Syria peace talks suspended until February 25, says UN

Syria peace talks suspended until February 25, says UN

The UN special envoy for Syria announced on Wednesday a "temporary pause" until February 25 of troubled talks in Switzerland aimed at ending the country`s brutal civil war.

Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria: Hezbollah

Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria: Hezbollah

 An Israeli air strike killed Samir Qantar, a Hezbollah militant leader, in Damascus on Saturday evening, the Lebanese group and Syrian state media said on Sunday.

Turkey downs Russian jet it says violated its territory

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on all parties to be prudent and to contribute to reducing tensions.

Syria civil war would not end unless Bashar al-Assad leaves power: Barack Obama

Syria civil war would not end unless Bashar al-Assad leaves power: Barack Obama

 US President Barack Obama on Thursday said Syria's civil war would not end unless Bashar al-Assad leaves power, discounting suggestions the Middle Eastern leader could take part in future elections.

Syrian artist Shamma brings civil war portraits to London

An exhibition of paintings by Syrian artist Sara Shamma has opened in London, showcasing pictures of people caught up in her country`s civil war.

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

UN seeks $8.4 bn to help victims of Syria war

The UN appealed Thursday for $8.4 billion to provide emergency aid and longer-term help to nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region hit by the drawn-out conflict.

UNICEF says needs $900 mn to help Syria children

UNICEF said Thursday it needs more than $900 million to help children affected by Syria`s civil war next year and appealed to donors for support.

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.