Assad `confident` of Russian support for Syria regime

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed "strong confidence" Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah`s Al-Manar television network. 

'More than 240,000 killed in Syria conflict'

More than 240,000 people, including 12,000 children, have been killed in Syria`s conflict which broke out in March 2011, a monitoring group said Thursday.


Rebels, Qaeda launch assault on Syria`s Daraa

 Rebels including Al-Qaeda`s Syrian affiliate on Thursday launched a fresh offensive on the major southern city of Daraa, saying their aim was to "purify" the area.

Syrian conflict forces children to provide for families: Unicef

In four years of the civil war in Syria, many children have become the backbone of many families who fled the conflict and are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, the Unicef said on Thursday.

UN panel says will share names of Syria war crimes suspects

UN investigators for human rights violations in Syria today offered to share "some information" from secret lists of alleged war criminals with prosecutors to aid investigations and help bring perpetrators to justice.

Nine killed in Syria blast

At least nine people were killed Monday when a car bomb blast hit a gas factory in Syria`s central province of Homs, a monitoring group said.

Iran says ready to help Iraq fight IS jihadists

Iran said on Monday that it was at Iraq`s disposal to help its neighbour battle the Islamic State jihadist group, media reported.

Jordan jails four over links with IS group

A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership of the Islamic State group and for promoting the jihadist organisation on the Internet.

Assad says ready to study UN plan to `freeze` Aleppo fighting

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office said.

Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, say report

Local ceasefires in Syria could prove the "best hope" for alleviating civilian suffering and provide a basis for a larger resolution to the country`s conflict, a new report said Monday.

Bomb attack kills 2 troops on Syria border: Lebanon army

A bomb attack on a Lebanese military patrol killed two soldiers and wounded three others Friday near the border with war-torn Syria, the army said.

Rebels advance in Syria's southern province

Armed militant groups, including Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, advanced in Syria's southern province of Qunaitera, as the Syrian troops stripped the rebels of key towns in the central province of Hama, activists said Saturday.

OPCW claims evidence of toxic chemical use in Syria
OPCW claims evidence of toxic chemical use in Syria

The fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claimed Wednesday that it has found compelling evidence that a toxic chemical was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in villages in northern Syria earlier this year.

Lebanon army battles gunmen near Syria border

Lebanese troops clashed with gunmen Thursday in a mainly Sunni Muslim area near the Syrian border where there was deadly fighting with rebels from over the frontier three weeks ago.

Death toll in Syria`s war tops 160,000: Activists

An activist group says the number of people who have died in the Syrian conflict so far has exceeded 160,000.

Jordan king to hold Syria talks in Russia on Wednesday

Jordan`s King Abdullah II is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian conflict, after visits to the Vatican and Austria, the palace said.

UN chief `convinced` Syria peace talks are best way forward

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is convinced that Geneva peace talks are the best way to resolve the Syrian conflict and urges all sides to return to the table, his spokesman said.

Pope urges Geneva peace talks to end Syrian conflict

Pope Francis urged participants at peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday to urgently agree to end the civil war in Syria that has killed over 100,000 people.

Syria peace talks `no earlier than December`: Russian report

Planned peace talks in Geneva to find a solution to solve the conflict in Syria will not take place before December, a media report said on Tuesday.

Oslo hunts for two teen girls bound for Syria to `help` rebels

Oslo has launched a global hunt for two Norwegian teenage girls of Somali origin who have allegedly travelled to Syria to support the rebels in the war-torn country, police said on Monday.