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France seeks ICC involvement on Syria war crimes

17 April 2014, 08:10

France will table a proposal before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity in Syria, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said.

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Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

15 April 2014, 15:51

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

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UN to see grim images of Syria dead

15 April 2014, 14:07

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

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Syria election won't be delayed – minister

08 April 2014, 17:11

The Syrian government says it has no intention of delaying an election that is likely to give President Bashar Assad a third term, regardless of war or politics.

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Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria govt over

07 April 2014, 11:17

Syria's government is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah says.

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Syria rebels lick their wounds in Lebanon

31 March 2014, 17:14

A young Syrian rebel commander has revealed the story of "insane" army shelling of his native Qalamun region as he tells of his perilous evacuation across the border into Lebanon.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

24 March 2014, 07:42

A cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been killed in battles with Islamist rebels near the border with Turkey, activists and state media say.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Australian killed in Syria was ex-soldier - govt

19 March 2014, 20:44

An Australian man killed in the Syrian conflict was a former soldier who went absent without leave several years ago, a senior official says.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Syria foreign minister hospitalised in Beirut

14 March 2014, 19:29

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, who led the regime's negotiating team at the failed peace talks this year, has been admitted to hospital in neighbouring Lebanon, a medical source says.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Don't forget Syria conflict - UN refugee chief

12 March 2014, 19:43

The head of the United Nation's refugee agency says it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but he is more concerned about attention diverted away from Syria.

Friday, 07 March 2014

Syria war may last 10 more years - experts

07 March 2014, 16:03

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as jihadist groups flood the battlefield and Iran and Russia provide support for the Bashar Assad government, experts say.

Thursday, 06 March 2014

March critical to eliminate Syria chemical arms

06 March 2014, 08:24

The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons says the government has accelerated its efforts after several missed deadlines and that March will be critical.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Syria govt launches air strike on rebel region

04 March 2014, 14:45

Syrian helicopters have dropped explosives-packed barrels near rebel-held Yabrud, a monitoring group says.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Qaeda splinter group retreats from Syria town

28 February 2014, 21:05

Fighters from an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), has withdrawn from a rebel-held Syrian town near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group says.

Ban cites Syria at Rwanda genocide memorial

28 February 2014, 21:28

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has drawn a parallel between Syria’s civil war and the Rwandan genocide, describing both conflicts as gross failures of the international community to stop deadly wrongdoing.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Army kills 'dozens' of rebels near Damascus

26 February 2014, 15:42

Dozens of rebel fighters have been killed in an army ambush at the entrance to an opposition stronghold east of the Syrian capital, state television and a monitoring group says.

Friday, 21 February 2014

US policy on Syria aids terrorism: Moscow

21 February 2014, 11:42

Moscow has accused Washington of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition ahead of a UN Security Council vote that threatens to further deepen big power divisions.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Kerry pushes for Mideast peace outline

20 February 2014, 09:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris for talks aimed at reaching agreement on a framework for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Syria rebel commanders reject leader shakeup

20 February 2014, 12:34

The former leader of the Syrian opposition's military wing has rejected his dismissal, and along with senior insurgent commanders has severed ties with the political opposition-in-exile.

Alawite military leader shot dead in Lebanon

20 February 2014, 19:03

Two people have been killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli including a military commander from Alawite minority shot dead on his way to work, security sources say.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Activist, lawyer's daughter arrested in Syria

19 February 2014, 08:25

A prominent human rights activist and the daughter of a well-known lawyer have both been arrested near the Syrian capital Damascus, human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni says.

Syria seizes village after rebel atrocities

19 February 2014, 12:35

Government troops have regained full control of a village in central Syria after ousting rebels accused of killing dozens of people there, state media says.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Govt retakes Alawite village in central Syria

18 February 2014, 19:00

Syrian government forces have seized a village inhabited by a minority Alawite community from Islamist fighters in a central province, state media says.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Army seizes 200kg car bomb in Lebanon

17 February 2014, 10:41

The Lebanese army has intercepted a car packed with explosives near the border with Syria, four days after two car bombs were defused elsewhere in the country.

New FSA chief steps in amid fading influence

17 February 2014, 16:01

The coalition of Syrian opposition groups in exile has announced the appointment of a new army chief, following a year of seeing their influence fade in Syria.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Syrians die at record rate as leaders talk peace

13 February 2014, 07:23

While the Syrian government and rebels have been at peace talks, Syrians have been killed at the fastest rate since the country slid into conflict, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Russia opposed to current Syria aid resolution VP

12 February 2014, 16:54

Russia says it would veto a UN resolution on aid access in Syria in its current form, denouncing the draft as an effort to lay a foundation for strikes against President Assad's government.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Iraq to randomly inspect Syria-bound planes

11 February 2014, 07:22

Iraq will step up random inspections of cargo planes from Iran that fly over its territory to Syria.

New Syria resolution 'absolutely unacceptable'

11 February 2014, 18:09

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says a draft of a new UN humanitarian resolution on Syria is unacceptable because it is "absolutely one-sided".

Monday, 10 February 2014

Syria's warring sides brace for fresh talks

10 February 2014, 10:30

Syria’s warring sides are heading into a new round of UN-brokered peace talks, 10 days after a debut session managed little beyond a pledge on evacuating civilians from the besieged city of Homs.

Friday, 07 February 2014

Syria, UN in Homs aid deal amid Aleppo fighting

07 February 2014, 11:38

Aid operations are due to start in besieged areas of Homs Friday, a US official says, as Syria and the UN agree to hold a "humanitarian pause" on fighting in the devastated city.

Thursday, 06 February 2014

Russia opposes humanitarian resolution on Syria

06 February 2014, 13:25

Russia’s United Nations ambassador says Moscow is against a UN Security Council resolution that would push for greater humanitarian access to Syria to deliver desperately needed aid.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

US denies Kerry said Syria policy failing

04 February 2014, 09:12

The US administration stood by its policy on Syria, denying that Secretary of State John Kerry had called for a change of strategy and the arming of opposition rebels.

Russia: Syria to remove chemical arms this month

04 February 2014, 17:33

Syria plans to send a large shipment of toxic agents out of the country this month and can complete the removal process by 1 March, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov says.

Russia: Syria to remove chemical arms this month

04 February 2014, 22:28

Syria plans to send a large shipment of toxic agents out of the country this month and can complete the removal process by 1 March, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov says.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Syrian government troops kill 16 in Aleppo

31 January 2014, 14:34

Syrian government shelling kills 16 in rebel-held area of Aleppo.

Syria foes set to end talks, little progress

31 January 2014, 21:02

Syria's warring sides are expected to wrap up their first peace talks without concrete progress on ending violence, a political transition or ensuring humanitarian aid.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Less than 5% of chemicals shipped out of Syria

30 January 2014, 09:34

Less than 5% of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources have said.

Al Qaeda warns US of impending attack

30 January 2014, 15:20

Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front, wants to attack the US and is training a growing cadre of fighters from the Mideast and even the US, says intelligence chief James Clapper.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

20 000 in Syria's Yarmuk camp face starvation

29 January 2014, 16:02

Besieged since June, nearly 20 000 people in Damascus' Yarmuk Palestinian camp are so desperate for food that many eat stray animals to survive.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Syria talks in deadlock over Assad

28 January 2014, 19:30

Syrian peace talks are due to resume in Geneva with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar Assad's government.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Deal on women, children in besieged Syrian city

27 January 2014, 07:37

The UN mediator brokering peace talks on Syria's civil war has said the two sides have reached a deal to allow women and children to leave a city under government siege.

Talks intensify amid push for Assad ousting

27 January 2014, 09:51

A Syrian peace conference in Geneva is expected to intensify as talks turn to political questions and the opposition presses for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

Friday, 24 January 2014

UN bids to bring Syria warring sides together

24 January 2014, 11:04

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has met Syria's warring sides behind closed doors to lay the groundwork for direct talks after the first day of a peace conference ended in bitter exchanges.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Syrian enemies may discuss prisoner swaps

23 January 2014, 08:41

Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility, but a mediator said the warring sides may be ready to discuss prisoner swaps.

US: Iran's Geneva II absence won't harm nuclear talks

23 January 2014, 10:30

The US says that Iran's absence from Syria peace talks will have no impact on the nuclear deal being brokered between Tehran and world powers.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Syria warring sides gather as Geneva II begins

22 January 2014, 13:36

Nearly three years after the start of their fierce civil war, Syria's opposing sides will gather with world powers in Switzerland for the most serious effort yet to end the war.

Assad will not be part of transition govt: Kerry

22 January 2014, 20:52

Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be part of any new transitional government, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the start of a peace conference.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

UN withdraws Iran invitation to Syria talks

21 January 2014, 11:41

The UN secretary general has withdrawn his invitation to Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, saying he is "deeply disappointed" by Iran's statements.

Syria opposition split after Iran exclusion

21 January 2014, 14:11

Syria's main opposition group has confirmed it would take part in peace talks this week after the UN withdrew an invitation for Iran - the main ally to Damascus.

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