Kerry meeting with Syrian opposition in London

John Boehner. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Syrian opposition leaders and Russia’s top diplomat a day after saying the US could soon step up aid to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad


Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 6:37pm

Assad warns of instability after fall of regime

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AFP

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.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:07pm

Syria sees deadliest month yet, 6,000 killed

A Free Syrian Army fighter guards the front line in the Sidi Meqdad suburb of Damascus. Photo: Reuters

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

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: AP

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

Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Bashar al-Assad

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

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib quit as the coalition head. Photo: AFP

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 prime minister Ghassan Hitto. Photo: AFP

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

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

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Xinhua

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

A rebel sniper trains his rifle on a Syrian army position through a hole blasted in the wall of a building in Aleppo. Photo: AP

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

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Photo: AP

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

A fire ranges following shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Amnesty said the UN should refer Syria war crimes to the International Criminal Court. Photo: Reuters

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

Syrian families at a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: AFP

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

Hagel aboard a helicopter on his Afghanistan trip. Photo: AFP

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

Army spokesman Colonel Randolph Cabangbang. Photo: AFP

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