Syria war toll over 180,000: NGO

More than 180,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict broke out in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a new toll published Thursday.

European Union sanctions more Syrian entities

European Union (EU) Tuesday expanded sanctions against Syria over the government`s "violent repression" of its civilian population.

Syria`s Assad to be sworn in, set out plans for new term

President Bashar al-Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reported, after his victory in an election that affirmed his grip on power more than three years into Syria`s civil war.

UN urges end to Syria`s `convoluted` aid restrictions

The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Friday urged Syria`s government to end needless restrictions on access to areas where besieged Syrians are in desperate need of aid after three years of civil war.

NGOs pledge $400 mn for Syrians affected by war

Kuwait`s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142 million, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest.

Two days of fighting kill 10 in Lebanon`s Tripoli

Tensions between the neighbouring areas date back to Lebanon`s 1975-1990 civil war but have been exacerbated by the conflict across the border in Syria.

Death toll up to 26 in Syrian strike: Activists

The death toll from a government helicopter strike on a rebel-held town near the northern city of Aleppo has risen to 26 people including four children, said Syrian activists.

Syrian PM, visiting ally Iran, says government winning civil war

Prime Minister Wael Halki said on Saturday Syrian government forces were winning the war with rebels and would not rest while a single enemy fighter remained at large.

Syria faces serious medicine shortage due to conflicts

The Syrian market is facing considerable shortage of some drugs as most pharmaceutical laboratories in northern Syria are out of service, Xinhua reported Sunday.

Polio outbreak in northeast Syria risks spreading, WHO says

A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Assad re-election would extend Syria war: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that any attempt by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to be re-elected would extend the country`s civil war.

Chemical mission boss in Syria as pressure for talks mounts

The head of an international mission to destroy Damascus`s chemical arsenal arrived today in Syria, where the regime pressed on with deadly strikes despite a flurry of diplomatic efforts to organise peace talks.

Vatican warns over Syria `world conflict`

A top Vatican official today warned the war in Syria could escalate into a global conflict, a day after Pope Francis made an impassioned call for peace.

Most Syrians killed in unlawful conventional attacks: UN

A vast majority of people in strife-torn Syria was killed in unlawful attacks using conventional weapons such as guns and mortars, with children being the major casualties, according to a UN report.

War never again, says Pope on Syria

Pope Francis has urged an end to all wars and condemned the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria.

UN chief says Syria war death toll over 100,000

Syrian conflict which has seen more than two years of violence and bloodshed has also displaced millions ensuing a refugee crisis.

US faces `10-year issue` in Syria, says top military general

The United States faces `a 10-year issue` in Syria, top US military officer has said.

Hezbollah played `terribly negative` role in Syria: French FM

Countries supporting Syria`s rebels demanded that Iran and Lebanon`s Shiite movement Hezbollah stop meddling in the country`s civil war.

G8 summit: Obama, Putin at odds on Syria but seek end to civil war

Despite having serious differences in their views on Syria at G8 summit, US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed to a common “peaceful” end to the civil war and push ahead the two day summit in Ireland.

Lebanon drawn into bloody Syria war as rockets pound Beirut

The backlash was evident when two rockets hit Hezbollah-governed districts - Mar Mikhael and Chiyah.