UN chief urges Russia and Turkey to stabilize Syria’s Idlib

Asia & Pacific 06/18/19, 13:26

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation in Syria's last rebel-held territory in the Idlib province area, where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive "without delay."The U.N. chief expressed deep concern Tuesday at the escalation in fighting, calling the situation "especially dangerous given ...

Syrian boy survives bombing that killed his mother, siblings

World 05/30/19, 12:31

A 13-year-old boy emerged with a bloodied arm and swollen red eyes from under the rubble to the cries of rescue workers. He didn't yet know that his mother and two siblings were dead — killed by bombs that opposition activists said were dropped by Syrian government warplanes on a ...

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 top commanders to "do what is necessary" to quell anti-Assad ...

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 Russia and Turkey that had been in place since September. ...

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 by Russia and Turkey, in place since September. Russia has ...

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 rebel-held enclave in a widening offensive.The violence of the past ...

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 market. Long lines outside gas stations slightly receded, as did ...

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 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is refusing to cede power ...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 06:55

Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas begin forming ...

Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings

World 04/12/19, 16:08

It's Arab Spring, season II, and he's one of the few holdovers. The last man standing among a crop of Arab autocrats, after a new wave of protests forced the removal of the Algerian and Sudanese leaders from the posts they held for decades. Syria's President Bashar Assad has survived an ...

Russia’s Putin hosts Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss Syria, ties

Europe 04/08/19, 06:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for talks expected to focus on the situation in Syria and their two nations' booming economic ties.Russia and Turkey have closely coordinated moves on Syria, where they created a security zone in the northern province of Ildib.Russia and ...

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 have announced they are skipping the meeting. Arab League spokesman Mahmoud ...

Arabs seek unity on Golan, but summit likely to expose rifts

Asia & Pacific 03/29/19, 01:26

Arab leaders meeting in Tunisia on Sunday hope to project unified opposition to the Trump administration's acceptance of Israeli control over the Golan Heights and Jerusalem, but as with past Arab League summits, the gathering is likely to expose their own bitter rivalries. Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia and the United ...

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 week for Sunday's summit.The summit will tackle many thorny issues, ...

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 Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State ...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

Asia & Pacific 03/12/19, 01:13

Violence in northwestern Syria has killed dozens over the past three weeks and displaced tens of thousands, raising concerns a truce reached six months ago between Turkey and Russia is in danger.The violence in Idlib comes as the world is focused on eastern Syria, where U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters are on ...

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 Toby Cadman said Thursday that legal experts at the Guernica ...

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

Asia & Pacific 02/26/19, 02:50

Iran's foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country's diplomats.Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments Tuesday come after his surprise resignation the night before.The state-run IRNA news agency said he told colleagues his resignation would aid in "restoring the ministry to its legal ...

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 Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on the ...

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