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Syria submits more ‘detailed’ list of chemical weapons

1 hour 48 min ago
BEIRUT: Syria has submitted a “more specific” list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said. Damascus agreed to give up its chemical arsenal after Washington threatened military action following the death of hundreds of Syrians in a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of ...

Syria foreign fighters look to Western preachers

5 hours 11 min ago
Foreign fighters in Syria are looking to Western-based spiritual authorities acting as "cheerleaders" on social media, according to a British-based research body.

Power slams industrial-style slaughter in Syria

7 hours 6 min ago
WASHINGTON – America’s ambassador to the United Nations raised the specter of genocide in Syria, after officials this week sounded the alarm about spiraling violence in that country’s civil war.

Fresh Syria gas attack alleged

9 hours 30 min ago
Activists in Syria have published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces - the fourth, they say, this month.

Syria presidential candidates 'to register from Monday'

11 hours 33 min ago
Candidates for Syria's presidential election can begin registering on April 21, when the date for the vote will be announced, a government source told AFP on Thursday. "On Monday April 21, the Council of the People (parliament) will meet to open registration for presidential candidates and set a date for the election," the source said. Syria's government has insisted it will go ahead with ...

Exclusive: Syria submits more 'detailed' list of chemical weapons

12 hours 25 min ago
By Dominic Evans and Anthony Deutsch BEIRUT/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said. Damascus agreed to give up its chemical arsenal after Washington threatened military action following the death of ...

Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned kingdom

13 hours 14 min ago
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by ...

Syria may agree to prisoner swaps before Geneva peace talks

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:00
Foreign minister also says he has asked Russia to help with 'security arrangements' in largely rebel-held Aleppo Syria has signalled it is prepared to agree prisoner exchanges before the long-awaited Geneva II peace conference and the first face-to-face meeting between the government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Walid al-Moualem, Syria's foreign minister, also ...

Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:13
Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters.

Syria may agree to prisoner swaps before Geneva peace talks

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:15
Foreign minister also says he has asked Russia to help with 'security arrangements' in largely rebel-held Aleppo Syria has signalled it is prepared to agree prisoner exchanges before the long-awaited Geneva II peace conference and the first face-to-face meeting between the government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Walid al-Moualem, Syria's foreign minister, also ...

Celebration: National Day of Syria today

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:05
Syria celebrates its National Day today. A country in Southwest Asia, Syria is bordered to the north by Turkey, to the east by Iraq, to the south by Jordan and to the Southwest by Lebanon and Israel.

Syria most dangerous country for journalists

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:21
Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported a "rising number of targeted killings" of reporters in Syria as a recent threat to journalists operating in the war-torn country. "With unprecedented numbers ...

Syria's road to hell: A hair-raising journey between Damascus and Tartous

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:22
In every war there is a city, a town, a mountain, a river or a road that all sides see as crucial if they are going to win, or at least avoid defeat. In the Syrian civil war, it is the road linking Damascus to Homs, Syria's third city, 100 miles to the north, which then goes west for 64 miles until it reaches the port city of Tartous on the Mediterranean coast. The route is so important because ...

Syria foreign fighters look to Western preachers

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:10
Foreign fighters in Syria are looking to Western-based spiritual authorities acting as "cheerleaders" on social media, a British-based research body said Wednesday.

Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:13
BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international watchdog said Wednesday.

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01
Syria has reached a "critical moment" as the world awaits news of fresh peace talks, China's foreign minister told the warring nation's opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Beijing Wednesday. Wang Yi was speaking at the start of four days of talks with a delegation led by the head of the Syrian National Coalition, as Beijing attempts to portray a neutral stance in the three-year conflict.

Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:56
Syrian forces have driven most rebels from Maaloula, home to ancient churches and monasteries now smashed and defaced after months of battles. MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below.

Syria: Report shows how foreign fighters use social media

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:05
Report shows how foreign fighters in Syria are using social media

Syria misses another chemical weapons deadline

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:11
Officials blame civil war for delay and say they are still committed to destroying arsenal Syria claims it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014 despite missing another deadline on Wednesday. The delay is being blamed by Syrian officials on the ongoing war with anti-regime militants and comes despite an international agreement brokered last September to avert a ...

Saudi renews demand for 'stern' world action on Syria

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:56
Saudi Arabia Tuesday urged "stern" world action against Syria after the regime's decision to hold presidential elections and its alleged use of toxic gas against civilians. Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war increasingly seen as a proxy battle between it and regional rival Iran. Syria's plan to hold elections is "an ...