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Suicide bomber kills 42 near Syria town taken from Islamic State

Suicide bomber kills 42 near Syria town taken from Islamic State

A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels just outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab Friday, killing 42 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from the Islamic State group.

UN-backed Syria talks restart with rebels on the back foot

UN-brokered Syria peace talks restart in Geneva after a 10-month hiatus that has seen the opposition weakened and political upheaval in the foreign powers shaping the conflict.

Syrian opposition says ready for Geneva peace talks but Assad must go

Syrian opposition says ready for Geneva peace talks but Assad must go

The Syrian opposition is fully committed to peace talks in Geneva on February 23, a senior official said on Sunday, adding the talks would need to pave the way for a political transition. 

Syrian opposition wants Geneva talks on political transition

The Syrian opposition wants face-to-face negotiations with the government about a political transition at peace talks that are due to begin in Geneva next week, a leading Syrian opposition politician said on Wednesday.

13,000 opponents of Syrian President 'secretly' hanged in military prison: Report

At least 13,000 opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in a government jail, where mass executions of up to 50 people at a time occur every week, the Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

The Islamic State group is "completely besieged" in its last major stronghold in Syria`s Aleppo province.

Syria Oppn rejects United Nation envoy picking talks delegation

Syria opposition officials Wednesday criticised UN envoy Staffan de Mistura after he said he could pick the opposition delegation representatives to UN-led talks in Geneva if they failed to do so.

Will Trump era provide respite to destroyed countries?

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The procession of breast-beating "liberals" doesn`t seem to end, not since Donald Trump eclipsed their most shining star -- Hillary Clinton.

True, Hillary would be graceful at the Inaugural Ball.

Astana talks: Peace in Syria elusive unless political solution found

The initiative for the talks came from Russia, Turkey, and Iran, with Russia in the driver`s seat.

Britain signals possible shift on Syria policy

Britain`s foreign minister hinted at a shift in policy on Syria on Thursday, saying President Bashar al-Assad could be allowed to run for re-election and mentioning a possible "arrangement" with regime ally Russia.

First Hindu Congresswoman says she met Assad on Syria trip

The first Hindu elected to the Congress, Hawaiian Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, has said that she met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a secret, "fact-finding" trip to Syria and Lebanon.

Chechens serving as Russian military police in Aleppo: Kadyrov

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday confirmed that troops from the mainly Muslim Caucasus region were serving as Russian military police in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Syria rebels, regime enter first day of talks in Astana

US President Donald Trump`s administration was invited to participate in the talks but did not send a delegation.

Syria's Bashar al-Assad hopes for "reconciliation" deals from Astana talks

Syria's Bashar al-Assad hopes for "reconciliation" deals from Astana talks

Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s most powerful ally, has pushed the Astana talks with help from Iran and Turkey.

Russia says teams up with Turkey for first time to bomb Syrian militants

Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab in northern Syria, evidence of increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Ankara.

Iran `hostile` to US involvement in Syria talks

Iran and Russia have been the key diplomatic and military backers of Syria in the war.

Iran signs phone, petrol deals with Syria

Iran will build a mobile phone network and petrol terminal in Syria under deals signed in Tehran today during a visit by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, Iranian media reported.

Syrian rebel groups say will attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel groups will attend talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at bringing an end to the country's nearly six-year war, rebel officials said today. "All the rebel groups are going. Everyone has agreed," said Mohammad Alloush, a leading figure in the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group.

Bashar al-Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

Bashar al-Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

A Syrian government official said accusations that government forces had used chemical weapons had "no basis in truth". 

Thousands return to ruins of freezing Aleppo: UN official

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction "beyond imagination", a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city.