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UN begins round of Syria peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday 13 April 2016 21:21

The latest round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria has started in Geneva.


Syrians vote for parliament as diplomacy struggles

Wednesday 13 April 2016 15:23

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad.


Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

Wednesday 30 March 2016 19:29

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said it would not be difficult to agree a new Syrian government including opposition figures.


Kremlin condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonising Russia

Thursday 17 March 2016 14:11

The Kremlin on Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting US presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it demonised Russia.


 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Russian peacekeepers to start withdrawing from Syria: Putin

Tuesday 15 March 2016 06:25

President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw.


Assad tells Putin his government will help with Syria ceasefire

Wednesday 24 February 2016 14:26

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that his government was ready to assist in implementing a ceasefire in Syria.


 A Syria Democratic Forces fighter walks under contrails made by US alliance air forces on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria.
Kerry issues warning as Syrian parties back halt to fighting

Wednesday 24 February 2016 07:00

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday.


Violence rages in Syria as Kerry, Lavrov reach deal on ceasefire

Monday 22 February 2016 05:19

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria.


Temporary truce is possible: Syrian opposition

Saturday 20 February 2016 20:28

Syria's opposition said it agreed to the "possibility" of a temporary truce provided there were guarantees that Damascus's allies would cease fire, lift sieges and allow aid deliveries countrywide.


Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce

Saturday 13 February 2016 08:00

The complex, multi-sided civil war in Syria, raging since 2011, has drawn in most regional and global powers, producing the world's worst humanitarian emergency.


People walk past damaged buildings in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus.
Syrian rebels demand US action ahead of peace talks

Wednesday 10 February 2016 16:28

Syrian rebels called on US President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in support of a military offensive by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad


Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

Saturday 6 February 2016 15:29

Russian and Syrian government forces gained ground north of Aleppo on Saturday, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge.


UN scrambles to sustain Syria talks; Russia vows to crush "terrorists"

Wednesday 3 February 2016 15:00

The United Nations strained to keep faltering Syrian peace talks alive on Wednesday as Damascus tried to press home gains against rebels.


Syria opposition considers UN offer after "positive" talks

Monday 1 February 2016 06:36

Syria's main opposition group is considering a proposal by UN special envoy Staff an de Mistura that could pave the way to the delegation pressing ahead with talks after holding their first meeting.


Iranian President says main problem in Syria is terrorism

Friday 29 January 2016 09:00

The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.


People inspect a site hit by what residents said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Turmanin, in Idlib Governorate near the Syrian-Turkish border on Monday.
UN seeks Syrian peace talks this week, opposition threatens boycott

Tuesday 26 January 2016 06:40

The United Nations (UN) said on Monday it would issue invitations for marathon Syrian peace talks to begin this week.


Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, China, in December.
Damascus says ready for talks, wants list of "terrorist groups"

Saturday 9 January 2016 14:36

Syria's government told a UN envoy on Saturday it was ready to take part in Geneva peace talks scheduled for 25 January.


Fighters and civilians evacuated from besieged Syrian area

Monday 28 December 2015 13:16

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the United Nations.


Top Syrian rebel leader Zahran Alloush was killed on Friday.
Evacuation of Syrian Islamic State fighters from Damascus delayed

Saturday 26 December 2015 14:11

A UN sponsored deal to evacuate more than 2 000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held parts of south Damascus has been delayed


German foreign minister says S Arabia key to fight against ISIS

Friday 25 December 2015 13:03

Saudi Arabia has a central role in fighting Islamic State as it can help eliminate the ultra-hardline militant group's ideological breeding ground.


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