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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.


A UN resolution says talks between Syria's government and opposition should begin in early January
UN endorses Syria peace plan,but no agreement on al-Assad's fate

Saturday 19 December 2015 06:49

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously agreed on a resolution endorsing an international roadmap for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers.


Turkey preparing to hand over body of pilot to Russia - PM

Sunday 29 November 2015 15:28

The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.


France's Hollande wins cooperation not coalition against IS

Friday 27 November 2015 19:21

The leaders of Russia and France avoided each other's gaze as they made short, stiff statements in the Kremlin on Thursday before talks on countering Islamic State in Syria.


 Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his French counterpart Francois Hollande during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Hollande, Putin agree to work more closely to combat Islamic State

Friday 27 November 2015 06:44

France and Russia will exchange intelligence on Islamic State to improve the effectiveness of their aerial bombing campaigns in Syria, French President Francois Hollande said.


Iran leader hosts Putin

Monday 23 November 2015 21:31

Iran's supreme leader, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran, said on Monday US policies in the Middle East region were a threat to both countries.


The United States has been bombing Islamic State militants in Syria for more than a year.
US, Russia aircraft test safety protocols in skies over Syria

Tuesday 3 November 2015 23:24

A US fighter jet and a Russian fighter jet flew within 5 miles (8 km) of each other in the skies over Syria on Tuesday, in a planned test of new safety protocols.


Iran says to pull out of Syria talks if unconstructive

Monday 2 November 2015 16:04

Iran said on Monday it would pull out of Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the "negative role" of its main regional adversary Saudi Arabia, according to state Iranian media.


US sticks to demand Assad leave power at first peace talks to include

Friday 30 October 2015 06:20

Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Assad's main ally Iran for the first time.


Syria rebels dismiss Russia's ideas, want end to its bombing

Saturday 24 October 2015 18:45

Syrian rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army said Russia must stop bombing them before talking about helping them, and rejected Moscow's idea of elections


Syria's President Assad embarks on a surprise to Moscow meeting

Wednesday 21 October 2015 19:01

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad embarked on surprise to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.


Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader

Tuesday 20 October 2015 22:13

Russian air strikes in Syria's Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies.


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