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Kenji Goto beheaded by ISIS

A video was released Saturday afternoon by the Islamic State (IS)showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Hezbollah, Israel on edge as border fighting erupts

Beirut - Tensions are escalating along Israel's border and occupied territories, as a Hezbollah unit launched a strike that killed at least four IDF soldiers, initial reports said.

Op-Ed: Are the Paris massacres religious?

New York - Some human beings are violent. Some are religious. Some are one or the other. Some are both. Some are neither. Is there such a thing as religious violence per se?

Islamic State marauders release 200 captives

Irbil - Scores of Yazidis being held captive by Islamic State were released Saturday in the Iraqi city of Irbil, Kurdish military officials reported.

Op-Ed: Israel attacks and kills two Hezbollah leaders in Syria

Damascus - Several fighters from the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah were killed in an attack by an Israeli helicopter in the Syrian province of Quneitra. Different casualty figures are given but a Hezbollah statement said that six fighters had been killed.

Assad says Moscow talks must focus on fighting 'terror'

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said hoped-for talks in Moscow with opponents must focus on the fight against "terrorism", while adding that he is unsure the meeting will reap any results.

Commando raids fail to rescue Jordanian pilot held by IS

Damascus - US Special Forces are reported by several media outlets to have failed in an attempt or attempts to rescue Muath al-Kasaesbeh who was captured by Islamic State forces after his plane was shot down over Syria.

More than 76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet

Damascus - More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria's brutal conflict in 2014, making it the bloodiest year since the country's war erupted in March 2011, a monitoring group said Thursday.

Syria says ready to meet opposition in Moscow

Damascus - Syria's regime is willing to meet the country's opposition in Moscow to seek a way out of the nearly four-year civil war, a government official said on Saturday.

For gay Syrians, jihadist threat adds new fear

Damascus - Since jihadists from the Islamic State group seized control of two northeastern Syrian provinces, Jad has lost all contact with friends there from the country's tight-knit gay community.

French police shoot dead 'Allahu Akbar' assailant

Tours - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed yesterday that those who “prey on the police” would face the face “the full severity of the state” following an attack at a French police station in a normally quiet suburb of Tours.

Qaeda takes two Syrian bases in major blow to regime

Damascus - Militants linked to Al-Qaeda dealt a major blow to Syria's regime on Monday by seizing two key army bases within hours, giving them control over most of Idlib province.

Op-Ed: Southern Syria a different story from the media narrative Special

Most of the media focus on Syria these days is to do with the violence of Islamic State. They control large areas in the north and east of the country. In the south however, there is a different situation.

Syria accuses Israel of bombing Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of bombing its main international airport as the UN announced talks with rebel leaders on a ceasefire in its war-battered second city of Aleppo.

Syrian regime, opposition edge towards new peace talks

Damascus - The Syrian regime and several key opponents have agreed to move towards new peace talks mediated by Russia, sources on both sides told AFP.

Op-Ed: Battle with IS for Syrian border city of Kobani intensifies

Damascus - While the Islamic State appears to have suffered significant casualties in the long conflict over the Syrian town Kobani( or Kobane) on the border with Turkey the Kurdish troops in the town appear to be at a disadvantage at present.

War in Syria forces Aleppo merchants from souk to street

Aleppo - Once-proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live on a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

Christians hold out in Syria's Aleppo despite jihadist threat

Aleppo - Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Syria's war-wracked second city Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists.

Syria regime raids on Islamic State 'capital' kill 95

Damascus - Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russia Wednesday on relaunching peace negotiations.

Syria air strikes on IS 'capital' kill 63 people

Damascus - A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.
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