Syria troops converge as rebels ready for Aleppo showdown

Elite government forces backed by Hezbollah converged Tuesday on the north Syrian city of Aleppo as rebels bolstered their own fighters in readiness for a major showdown, a monitor said.

Syria troops retake Christian town of Maalula

Syrian regime troops retook the ancient Christian town of Maalula on Monday, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the conflict was turning in his government`s favour.

Syrian troops kill 45 rebels in Homs: Activists

At least 45 rebel fighters were killed Thursday in Syria`s central province of Homs, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedly said.

Syria troops, militia kill 15 in Sunni village: NGO

Syrian troops backed by pro-regime militia killed at least 15 people in a Sunni village in the central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian troops, opposition clash heavily in Damascus

Activists say opposition fighters are clashing with Syrian government forces in the capital Damascus for a second day.

Despite truce, Syria troops attack Homs: Activists

Activists say Syrian government forces are pounding a rebel stronghold with mortar fire, violating week-old cease-fire.

Russia urges Assad to start troop pullout

Sergey Lavrov`s statement appeared to reflect Moscow`s increasing impatience with Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.

Assad calls election, govt troops killed in ambush

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
on Tuesday announced a May 7 parliamentary election, even as
violence raged.