Pope prays to 'convert hearts' of Islamic State jihadists

Pope Francis today asked God to "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction" following a series of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria.

Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities

Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the cities

No drop in Russian military strength in Syria: US

Russia`s military strength in Syria has barely changed since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial withdrawal from the war-torn country in March, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

John Kerry heads to Saudi ahead of Syria, Libya talks

Kerry's spokesman John Kirby said the secretary of state and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni would jointly host the Libya crisis meeting.

Syria Qaeda kills 19 civilians from Assad's Alawite sect

Syria Qaeda kills 19 civilians from Assad's Alawite sect

Al Qaeda fighters and their allies shot dead 19 civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority in their own homes after seizing their village in central Syria.

Strikes on Syria displaced camp 'likely a war crime': UN

Air strikes on a camp for displaced people in Syria's Idlib province were almost certainly not accidental and likely amounted to a war crime, the UN rights chief said on Friday.

UN chief appeals for re-launch of Syria ceasefire

UN chief appeals for re-launch of Syria ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Russia and the United States to put Syria's ceasefire back on track and stressed that new truce arrangements in place for two areas must be extended to Aleppo.

US, UN condemn Syria hospital bombing in war-ravaged Aleppo

The United States and the United Nations Thursday condemned an air strike on a hospital in Syria`s Aleppo, with Washington demanding that Russia restrain its Syrian ally.

20 killed in Syria regime strike on Aleppo

20 killed in Syria regime strike on Aleppo

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the raids were carried out by "regime airplanes".

Syria truce tested as Aleppo bombardment kills 25

Syria truce tested as Aleppo bombardment kills 25

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned" by the fighting and urged both sides to stick to the two-month-old truce and troubled peace talks in Geneva.

NATO chief says Russia maintains `considerable military presence` in Syria

NATO chief says Russia maintains `considerable military presence` in Syria

A month ago Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the West by ordering the "main part" of his forces to pull out.

Syria opposition says postponement of talks is indefinite

The postponement of Syria peace talks by the opposition is indefinite, with any resumption dependent on "correcting the path of the negotiations" and events on the ground, a senior opposition official said on Tuesday.

Syria opposition threatens to quit talks as Aleppo fighting flares

The Syrian opposition delegation threatened to quit the Geneva peace talks, due to resume Monday, as a renewed flare-up in violence in Aleppo killed another 22 civilians.

Assad party wins expected majority in Syria parliamentary vote

Syria's ruling Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections last week across government-held parts of the country, the national electoral commission has announced.

Iran unveils S-300 missile system parts at army parade

Iran used its annual Army Day parade Sunday to showcase parts of a long-awaited air defence system ordered from Russia, a move likely to irk critics of the arms deal.

Syria opposition rejects UN proposal for Assad to stay: Source

Assad's ouster has been the key demand of Syria's opposition since the uprising broke out in 2011, but Damascus says his departure is not on the table.

Syria opposition says willing to govern with regime `diplomats, technocrats`

Syria`s main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) told AFP Friday it was willing to join a transitional government with diplomats and technocrats from President Bashar al-Assad`s government.

Escalating Syria violence threatens ceasefire

Escalating Syria violence threatens ceasefire

Fighting escalated around Syria`s second city Aleppo on Thursday, as a Russian-backed government offensive strained a landmark ceasefire and threatened a new round of peace talks in Geneva.

Obama sees momentum in fight against Islamic State

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq had put the militant group on the defensive, shrinking its territory and striking key leaders.
 

Syrians vote for Parliament as diplomacy struggles

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is holding the poll in defiance of opponents seeking to oust him.