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Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 2:47am

Syria rebels vow to punish atrocities amid video outrage

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AP

The Free Syrian Army pledged on Wednesday to punish atrocities amid outrage over a video showing the mutilation of a corpse, as the regime ruled out discussing President Bashar al-Assad’s departure in negotiations.

15 May 2013 - 5:23pm

Syria says ready for joint inquiry on Turkey attacks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

Syria is willing to carry out a joint investigation with Turkey into deadly attacks in the border town of Reyhanli that Ankara has accused Damascus of masterminding, a Syrian minister said on Tuesday.

15 May 2013 - 3:00pm

Turkey slams Syria after car bombs kill 40 in border town of Reyhanli

The bombs targeted Reyhanli's town hall and post office. Photo: EPA

Two explosive-laden cars blew up in a small Turkish town near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 100 others in one of the deadliest recent attacks in the volatile area.

12 May 2013 - 7:10am

Israel warns US about Russian arms sale to Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad. Photo: EPA

Israel warned the United States in recent days that Russia plans to sell advanced ground-to-air missile systems to Syria despite Western pressure on Moscow to hold off on such a move, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

9 May 2013 - 1:02pm

Assad’s forces capture strategic town in southern Syria

Free Syrian Army fighters in the al-Ziyabiya area of Damascus. The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town from rebel fighters on Wednesday after a ferocious two-month bombardment, in an advance likely to result in President Bashar al-Assad’s forces regaining control of an international transit route, opposition sources said.

8 May 2013 - 2:20pm

Obama does ‘not foresee’ US troops in Syria

President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama came close to ruling out deploying US troops to Syria, saying he did not foresee a scenario in which that would be beneficial to the United States or Syria.

4 May 2013 - 6:24pm

US says Syria likely used chemical weapons

Chuck Hagel briefs the media in Dubai on the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. Photo: AFP

The United States said on Thursday for the first time that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces, but emphasised spy agencies were still not 100 per cent sure of the assessment.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:28pm

No news on kidnapped Syria bishops

Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church, left, and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, right, who were kidnapped Monday, in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: AP

Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archdiocese said on Wednesday it had no news on two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria, a day after a Christian association said the two men had been released.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:38pm

Syria main talking point at Kerry’s first Nato meeting

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry attends his first Nato foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday, with Syria the main talking point as opposition fighters there come under intense pressure.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:50pm

Syrian rebels demand more support from Western backers

Soldiers of the Free Syrian Army on Friday. Photo: Reuters

At a weekend meeting intended to smooth differences between the rebels and their backers, the Syrian National Coalition criticised its Western and Middle Eastern backers for failing to stop attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces that it said were imperiling thousands. The group said the backers were capable of detecting planned attacks and halting them before they occurred.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Israeli PM doesn’t rule out helping Syrian rebels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: AFP

 Israel’s prime minister declined to rule out the possibility of providing arms to Syrian rebel groups, saying in a television interview broadcast on Thursday that the decision of whether to intervene in the neighbouring civil war is a “complicated question.”

19 Apr 2013 - 3:57pm

UN says Syria conflict a humanitarian catastrophe

Displaced Syrian youths line up for food at a refugee camp in Aleppo. The UN says the Syrian conflict is a humanitarian catastrophe. Photo: AFP

Syrian families have been burned in their homes, people bombed waiting for bread, children tortured, raped and murdered and cities reduced to rubble in Syria’s two-year-old war that has sparked a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations said on Thursday.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:29am

West has ‘hard evidence’ of Syria chemical weapons, says envoy

A Syrian man walks amid destruction in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: AFP

Western nations have “hard evidence” that chemical weapons have been used at least once in the Syrian war but a UN investigation is now unlikely to get into the country, diplomats said on Thursday.

12 Apr 2013 - 6:19pm

Syria air raids on civilians kill thousands, says report

Syrians paint Syria's former national flag, currently used by the rebels, on a wall in the northern city of Azaz. Photo: AFP

Air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a watchdog reported on Thursday, accusing the regime of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war crimes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am