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Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts

Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defence worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago. 

John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov agree Syria truce holding, extend it by 48 hours

The United States and Russia agreed that the Syrian cessation of hostilities that began on Monday had largely held and should be extended for another 48 hours despite the sporadic violence, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

Syria truce holds but aid deliveries delayed

Besieged Syrian civilians waited desperately for aid on Wednesday as relief convoys remained on hold despite a significant drop in violence under a ceasefire brokered by Washington and Moscow.

Syria ceasefire takes effect with Assad emboldened, opposition wary

The ceasefire in Syria is the boldest expression yet of hope by the administration of US President Barack Obama that it can work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war. 

Hours before truce, Bashar al-Assad vows to retake all of Syria

Hours before truce, Bashar al-Assad vows to retake all of Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Daraya.

Syria`s Assad at Eid prayers in town surrendered by rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Monday at prayers for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in the town of Daraya, recently surrendered by rebels.

Syria regime retakes key Aleppo district from rebels: Monitor

Pro-regime forces overran a strategically important district on the southern outskirts of Syria`s Aleppo Thursday, a monitor said, rolling back nearly every gain from a major month-long rebel offensive there.

Last US cluster-bomb maker to cease production

The last US maker of cluster bombs will cease producing the controversial weapons, which are banned by most governments because of their capacity to kill or maim civilians.

Syria rebel gains as UN raps govt evacuation `strategy`

Rebels and jihadists battled pro-government forces in the central Syrian province of Hama Thursday as the country`s UN envoy warned that more people could be forcibly evacuated from towns besieged by the regime.

Russia using cluster bombs in Syria, campaigners say

Evidence is growing that Russian forces are using cluster bombs in Syria, campaigners said on Thursday, as they released a report showing more than 400 people were killed or maimed by the munitions in the world last year.

Will Syria gas attacks probe nail the Assad regime?

A yearlong investigation to determine who is behind deadly chemical attacks in Syria takes center stage at the United Nations this week when the panel presents its much-awaited findings.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Russian traffic police

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a traffic police post outside Moscow on Wednesday in which both attackers were killed, calling it revenge for Russia`s aerial bombing campaign in Syria.

Chinese admiral visits Syria in show of support for Bashar al-Assad

During the early months of the 5-year-old civil war, China joined Russia in blocking motions at the United Nations calling for Assad to work for a resolution of the conflict.

Russia uses Iran to strike Syria militants again, rejects US censure

Russia uses Iran to strike Syria militants again, rejects US censure

Russia used an Iranian air base to launch air strikes in Syria for a second day running on Wednesday, rejecting U.S. suggestions its co-operation with Tehran might violate a U.N. resolution.

Hezbollah sees no immediate end to Syria war, partition in Iraq and Syria a possible outcome

Lebanon’s Hezbollah said the partition of Iraq and Syria was a possible outcome of sectarian fighting across the region and there was no prospect of any end to the war in Syria until after November`s US Presidential Election.

Rescuers say toxic gas dropped on Syrian town where Russian helicopter shot down

A Syrian rescue service operating in the rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier.

Jihadists launch offensive to ease Aleppo siege

 Jihadist forces allied to rebels attacked regime forces south and southwest of Aleppo Sunday in a bid to ease the siege of Syria`s second city, rebels and a monitor said.

Assad offers amnesty to Syria rebels who surrender

The reprieve also includes any rebel who frees a hostage, according to the decree text.

Syria, Russia cluster munition use `relentless`: HRW

Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.

US sanctions target Assad regime's arms, finance networks

The US Treasury announced fresh sanctions on Wednesday targeting the arms and financial networks of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.