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Syria

Assad warns of instability after fall of regime

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the fall of his regime would destabilise the region “for many years”, as US President Barack Obama announced talks with Middle East allies over the crisis.

Saturday, 6 April, 2013, 4:07pm

Syria sees deadliest month yet, 6,000 killed

March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading anti-regime activist group said on Monday, blaming the increase on heavier shelling and more violent clashes.

3 Apr 2013 - 2:52am

Syria, elections cloud next Iran nuclear talks, experts say

Experts on Monday downplayed hopes of any breakthrough in upcoming nuclear talks with Iran, cautioning that progress is unlikely before Iranian elections or while the Syrian conflict rages.

2 Apr 2013 - 9:46am

UN Security Council concerned Syria war spilling over into Golan

The UN Security Council voiced concern on Wednesday about repeated violations of the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the danger to UN peacekeepers there due to the escalating Syrian civil war.

28 Mar 2013 - 9:54am

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib resigns as Syrian opposition chief

The resignation threw Syria's divided opposition into chaos just two days before Arab heads of state were due to decide whether to give it Damascus's vacant seat in the Arab League.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Syria rebels to address Arab summit

Syrian opposition leaders are to address an annual summit of the Arab League for the first time in Qatar on Tuesday, but the bloc’s members remain divided over whether to give them Damascus’s vacant seat.

23 Mar 2013 - 7:08pm

Talking points

President Xi Jinping visits Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin. In advance of his trip, Xi called Russia "our friendly neighbour", adding that his visit underscored the "great importance" China placed on relations.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

West calls for UN inquiry into Syria chemical attack reports

Britain, France and the United States called on Wednesday for a United Nations inquiry into accusations by the Syrian government and the opposition of chemical weapons attacks.

But Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s last major ally, insisted at a UN Security Council meeting that only the government’s allegations should be investigated.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US may use drones on extremists to stop Syria becoming terror haven

The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the US and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former US officials say.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:22am

US favourable on EU nations upping Syria rebel aid

The United States may look favourably on plans from France and Britain to give more aid to Syrian rebel forces, the State Department said on Thursday, without explicitly backing armed support.

15 Mar 2013 - 9:52am

UN must refer Syria war crimes to ICC, says Amnesty

The UN Security Council must refer war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s two-year conflict to the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:12pm

Briefs, March 11, 2013

Kenya's press called for reconciliation between the winners and losers in the country's presidential election, as calm prevailed a day after the results were declared, in striking contrast to the aftermath of the 2007 polls.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:10am

Briefs, March 10, 2013

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was arrested in London for breaching his bail terms, days before the British government begins an appeal against a court decision blocking his deportation to Jordan. 

10 Mar 2013 - 7:31am

UN group seized on Syrian Golan set to be freed

A group of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized by Syrian rebels on the Golan are expected to be freed on Saturday during a two-hour truce between the insurgents and government forces, a watchdog said.

9 Mar 2013 - 8:48pm

Syria jets pound city captured by rebels

Syrian fighter jets on Thursday pounded Raqa, a day after rebels took full control of the northern city, a watchdog said, raising concern for the fate of loyalists who surrendered.

7 Mar 2013 - 5:51pm