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US says no deal on Syria, blames Russian backtracking

US says no deal on Syria, blames Russian backtracking

"Russians walked back on some of the areas we thought we were agreed on, so we are going back to capitals to consult," a senior State Department official said. 

Insurgents seize Syrian Alawite village, killing 19: Observatory

The Observatory said the attackers included Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. 

John Kerry to meet Saudi FM in London amid Iran tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet his Saudi counterpart Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in London today amid concerns over the dramatic breakdown in relations between his country and Iran.

U.N. Security Council discusses starving, besieged areas of Syria

The U.N. Security Council on Monday discussed the besieged towns of Syria after reports emerged that tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped for months without supplies and are starving to death.

Iraq PM says Islamic State militants smuggles majority of oil via Turkey

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday that most oil smuggled by the Islamic State group goes through Turkey, joining a chorus of countries linking it with the jihadists' financing.

Syria's Assad should leave 'as soon as possible': Hollande

French President Francois Hollande wants Syrian President Assad to step down.

Chemical attacks 'becoming routine' in Syria: US envoy

The fact-finding mission, which took and tested samples and interviewed witnesses, also said that chlorine likely was used as a weapon between March and May in Idlib, leaving six people dead.

Syria conflict: America and Russia's hand-in-glove war business

More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war.

Fresh rebel shelling kills 13 in Syria

At least 13 people were killed and many more wounded by a fresh rebel shelling on government-controlled areas in the northern city of Aleppo, media reported.

Russia hosts Syria talks but key opposition absent

Talks on ending the Syrian civil war open in Moscow on Monday, but with key opposition figures absent, little progress is expected on resolving the shifting conflict.

13 suspected jihadis arrested in police operation in Austria

Austrian authorities arrested 13 suspected jihadis in police operations as part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected militants Friday.


Singaporean of Indian-origin fighting in Syrian civil war

An Indian-origin Singaporean along with several of the country`s nationals, is part of some 12,000 foreigners fighting in the Syrian civil war, the government said today.

Iraq hits militants as Brahimi blames neglect of Syria

Iraq on Sunday said it had "regained the initiative" against militants who seized vast swathes of territory, as former UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi blamed the crisis on global neglect of Syria`s civil war.

Explosion kills 43 at Syrian border with Turkey - monitoring group

At least 43 people were killed when a car bomb went off at a Syrian border post on the frontier with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Iraqi Parliament hopeful fought in Syrian civil war

An Iraqi Shiite who proudly fought Sunni rebels in Syria`s civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions.

Iraq attacks kill 26 as election looms

Attacks including five suicide bombings hit various areas of Iraq on Monday, killing at least 26 people as parliamentary elections loom next week, the first since American troops departed.

West, Middle East powers warn against Syria election

Eleven Western and Middle Eastern powers on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against holding elections, saying that the vote would have no credibility amid the country`s brutal civil war.

Ban Ki-moon wants Russia, Iran to push Syria over peace talks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said Russia and Iran should pressure their ally in Damascus to re-start peace talks aimed at ending the three-year Syrian civil war.

US created `negative climate` during Geneva peace talks: Syria

A day after the second round of peace talks in Geneva concluded with the government and opposition failing to reach a consensus, Syria`s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has accused US of creating a “negative climate” during the discussion.

More than 130,000 dead since start of Syria conflict: NGO

More than 130,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria nearly three years ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.