UN aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help

The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council on Friday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees.

Assad says no Iran troops in Syria, denies fresh chemical attacks

 Bashar al-Assad said he had invited Hezbollah militants to fight alongside his regime but he denied the presence of Iranian troops in Syria in an interview with French television broadcast Monday.

Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran

Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors.

Syrian army says seizes villages in Deraa, cuts rebel supply line

The Syrian army said on Monday it had captured several villages in the southern province of Deraa, cutting a supply route used by insurgents to smuggle weapons and fighters from Jordan to Damascus`s Eastern Ghouta region.

France and Syrian intelligence services in `contact`: Assad

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad said Monday that his regime`s intelligence services have had contact with French agents despite a break in diplomatic ties.

UK police make fourth arrest in killing of imam

A fourth person has been arrested in the UK for allegedly killing a Syria-born imam, who was known as a prominent critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad says Turkey torpedoed UN Aleppo truce plan

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused neighbouring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo, in comments published on Friday.

Syria-born imam killing takes terror turn in UK; 2 arrested

Two persons, including a woman, have been arrested in the UK for allegedly killing a Syria-born imam, who was known as a prominent critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, escalating the probe into a terrorism inquiry.

Boney M brother quizzed over murder of Assad critic in London

The brother of a singer from disco band Boney M has been quizzed by police over the London murder of an imam critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Britain`s press reported Thursday.

More than 220,000 dead in Syria conflict: Monitor

The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday.

Second man arrested after murder of Assad critic in London

A second man was arrested in connection with the murder in London of an imam who was a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, police said.

Southern Syria rebels set collision course with al Qaeda

Western-backed fighters in southwestern Syria, the one part of the country where they are still strong, have spoken out against al Qaeda, a move could lead to fighting among of President Bashar al-Assad.

35 dead as Syria forces repel IS attack on airport: Monitor

Pro-government forces repelled an attack on a key Syrian military airport by Islamic State group affiliated militants, losing 20 fighters but killing almost as many jihadists, a monitor said Saturday.

35 dead as Syria forces repel attack on airport: Report

Pro-government forces repelled an attack on a key Syrian airport during a fierce battle in which they lost 20 fighters but killed almost as many militants, a monitor said Saturday.

Syria talks in Moscow yield no results

Talks in Moscow between the Syrian government and members of the domestic opposition tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad broke up on Friday with no progress made towards ending the war.

Turkey arrests 17 over `Syria arms interception`

A Turkish court on Friday placed under arrest pending trial 17 soldiers charged in a hugely controversial case over the interception last year of a consignment that allegedly contained arms bound for Syria.

IS holding 50 civilans after raid on Syria village: Report

Jihadist fighters from the Islamic State group are holding hostage at least 50 civilians seized in a raid on a village in central Syria, a monitor said.

Syrian-born former imam found shot dead in London: Reports

A Syrian man living in Britain described as a prominent activist opposed to President Bashar al-Assad was found shot dead in his car in north-west London, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Police were called by paramedics after a man was found with what were thought to be bullet wounds to the chest, the broadcaster said.

Islamic State takes 90 percent of Damascus refugee camp: Monitor

 Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Islamic State fights rival rebels in Damascus refugee camp

Islamic State fighters battled rival insurgents for control of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts on Friday, a monitoring group said, attempting to secure a foothold close to President Bashar al-Assad`s seat of power.