The United Nations sharply criticized Syria`s decision today to hold a presidential election June 3 in the midst of war, saying it would torpedo a political resolution of the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities.
Calling for an end to violence in Syria, the White House has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to butcher his own people and therefore he is needed to go.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel met his Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya`alon, at the Pentagon and discussed the current situation in Syria and the elections in Iran.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the British government of bullying and naivety in its approach to end the two-year-old crisis in his nation.
According to UN estimates, over 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at the "increased militarisation of the conflict and the potential for sectarian atrocities" in Syria, Xinhua reported.
The UN said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions.
There has been no change in the policy of the Obama Administration to provide non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition.
The US does not plan to use military force in Syria, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
India asked all parties in the troubled nation to resolve issues without any further bloodshed.
Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday that the situation in Syria was "extremely bad" and getting worse.
Russia is proposing setting a concrete date for a new ceasefire between government troops and opposition forces in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN has said.
The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said that a bus transporting Iranian pilgrims have been hijacked by armed groups on the Damascus airport road.
The report said the Syrian conflict was ‘disturbingly unique’ in its deliberate targeting of children.
Belgium government has reportedly issued a warning to its nationals to avoid trips to Syria and for those there to leave the country immediately.
The 17-month long conflict in Syria has finally taken the form of a full-fledged civil war, the Red Cross said.
Major General Robert Mood said that 300 unarmed monitors were targeted at least ten times last week.
Activists say, the UN mission has already helped ease the violence in the city of Homs, hotbed of a 13-month uprising.
In defiance of truce, shelling was relentless in Douma, giving boost to nations as France that wants broad UN sanctions.
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