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.

Syria opposition fails to name team for Geneva II

The exiled Syrian opposition has failed to name its delegation to the planned Geneva II conference, a Syrian Foreign Ministry source was cited by local al-Watan newspaper as saying.

Syria jihadists torturing, killing detainees: Amnesty

Amnesty International accused an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria of abducting, torturing and killing detainees at secret prisons in areas under its control.

Syria talks in Geneva `vehicle for peaceful tansition`: Ban Ki-moon

For the first time in nearly three years of civil war that has been plaguing the country, Syrian government and the opposition will meet on the negotiating table on January 22 in Geneva, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

Syrian delegation to visit Moscow for Geneva II talks

A Syrian delegation will visit Moscow on November 18 for talks on preparations for the Geneva II peace conference on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

No military solution to Syrian conflict: US

Insisting that there is "no military solution" to the conflict in Syria, a top US administration official said that a political solution will not emerge spontaneously in the war-torn country.

Vladimir Putin holds first talks with Assad in two years: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his first telephone talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in two years.

Envoy pushes Syria peace talks as UN warns of child hunger

The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria has said no peace conference will be possible without the Syrian opposition, as the United Nations warned of rising malnutrition among children trapped in battle zones.

Syria envoy says no peace talks without opposition

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said that a proposed Geneva peace conference to end the war in Syria could not be held without the participation of the opposition.