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More than 280,000 dead in Syria war, monitor says in new toll

Damas - Syria's devastating war has killed more than 280,000 people, a monitoring group said on Thursday in a new toll for the five-year conflict.

Bombs kill 8 in northeast Syria as U.S. commander visits

Kamishli - Bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people in northeastern Syria hours after a top US commander visited, security forces said Sunday.

Syria's famous damask rose withered by war

Damascus - Its fame is such that the damask rose features in Shakespeare, but for Syrian farmers growing the flower that produces the heady-scented oil used to flavour Turkish delight, tragedy may await.

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

Damascus - An aid convoy was refused entry to Syria's Daraya Thursday, the Red Cross said, dashing hopes for the first such delivery since regime forces began a siege of the rebel-held town in 2012.

A fifth of Syria's Palestinians have fled the country: UNWRA

Damascus - More than 20 percent of Syria's Palestinian refugees have fled the country and its five-year war, the head of the UN Palestinian refugee agency said on Thursday."Before the war, there were 560,000 Palestine refugees.

Truce ends in Syria's Aleppo as aid heads for besieged town

Darayya - The truce in Syria's battleground city Aleppo expired Thursday with no new last-minute extension, as a besieged town near the capital prepared to receive its first humanitarian aid in four years.

Aleppo truce extended by 48 hours: Syrian army

Damascus - A truce in Aleppo in northern Syria between regime forces and rebels that was due to expire late Monday has been extended by 48 hours, the army command said.

Residents return as truce extended in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday after a temporary truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city.

Syrian regime holds patriotic concert in retaken Palmyra

Palmyra - The Syrian regime on Friday put on a patriotic celebration at the ancient city of Palmyra, with flag-waving and military music in a place where just last year jihadists carried out mass executions.

Outcry grows over bombing of Syria camp for displaced

Aleppo - Condemnation mounted Friday over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria as the regime and its Russian ally denied involvement and a fragile truce held in Aleppo city.

Life returns to Syria's Aleppo after two weeks of fighting

Aleppo - After two weeks of hiding at home or underground to escape death, residents emerged onto the streets in Syria's battered second city Aleppo as a truce took hold there Thursday.

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28 as Aleppo truce holds

Aleppo - Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo.

Russian orchestra performs in Syria's war-scarred Palmyra

Palmyra - Leading Russian musicians on Thursday staged a classical concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra in a show by the Kremlin to herald its successes in the war-torn country.

Truce takes hold in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - A 48-hour ceasefire took hold Thursday in Syria's battered second city of Aleppo after President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebel forces gave in to mounting diplomatic pressure.

Syria to respect 48-hour Aleppo truce starting Thursday: State media

Damascus - Syria's army said Wednesday it will abide by a two-day ceasefire in second city Aleppo agreed between the United States and Russia.

US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Battles rage in Aleppo as diplomats scramble to save truce

Aleppo - Fierce fighting raged in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo and air strikes pounded rebels east of the capital Damascus on Wednesday as diplomats scrambled to salvage a collapsing truce.

'3 dead, 17 wounded by rebel fire' on hospital in Syria's Aleppo

Damascus - Rebel fire on a hospital in a government-controlled neighbourhood of Syria's second city Aleppo killed three women and wounded another 17 people on Tuesday, state media reported.

US demands Assad forces halt Aleppo strikes as residents flee

Aleppo - The United States Saturday demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces halt their bombardment of Aleppo and help restore a nationwide ceasefire, with Secretary of State John Kerry due to head to Geneva for talks on the conflict.

Suicide bomber 'kills five Kurdish police' in Syria

Kamishli - A suicide bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in Syria's divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.
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