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Turkey PM threatens military action against Syrian Kurds

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey would, if necessary, take military action against fighters from the Syrian Kurdish PYD, which Ankara considers a terror group.

Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: report

Moscow - Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

Turkey, Saudi could launch Syria ground operation: Ankara

Istanbul - Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists.

UN probe zeroes in on five Syria chemical weapons cases

New York - A UN investigative team has zeroed in on five potential cases of serious chemical weapons use in Syria but has yet to identify the perpetrators, according to its first report released Friday.

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

Damascus - In the following AFP interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, the questions were asked in French and he replied in Arabic.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture the whole of Syria and keep "fighting terrorism" while also negotiating an end to the war, as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire.

The Munich agreement for Syria: will it work?

London - World powers on Friday agreed a plan to cease hostilities in war-wracked Syria, but there are reasons to doubt its success.Here are the key questions around the deal:- How important is this announcement?

AFP EXCLUSIVE: Assad vows to retake Syria, amid new ceasefire push

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a "long time," in an exclusive interview with AFP as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Kilis - Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said Friday.

Syria opposition says rebels must decide on ceasefire

Birut - A key Syrian opposition body said Friday that a proposed pause in fighting in the country would have to be examined and decided upon by rebel forces on the ground.

Doubts emerge over plan to end Syria hostilities within week

Munich - World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability.

Ministers agree to 'full cessation of hostilities' in Syria within week: Kerry

Munich - Ministers meeting for Syria crisis talks agreed to seek a full cessation of hostilities within one week's time, US Secretary of State John Kerry said early Friday.

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

Washington - CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported.

Hollande calls for Russia to halt action that supports Assad

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Russia to halt its military action in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Leaders locked in Syria talks to rescue peace process

Munich - Foreign ministers were locked in late-night talks in Munich on Thursday, seeking a way to revive a floundering Syrian peace process as Russia warned of the possibility of a "new world war".

Russia has made 'quite specific' proposal on Syria ceasefire: Lavrov 

Munich - Russia has made a "quite specific" proposal for a ceasefire in Syria and is awaiting a US response, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

51,000 displaced since Russian air strikes on Aleppo began: UN

Ginebra - About 51,000 people have been displaced since Damascus, backed by Russian air strikes, launched its latest offensive on the Syrian city of Aleppo last week, the United Nations reported Thursday.

Turkey tries father, smugglers over Syrian toddler's death

Istanbul - The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants.

Pentagon chief seeks more help in anti-IS fight

Brussels - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday sought more help from dozens of defence ministers from the US-led coalition against Islamic State jihadists, as Russia mounts its own air campaign in Syria.

Russia ready to discuss Syria ceasefire at international talks

Munich - Russia said Thursday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kick-start peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo.

Australia mulls helping orphans of Islamic State couple

Sydney - Australia said Thursday it will "carefully consider" if it can help the orphans of an Islamic State fighter and their Sydney-born mother, who both reportedly died in Syria, warning the children could pose a threat later in life.

Pentagon chief seeks more help in anti-IS fight

Brussels - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter and dozens of defence ministers from the US-led coalition striking Islamic State jihadists meet in Brussels on Thursday to take stock of the difficult campaign.

Op-Ed: Pres. Obama classic lame duck at home and abroad

Washington - On Wednesday, the French outgoing foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who is expected to become head of France’s constitutional court, called the administration’s policies “ambiguous.”

Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

Den Haag - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday slammed as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes.

Outgoing French foreign minister raps U.S. Syria role

Paris - Outgoing French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday criticised the US role in Syria, saying he did not see "a very strong commitment" from Washington."There are ambiguities...

Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

Moscow - Syrian Kurdish separatists on Wednesday opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey's objections.

Turkey's Erdogan lambasts US over support for Syrian Kurds

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bitterly attacked ally the United States over its support for Syrian Kurdish groups, as they seized an airport near Aleppo and sought to build ties with Russia.

In Syria's Aleppo city, young boys box to drown out bombs

Aleppo - Bathed in the fluorescent light of a sparse basement in Syria's war-torn Aleppo city, young boys pummel red punching bags under the close supervision of a former national boxing champion.

'500 dead' in Syria regime's Aleppo assault

Birut - A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced new pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.

Explosives, suicide belts found on suspects at Syria border: Turkish army

Ankara - Turkish security forces seized explosives and four suicide vests in the baggage of a group of suspects stopped at the border with Syria, the Turkish army said on Wednesday.
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