid to areas cut off from the outside world.

Russia-US cooperation will lead to fundamental changes in Syria: Putin

Russia-US cooperation will lead to fundamental changes in Syria: Putin

According to the president, the situation in Syria "remains complicated," with the Russia-US-backed ceasefire still not fully implemented.

EU to give emergency aid to help Greece cope with migrants

The European Union will Wednesday announce plans for emergency aid to Greece which is struggling to cope with an influx of migrants with thousands stuck in misery at its border after Balkan states tightened their frontiers.

Donors face record request of USD 9 billion to aid Syrians

International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organisers of tomorrow's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to USD 9 billion for 2016.

John Kerry tries to ease concerns about warning US-Iran relations

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Gulf Arab officials today to ease their concerns about warming US-Iranian ties and seek consensus on which Syrian opposition groups should be represented at upcoming peace talks.

Syria's Assad must leave or be forced out: Saudi FM

 Syrian President Bashar Assad has two choices, "either to leave through negotiations" or be forcibly removed from power, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday, arguing that the Syrian people would not accept any other outcomes.

US 'will not relent' in Islamic State campaign: Barack Obama

US 'will not relent' in Islamic State campaign: Barack Obama

French President Francois Hollande is due to meet with Obama at the White House on Tuesday to discuss ways to bolster the international coalition fighting the Islamic State.

Syrian troops break siege imposed by Islamic State on base since 2013

Syrian troops break siege imposed by Islamic State on base since 2013

Syrian government forces today broke a siege imposed by the Islamic State group on a northern military air base since 2013, marking the first major achievement by President Bashar Assad's troops since Russia began its airstrikes in late September, state media said.

Russia warns against pressing demands for Assad's ouster

Russia's foreign minister says the next round of Syria talks expected to be held this weekend must not focus squarely on demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation.

Iran invited to next round of Syria talks: US officials

Iran has been invited to participate for the first time in international talks over Syria's future, US officials said Tuesday, a shift in strategy for the United States and its allies as they seek to halt the four-year civil war and eventually ease President Bashar Assad out of power.

CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz: Officials

CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, US officials say.

Russia expanding major Syrian airport: Syria group

Russian forces are expanding the tarmac of a major airport in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad and his minority sect, a prominent Syrian monitoring group said on Sunday.