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Syria helpers' 'radicalisation' fear

2 hours 35 min ago
Anti-terror police are concerned the Syria conflict is "radicalising" humanitarian volunteers from Wales.

Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:02
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria declared on Wednesday that it was looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials said they want the team to keep working. The statement came after Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization ...

Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:24
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria declared on Wednesday that it is looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials say they want the team to keep working. The statement came after Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization ...

Syria Chlorine Attack Reports Raise Questions About Loopholes

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:14
While Syria has pledged to rid itself of chemical weapons by the end of this week, an alleged chlorine attack has raised questions about what chemical tricks Bashar Assad might still have up his sleeve.The U.S.

Syria's Foreign Fighters Use Social Media As Recruitment Tool

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:28
A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there.“We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent.

Syria's Foreign Fighters Use Social Media As Recruitment Tool

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:56
A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there.“We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent.

Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:52
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished. President Bashar al-Assad agreed with the United States and Russia to dispose of his chemical weapons - an arsenal that ...

Syria chemical disarmament gathers pace as new claims emerge

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:46
The chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday that Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its arsenal as new claims emerged of an attack on a rebel bastion this month using an industrial chemical. Under the terms of a US- and Russian-brokered deal which averted the threat of US military action last year, Syria faces a June 30 deadline to destroy its chemical stockpiles. The West blamed President ...

Syria chemical handover at 86.5 percent

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:46
Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapons, the global chemical watchdog said on Tuesday, amid new claims that Damascus may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month. The latest update comes five days before a self-imposed cut-off of April 27, by which Damascus aimed to have its stockpile removed from Syrian soil, ahead of a June 30 deadline to destroy ...

Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:11
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal.

Syria announces presidential poll

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:19
As more reports of bloodshed and chaos emerged from Syria on Monday, the government announced it will hold presidential elections on June 3.

Syria calls June 3 presidential election

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:26
Syria has announced it will hold a June 3 presidential election, expected to return Bashar al-Assad to office, as fresh claims emerged of his regime's use of chemical weapons. Syria's first presidential election -- after constitutional amendments scrapped a referendum system -- is to go ahead despite violence which has killed 150,000 people since March 2011.

Syria to hold presidential elections on June 3

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:42
DAMASCUS, Syria — Presidential elections will be held in Syria on June 3, the government announced Monday, even as a mortar barrage on the capital highlighted the relentless violence in the country.

Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:34
By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria announced on Monday a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favor. Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Assad's opponents have called plans for an election a "parody of democracy" and said it would ...

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:25
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes.

Syria opposition rejects presidential poll 'farce'

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:18
Syria's opposition condemned Monday's announcement of a June 3 presidential election expected to keep Bashar al-Assad in power despite tens of thousands of deaths in an anti-regime revolt since 2011. "The Assad regime's announcement today that a 'presidential election' would be held in June should be treated as a farce and be rejected by the international community," said the office of ...

Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:49
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3, setting the stage for President Bashar Assad to win a new, seven-year term in the midst of a civil war that has torn apart the country and makes it impossible for millions to vote. The opposition dismissed the election as a farce.

Syria announces presidential elections set for June 3

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:59
JC Finley DAMASCUS, Syria, April 21 (UPI) -- The Syrian government announced Monday that presidential elections will be held June 3.

Syria announces election in June

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:22
Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, a vote President Bashar al-Assad is likely to contest as his nation sinks deeper into a bloody civil war

Syria to hold June presidential poll

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:08
The speaker of Syria's parliament says a presidential election will be held on 3 June, despite a civil war that has left an estimated 150,000 dead.