Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60

The United Nations is aiming for six months of negotiations, first seeking a ceasefire, later working toward a political settlement to the civil war.

Only a third of Russia's air strikes in Syria targeting IS: US official
Only a third of Russia's air strikes in Syria targeting IS: US official

Of the 5,000 air strikes carried out by Russia, about 70 percent hit rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, rather than supporting the efforts of the U.S-led coalition: US official. 

Assad needs to leave for stability in Syria: Obama

Obama said the long-term US goal was to to stabilise lawless regions so that IS does not have any safe haven.

UK's Syria strikes 'illegal', will encourage terror: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said terrorism is like a cancer which needed to be tackled with a "comprehensive" strategy, involving working with troops on the ground.

Russia critical of US plan to give rebels air cover in Syria

Russia on Monday criticised US plans to provide together with Turkey air cover for Syrian rebels, saying any support for rivals of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hampered Damascus` fight against Islamic State. 

Syria exiled opposition to snub Moscow peace talks

Syria`s exiled opposition announced Saturday that it had declined an invitation from Russia to attend peace talks in Moscow with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad`s government.

Syria`s Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US plans to train vetted rebels to fight the Islamic State group were "illusory" as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview published Monday.

20 killed in Syria mortar attack

At least 20 people were killed and many wounded Thursday evening when a mortar shell struck a gathering of President Bashar al-Assad supporters in the Daraa province, a pro-government radio reported.

Iran`s Rouhani says `terrorists` must be expelled from Syria

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told visiting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sunday that part of a solution to the Syria crisis is to expel "terrorist groups" from that country, a report said.

Barack Obama strike threat is butt of Syrian jokes

A Syrian caricature shows US President Barack Obama smile and pluck the petals of a daisy, as he wonders, "Should I bomb? Or shouldn`t I bomb?"

`Syria warplanes bombard outskirts of Damascus`

Syrian warplanes launched a series of strikes on the outskirts of Damascus on Saturday as President Bashar al-Assad`s regime pressed a bid to drive back rebels, a monitoring group said.

Syrian cabinet to discuss implementation of Assad’s ‘peace proposal’

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s proposal to resolve the country`s crisis has evoked mixed reactions from within and outside Syria.

Defected Syrian Gen accuses Assad regime of murder

He becomes the latest in a string of leading military advisers to abandon the government and join the disparate rebels.

Internet, phone services restored after two-day black-out in Syria

According to rebels, the blackout is likely a sign that Assad`s forces are due to launch a concerted offensive in the capital.

Assad denies civil war in Syria; opponents face unity talks

The Syrian Opposition met here for crucial unity talks on whether to join other groups in a more unified Opposition, as per a BBC news report.

Syria: Suicide bomber kills 10 in Damascus

A suicide bomber blew himself up across the street from a mosque in the Syrian capital Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding nearly 30.

Syria demands guarantees; rebels say peace plan doomed

Syria said it wants written guarantees that insurgents will stop fighting before it implements a troop pullback agreed by President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian violence claims 27 lives in run-up to truce

UN Secy-Gen Ban Ki-moon sharply criticized the Syrian govt for the persistent attacks on civilians and demanded it keep its pledge to halt all military operations.

Syrian Prez won’t survive for long: Assad’s uncle

The level of violence on the streets was too high for my nephew to survive, Rifaat al-Assad told BBC.

Arab team prepares Syria mission

League officials arrive in Syria on Thursday to prepare for monitors overseeing an Arab peace plan.