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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Damascus enjoys relative calm this Ramadan as missiles subside

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus For the first time since 2011, residents feel safe enough to celebrate Ramadan in the city's cafes A semblance of normal lifereturns to Damascus' ... and stay there," Orchi said of the month of daytime fasting that for many Muslims turns into a nighttime celebration. For the first time since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556764/damascus-enjoys-relative-calm-ramadan-missiles-subside
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... to a senior minister. He urged Western countries to recognise "new realities" by joining the battle against terrorism and ending their support for rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar ... spokesman, his arguments closely echo those of Assad, who will be inaugurated for a new term this week. European countries, including Britain, were changing their minds about Syria, Mekdad suggested. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    100,000 victims’ names read in global protest against UN inaction on Syria

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 08:49pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York 100,000 victims' names read in global protest Activists began reading the names of 100,000 people killed in Syria outside UN headquarters, in a modest launch of what they hope will be a global protest. A dozen Syrian-Americans opposed to President Bashar al-Assad started the event in New York's Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The names of 100,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524687/100000-victims-names-read-global-protest-against-un-inaction-syria
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:01am by AFP

    ... countries. Psaki could not give precise figures of how many Americans may be among them. But The New York Times said about 100 Americans were believed to have travelled to Syria, mainly to join ... as a terrorist group. The Times, citing law-enforcement officials, said he was aged in his 20s, of Middle Eastern descent and from Florida. He is believed to have spent two months in a training camp ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1522478/us-confirms-american-carried-out-syria-suicide-bombing
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologises to Syrian people as he steps down

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:46pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York UN mediator, who will step down on May 31, apologises to the Syrian people for failing to broker peace in bloody three-year civil war Demoralised brahimi bows out Syria ... as his predecessor- former UN secretary general Kofi Annan- did in 2012. Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, briefed the 15-member Security Council for the final time on Tuesday. "I go ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512152/un-mediator-lakhdar-brahimi-apologises-syrian-people-he-steps-down
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad certain of crushing win in Syria's controversial presidential vote

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:39pm by AFP

    ... for the president. He is the best," she said. After casting his vote in a Damascus hotel, nominal challenger Nuri said: "I think today's Syria is the new Syria, the victorious." ... of abortive negotiations. The exiled opposition has made Assad's departure from power a precondition for any negotiated settlement and his re-election for a new seven-year term is likely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524438/assad-certain-crushing-win-syrias-controversial-presidential-vote
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Human Rights Watch says evidence 'strongly suggests’ Syria regime used chlorine gas

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut New York-based rights group says there is evidence indicating Assad regime used chlorine gas on three towns under rebel control in April Evidence “strongly suggests” Syria’s government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in violation of the chemical weapons treaty it joined last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511235/human-rights-watch-says-evidence-strongly-suggests-syria-regime-used
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    France asks UN to refer Syrian war to International Criminal Court

    Posted May 13th 2014, 09:04pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York France asks UN to refer Syrian war crimes to court France circulated a draft resolution to UN Security Council members that seeks to refer the three-year-old civil war in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The 15-member council is due to meet today to discuss the draft submitted on Monday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511342/france-asks-un-refer-syrian-war-international-criminal-court
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    West fears discrepancies in Syria’s reporting of poison gas arsenal

    Posted May 09th 2014, 09:39pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Some Security Council members say weapons declaration is full of doubts, discrepancies West fears Assad cover-up on poison gas Western members of the UN Security Council have voiced concerns about ambiguities and discrepancies in Syria's original declaration of its poison gas arsenal that Damascus submitted last year to a global chemical arms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1508482/west-fears-discrepancies-syrias-reporting-poison-gas-arsenal
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian government still using chemical weapons, says French foreign minister

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:34pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Assad regime 'is still using chemical weapons' France's foreign minister has accused the Syrian government of attacking its people with chemical weapons at least 14 times since October, including as recently as a few weeks ago. Speaking to reporters in Washington on Tuesday, Laurent Fabius cited "credible witnesses" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512155/syrian-government-still-using-chemical-weapons-says-french-foreign

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