Syrian government documents show reach of Assad’s agencies

Asia & Pacific 05/21/19, 06:03

A Washington-based Syrian watchdog says thousands of documents collected from abandoned Syrian government offices reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's security agencies, offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his secretive apparatus. The documents include handwritten notes from ...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

Asia & Pacific 05/19/19, 09:01

Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes.Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire negotiated by ...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

World 05/17/19, 13:57

A U.N. official and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold.The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated ...

Q&A: Syria’s Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

World 05/10/19, 00:51

After eight months of relative calm, Syria's northwestern province of Idlib is once again a theater for bloody military operations: heavy bombardment, airstrikes and waves of civilian displacement as Syrian government troops, backed by Russia, push their way into the ...

Syrian government has few options to battle fuel sanctions

World 05/03/19, 08:04

The Syrian government is scrambling to deal with its worst fuel crisis since the war began in 2011, aggravated by U.S. sanctions targeting oil shipments to Damascus.There was temporary relief when reserves or smuggled oil made their way to the ...

Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes

America 05/02/19, 14:23

The crisis in Venezuela has been thrust to the top of a list of long-simmering spats between the United States and Russia, with both sides entrenched in diametrically opposed positions from which they are unwilling to retreat. Russia's support for embattled ...

Arab leaders meet in Tunisia with eye on Trump’s Golan move

Africa 03/31/19, 04:39

Arab leaders are meeting in Tunisia's capital hoping to project unified opposition to President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The annual Arab League summit is taking place Sunday. The leaders of Algeria, Sudan and Morocco ...

Tunisia spruces up, hopes for boost from Arab League summit

Africa 03/28/19, 06:50

Tunisia is cleaning up its boulevards and securing its borders for an Arab League summit that this country hopes raises its regional profile and economic prospects.Government ministers from the 22 Arab League states are holding preparatory meetings in Tunis all ...

Update: Russia defense minister meets with Syria’s Assad

World 03/19/19, 12:50

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):7:45 p.m.Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad.This frame grab from video posted online Monday, March 18, 2019, by the ...

Lawyers seek ICC probe into Syria deportations to Jordan

Europe 03/07/19, 07:35

Human rights lawyers are urging the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into alleged mass deportations by Syrian authorities, in an attempt to hold President Bashar Assad's regime accountable for atrocities enacted during the country's bloody civil war.Lawyer ...

Syrian president visits Iran in rare trip abroad

World 02/25/19, 13:05

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Iran and met with officials there on a rare trip abroad in which he thanked the Islamic Republic for its support throughout Syria's conflict, official news agencies in Syria and Iran said.Assad met with Supreme ...

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