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Russian sponsored talks on Syria yield no agreement

Damascus - The Russian mediator thought that he had an agreement on principles for a political settlement to the Syria conflict but some opposition representatives refused support because there was no movement to build mutual trust such as prisoner releases.

Syria opposition figures seek to form alternative body

Damascus - A group of Syrian opposition figures is seeking to form an alternative to the National Coalition body and open negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad to end their country's conflict.

UN's Ban wants action to prevent Syria camp 'massacre'

Damascus - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for action to prevent a massacre at Syria's Yarmuk refugee camp after Islamic State group jihadists, known for their brutality, overran much of it.

Palestinians back joint Yarmuk operation with Syria army

Damascus - A group of 14 Palestinian factions said Thursday they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus.

Syria says military operation needed to expel IS from Yarmuk

Damascus - Syria said Wednesday a military operation was needed to expel jihadists who have overrun large parts of a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, trapping thousands of civilians inside.

Syria offers Palestinians its firepower in Yarmuk battle

Damascus - Syria said it is ready to offer Palestinians its firepower to support their battle with the Islamic State group in a refugee camp devastated by clashes and aerial attacks.

2,000 evacuated from Syria's Yarmuk camp after IS advance: Palestinians

Damascus - Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP Sunday.

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as IS storms Damascus

Damascus - Rebels backed by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate seized control Wednesday of the last border crossing with Jordan that had been under regime control, dealing a major blow to President Bashar al-Assad.

Islamists enter flashpoint city in northwest Syria: Monitor

Idlib - Islamist rebels entered neighbourhoods in the regime-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria for the first time in four days of fierce clashes with government forces, a monitor reported.

Assad 'welcomes' larger Russian naval presence in Syria

Damascus - Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday.

Op-Ed: Canada's foreign policy is making us less safe

Ottawa - This week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he was going to put forward legislation to extend the nation's role in Iraq and potentially expand its mission into Syria. This will only make us less safe and less free.

Syria claims downing of US drone

Damascus - Syria's military said Wednesday it downed an American drone over suspicions it was spying, in what would be its first attack on an aircraft in the US-led coalition battling jihadists.

Six dead in apparent gas attack in northwest Syria: monitor

Idlib - Six people, including three young children, were killed in an alleged regime gas attack in northwestern Syria late Monday, a monitoring group and opposition activists said.

Assad will 'never' have role in peace talks: US

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will never be part of peace negotiations to halt the brutal civil war, US officials vowed, adding they were taking every step to bring an end to his rule.

Op-Ed: U.S. Syrian air strikes causing civilian casualties

Damascus - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-rebel reporting group based in the UK, claims that a US air strike on an oil refinery in northern Syria killed at least 30 people.

Russia and U.S. talk about political settlement in Syria

Damascus - Russian and U.S. officials have had new talks on finding a political solution to the Syrian civil war and a unified battle against the Islamic State in Syria. However, it is not clear how serious the discussions are.

Top Qaeda leader, commanders reported killed in Syria

Damascus - The military chief and several top commanders of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front have been reported killed in northwestern Syria, where the jihadist militia has made major gains in recent months.

At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

Aleppo - Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city.

Op-Ed: Religion and the war against ISIS

New York - Stomach turning levels of barbarism perpetrated as religiously sanctioned behavior have changed the rules on public conversation about religion in media and the public square.

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

Damascus - UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.
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