UN slams Syria`s announcement of presidential elections

The United Nations sharply criticized Syria`s decision today to hold a presidential election June 3 in the midst of war, saying it would torpedo a political resolution of the conflict.

Russia`s Putin says Syria violence could hit ex-Soviet bloc

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities.

Assad continues to butcher his own people: White House

Calling for an end to violence in Syria, the White House has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to butcher his own people and therefore he is needed to go.

Chuck Hagel meets Israeli Defence Minister, discusses Syria, Iran

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel met his Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya`alon, at the Pentagon and discussed the current situation in Syria and the elections in Iran.

Bashar al-Assad accuses Britain of `bullying’ Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the British government of bullying and naivety in its approach to end the two-year-old crisis in his nation.

UN chief urges international action on Syria

According to UN estimates, over 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011.

UN chief concerned over militarisation of Syrian conflict

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at the "increased militarisation of the conflict and the potential for sectarian atrocities" in Syria, Xinhua reported.

UN pulling staff from Syria, violence near capital

The UN said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions.

Assad forces stepping up ‘brutalities’ against Syrians: US

There has been no change in the policy of the Obama Administration to provide non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition.

No US intervention in Syria: State Department

The US does not plan to use military force in Syria, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

`Further militarisation of Syrian crisis can be catastrophic`

India asked all parties in the troubled nation to resolve issues without any further bloodshed.

Syrian situation is worsening: UN envoy Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday that the situation in Syria was "extremely bad" and getting worse.

Russia proposes deadline to stop Syria violence

Russia is proposing setting a concrete date for a new ceasefire between government troops and opposition forces in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN has said.

Iranian pilgrims abducted in Damascus amid intense clashes

The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said that a bus transporting Iranian pilgrims have been hijacked by armed groups on the Damascus airport road.

‘No child safe from bloody conflict in Syria’

The report said the Syrian conflict was ‘disturbingly unique’ in its deliberate targeting of children.

Belgium urges citizens to leave Syria

Belgium government has reportedly issued a warning to its nationals to avoid trips to Syria and for those there to leave the country immediately.

Syria in a state of civil war now: Red Cross

The 17-month long conflict in Syria has finally taken the form of a full-fledged civil war, the Red Cross said.

UN monitors in Syria ‘repeatedly targeted’

Major General Robert Mood said that 300 unarmed monitors were targeted at least ten times last week.

Top UN truce monitor in Syria, lull in violence

Activists say, the UN mission has already helped ease the violence in the city of Homs, hotbed of a 13-month uprising.

Syria violence rages, France tells UN to hurry

In defiance of truce, shelling was relentless in Douma, giving boost to nations as France that wants broad UN sanctions.