Briefs, January 24, 2013

A chimp at a research centre in Louisiana. Photo: NYT

Rebels on rampage at Syria's religious sites

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 4:37am

Syria suicide car bomb kills at least 30 people

President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AP

A suicide car bombing in central Syria killed at least 30 people on Monday, a watchdog said, also reporting a powerful blast in Damascus, as the Arab League said UN efforts to end the conflict had failed to bring even a “glimmer” of hope.

22 Jan 2013 - 12:36pm

Syria's Aleppo university latest target of deadly blasts

Bashar al-Assad

Two explosions struck the main university in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, causing a still unknown number of casualties.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Iranians freed in Syrian prisoner swap

Some of the prisoners released by the Syrian regime. Photo: AFP

The 48 Iranians held hostage by Syrian rebels for more than five months and freed in a prisoner exchange arrived back in Tehran yesterday to an official welcome.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Assad won’t stop Syria’s ‘terrible suffering’, says Ban

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AP

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad’s speech setting out his terms for peace would not help end “the terrible suffering” of the Syrian people.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:01am

Israel to fence off Golan Heights from Syria to prevent spillover of war

Israel is to build a steel fence between the Golan Heights and Syria amid fears that its neighbour's civil war could spill over or create an exodus of refugees.

The pledge from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came days after the Defence Ministry announced the near-completion of a 240-kilometre fence along the southern border with Egypt.

8 Jan 2013 - 7:29am

Assad plan ‘detached from reality’, US says

Demonstrators march in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Homs, Syria, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is “detached from reality” and he should step down, the US State Department said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Assad appeals for dialogue to end conflict in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad makes his first public speech in seven months, in this television screengrab. Photo: AFP

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in a rare speech on Sunday called for a national dialogue to end the 21-month conflict, but stressed he would not talk to those who have taken up arms against his regime.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Assad to make rare speech as US deploys missiles near Syria

President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. Photo: AP

Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad is to make a rare speech on Sunday as violence rages in a civil war the UN says has killed more than 60,000 people and as US missiles are deployed along the Turkish border.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nine dead in Damascus car bomb amid rebel push

Syrian policemen on Friday inspect the damaged at a fuel station after a car bomb attack at Barzeh area in Damascus. Photo: EPA

At least nine people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday amid reports of furious combat raging around a major airport and a military airbase in the north of the country.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:38am

Rebels besiege airports as Syria death toll tops 60,000

Free Syrian Army fighters are seen with weapons at the front line near a military air base loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Taftanaz. Photo: Reuters

Furious combat raged around strategic airports in northern Syria on Thursday, the day after the United Nations gave a staggering toll of 60,000 dead in the country’s 21-month civil war.

3 Jan 2013 - 9:46pm

Briefs, January 1, 2013

Iraqi protesters blocked a road to Syria and Jordan. Photo: AP

The body of the man who killed 26 people in the second-largest school shooting in US history has been claimed by his father. A spokesman for the family said yesterday Peter Lanza had claimed the remains of Adam Lanza, 20, who shot himself after the rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 in which he killed six adults and 20 children after slaying his mother.

1 Jan 2013 - 7:04am

Erdogan tells Syrian refugees victory is near

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Syrian refugees on Sunday that victory over the “tyrant” President Bashar al-Assad was at hand.

“I can see it clearly that the help of God is near,” Erdogan said in televised remarks at Turkey’s Akcakale refugee camp in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:58pm

Bashar al-Assad vows to serve out his term as Syria's president

Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a top United Nations envoy that he won't quit before his term ends in 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"It's impossible to change his position," Lavrov said at a joint press conference after talks in Moscow yesterday with UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, who met Assad in Damascus on December 24.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:09am

Briefs, December 24, 2012

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in an air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province yesterday, activists said, with some reporting up to 200 dead.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:07am