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Bomb kills seven at Syria-Jordan border camp: monitor

Birut - A car bomb blast killed at least seven civilians at a camp for displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Birut - Talks aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year war are set to open on Monday in the Kazakh capital, brokered by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey.

Years of failed efforts to end Syrian conflict

Birut - Since the start of Syria's war in 2011, several diplomatic initiatives have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria's ancient Palmyra: five things to know

Birut - Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980.

Turkey says not 'realistic' to exclude Assad from Syria deal

Birut - A senior Turkish official said Friday it was no longer "realistic" to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks.

More than 40 jihadists killed in north Syria air strikes: monitor

Birut - More than 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Key rebel group to stay away from Syria peace talks

Birut - Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war.

Syria rebels, regime split on aim of Astana talks

Birut - Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan on Monday for negotiations on ending Syria's brutal war, but will arrive with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks.

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Birut - Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.

Deadly clashes grip flashpoint area near Syria capital

Birut - Heavy fighting gripped a flashpoint region near Syria's capital on Sunday, leaving nine civilians dead and threatening a nationwide truce designed to pave the way towards peace talks.

Deadly IS assault on east Syria city leaves 30 dead

Birut - The Islamic State group on Saturday launched one of its fiercest assaults yet on the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, leaving more than 30 regime fighters and jihadists dead.

Turkey says US will be invited to fresh Syria talks

Birut - Washington will be invited to fresh Syria peace talks being organised by Moscow and Ankara this month, Turkey's foreign minister said, but Russia declined to confirm the invitation on Friday.

Syria regime strikes kill six civilians: monitor

Birut - Syrian government air strikes killed at least six civilians, including four children, in Aleppo province on Thursday, despite a fragile two-week-old truce, a monitor said.

Syria governor says deal to restore Damascus water

Birut - Syria's government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held area near Damascus and restore the capital's water supply, the provincial governor said Wednesday.

Massive tanker bomb kills 43 in Syria border town

Birut - A massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market by a courthouse in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday, killing 43 people and wounding dozens near the Turkish border.

Repair teams poised to begin work restoring Damascus water

Birut - Repair teams were poised to enter a restive region near Damascus on Saturday to begin work on restoring the Syrian capital's water supply, state media said.

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

Birut - Russia's military said Friday it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, as the regime intensified its bombardment of a rebel-held district home to the capital's main water source.

Syria aircraft strike rebels near water source

Birut - Syrian government aircraft bombed a rebel-held district that is the capital's main water source on Friday as the rival sides traded blame over a cut to mains supplies, a monitor said.

Car bomb in Syria coastal regime bastion kills 15: monitor

Birut - At least 15 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing in Syria's coastal city of Jableh, a bastion of the regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

UN warns of war crime as Damascus water crisis grows

Birut - The United Nations warned Thursday that sabotaging water supplies was a war crime after the main source for Syria's capital was cut, leaving more than five million people facing shortages.
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