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  • Sep 22, 2014
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Syria conflict

Iran's President Rowhani urges the West to end cold war mentality

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has urged world leaders to "seize the opportunity" presented by his election to engage Iran in constructive dialogue and said his country is ready to facilitate talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.

Saturday, 21 September, 2013, 4:36am 2 comments

Assad’s forces bombard rebel districts after US-Russia arms deal

Syrian warplanes and artillery bombarded rebel suburbs of the capital on Sunday after the United States agreed to call off military action in a deal with Russia to remove President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.

15 Sep 2013 - 9:22pm

Syria rebels voice disdain for Obama after climbdown on strike

Rebel fighters have expressed disdain for US President Barack Obama after he backed away from striking over alleged chemical weapons attacks, saying the world does not care about Syria.

15 Sep 2013 - 7:47pm

Deal for destruction of Syria chemical weapons difficult to implement, experts say

The US-Russian deal brokered on Saturday to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons will be difficult if not impossible to implement, experts said, not least because of the quandary of their destruction.

15 Sep 2013 - 2:37pm

United States and Russia agree plan for Syria to give up chemical weapons

In a landmark deal thrashed out in talks spanning three days, the two powers gave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a week to hand over details of his regime's stockpile.

15 Sep 2013 - 2:14am 3 comments

French minister to visit Beijing over Syria

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius will visit China to discuss Syria on Sunday, his ministry said, amid ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in the war-torn country.

On his way back to Paris, Fabius will hold talks on Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Philippe Lalliot, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:01am

Assad demands conditions for handing in weapons

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday the prospects for resuming the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of US-Russian talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal that lurched into a second day.

16 Sep 2013 - 6:13pm 1 comment

Wily Putin makes himself indispensable over Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been many things to US President Barack Obama: a partner, an irritant, host of the elusive Edward Snowden and "the bored kid in the back of the classroom" who offered so little on the administration's foreign policy goals that Obama cancelled plans to hold a summit meeting in Moscow last week.

13 Sep 2013 - 3:09am

Syria applies to join UN poison gas ban as Kerry, Lavrov meet

Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed a Russian plan under which Damascus would give up its arsenal of poison gas.

13 Sep 2013 - 3:05am 1 comment

Russia, US work on deal to disarm Syria of chemical weapons

US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Geneva on Thursday to hear Russia’s plans to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons and avert US-led military strikes, an initiative that has transformed diplomacy in the two-and-a-half year old civil war.

13 Sep 2013 - 2:38am 1 comment