Putin says Assad agrees to early parliamentary polls
Putin says Assad agrees to early parliamentary polls

 Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was willing to hold early parliamentary elections and share power with the "healthy" opposition.

Father buries drowned Syrian boy as Europe wrangles over refugees
Father buries drowned Syrian boy as Europe wrangles over refugees

The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in an image that shocked the world returned to his hometown Kobane on Friday to bury his family, an AFP photographer reported.

Europe migrant crisis was to be `expected`: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Europe`s migrant crisis a predictable result of its policies in the Middle East and said he had personally warned of the consequences.

White House `monitoring` reports Russian military is in Syria

The White House on Thursday said it was closely monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria, warning such actions, if confirmed, would be "destabilizing and counter-productive." 

Watch it if you can: Sobbing Syrian father doesn't let go of his dead daughter
Watch it if you can: Sobbing Syrian father doesn't let go of his dead daughter

Ever since the picture of drowned Syrian kid Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkey beach went viral, the world at large, suddenly seemed concerned about the war-stricken people of Syria.

Turkey votes to extend military action mandate in Syria, Iraq

Turkey's parliament has voted to extend for another year a mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as the country battles its biggest ever security crisis.

New refugee proposals after photos of drowned Syrian boy

European leaders, shocked by the horrifying image of a drowned Syrian child, rushed out new proposals to address the escalating migrant crisis despite deep divisions in the 28-member bloc.

Death of Aylan Kurdi: Distraught father of drowned boy pours his heart out
Death of Aylan Kurdi: Distraught father of drowned boy pours his heart out

As the entire world wept over the haunting photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian kid whose body was washed ashore, his heartbroken father fought tears to recount how his boat capsized after the driver jumped into water and escaped.

My children slipped through my hands: Father of drowned Syrian boy
My children slipped through my hands: Father of drowned Syrian boy

 The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach, an image that shocked the world, said Thursday his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat was taking in water en route to Greece.

New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

Saudi Arabia`s King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh`s efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure.

Iran submits peace plan to Syria`s Assad: Official

Iran submitted last month a peace plan to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to try and end his country`s four-year war, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday.

ISIS fighters flaunt American M16 rifles

 In a new Islamic State video, jihadist fighters are shown flaunting the American M16 rifles that may have been seized by them from Iraqi soldiers or found in weapons caches dropped by the US.

UN Syria investigators denounce `failure` to protect refugees

UN investigators on Thursday denounced the international community`s failure to protect refugees fleeing Syria, saying the neglect of those forced to flee the conflict had fuelled Europe`s migrant crisis. 

IS militants worse than Nazis: Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was slammed by Jewish groups today after saying that Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria were worse than Nazis as they "boast about their evil".

Islamic State militants worse than Nazis: Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was slammed by Jewish groups Thursday after saying that Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria were worse than Nazis as they "boast about their evil".

13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN
13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN

 More than 13 million children are being denied an education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms.

Over 100,000 asylum seekers enter Germany in August

 A record 104,460 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, a Bavarian official said on Wednesday, part of an unprecedented wave of refugees and migrants straining the resources of German towns and villages.

Russia holds up start of UN Syria chemical weapons probe

Russia said Wednesday it was considering details of how to establish a UN team to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, holding up final Security Council approval to launch the probe.

World Cup-winning footballers call for help for Germany`s refugees
World Cup-winning footballers call for help for Germany`s refugees

Germany`s World Cup-winning footballers have condemned xenophobic attacks on the thousands of foreigners pouring into their country and led calls to help the refugees amidst the ongoing crisis here.

Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia

 Ten people were killed and dozens wounded on Wednesday in a rare car bombing in the Syrian city of Latakia, the coastal bastion of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said.