Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx

 Italy pleaded for more help Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent.

Italy pleads for aid to cope with migrant influx

 Italy pleaded for more help Thursday to rescue migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean, and demanded a "clear answer" from the European Union about where the refugees should be sent.

`Never again', Lebanon says on civil war 40th anniversary

Several Lebanese leaders on Monday warned that the lessons of the country`s civil war should not be forgotten, 40 years after the 15-year conflict began.

Yemen on edge of civil war: UN envoy

Events in Yemen are pushing the country "to the edge of a civil war," a UN special envoy warned on Sunday, calling for all parties to resolve the escalating conflict peacefully.

US evacuates staff as Yemen on edge of civil war

The United States said it had evacuated all its staff from Yemen, whose embattled president has appealed for "urgent intervention" by the UN Security Council as attacks by Iran-backed rebels bring his country nearer to civil war.

Nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas: Report

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country's civil war, more than three times the UN estimate, says a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach.

South Sudan rebels say civil war will go on

South Sudan`s devastating civil war is likely to drag on, the country`s rebels said Thursday, declaring international peace efforts a failure.

Turkey opens fire to stop Syrian migrant ship

The Turkish coastguard opened fire to stop a cargo vessel carrying 337 mainly Syrian migrants heading towards European Union waters and arrested the suspected traffickers, a top local official said Friday.

UN hopes for 'credible' Lanka reconciliation process

 Sri Lanka has a "historic opportunity" to set up a domestic reconciliation process that is "credible, accountable and on par with international norms and standards", the UN has said.

Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start

Warplanes from Libya`s internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport on Thursday just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.

Sri Lanka war crime report deferred by six month

 The UN Human Rights Council has delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, following request by the country's newly-elected government for more time to conclude its internal probe.

Nine dead in rebel fire on Syria's Aleppo: State media

Nine people, including three children, were killed on Monday in rebel fire on a government-held neighbourhood in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, Syria's state media said.

Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe

 Sri Lanka Wednesday urged the UN to delay a report into alleged war crimes during the island`s civil war to allow the new government to complete its own probe.

Sri Lanka says it will return private land in civil war area

Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.

Sri Lanka says military 'sabotaging' post-war reconciliation

Sri Lanka's new government on Thursday accused the military of trying to sow unrest to sabotage its efforts to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the war-ravaged north of the country.

Sri Lanka's new government plans fresh war crimes probe

 Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

35 Syrian soldiers killed in plane crash, says Monitor

At least 35 Syrian soldiers were killed overnight when an army cargo plane crashed in bad weather in the northwest of the country, a monitor said on Sunday.

Lebanon imposes visas on Syrians for first time

Lebanon is to impose visa restrictions on Syrians for the first time after being overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1.1 million refugees, according to documents published online.

Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo enter alliance: Monitoring group

Rebel groups fighting in Syria`s northern Aleppo province have agreed to form an alliance, a group monitoring the country`s civil war said on Thursday.

Satellite images show 290 heritage sites in Syria damaged by war : UN

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations` training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesday.