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Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria for 'immediate' ceasefire

Berlin - The leaders of Germany and France urged Russia Sunday to exert "maximum pressure" on Syria for an "immediate" implementation of a UN ceasefire in the war-ravaged country, Berlin said.

Turkey says UN Syria ceasefire won't affect Afrin offensive

Ankara - Turkey on Sunday welcomed the unanimous demand by the UN Security Council for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, but insisted that its own operation against a Kurdish militia in the Afrin region was not affected.

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague at Turkey's behest

Istanbul - Authorities in the Czech Republic detained one of the most prominent leaders of the Syrian Kurds at the request of Turkey, officials said Sunday, as Ankara pushes a military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday called for an immediate end to violence in Syria to allow aid deliveries, especially in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta which has been hit by regime bombardment.

Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Duma - Fresh regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war.

Regime strikes in Syria enclave despite ceasefire call: monitor

Beirut - Syria's regime carried out new air strikes Sunday on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said, despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire "without delay".

The UN in Syria: years of impotence and failure

New York - Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the United Nations has repeatedly expressed outrage and indignation but has been powerless to stop the carnage.

UN diplomats locked in talks on Syria ceasefire

New York - A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said.

Turkey urges 'world to say stop to E.Ghouta massacre'

Ankara - Turkey called on the international community to end the "massacre" in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta hit by intense regime bombardment ahead of a UN Security Council vote on Saturday.

Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held: Lebanon

Beirut - The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on Saturday.

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500.

New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce vote

Beirut - Air strikes and rocket fire hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a seventh straight day on Saturday after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire.

The UN in Syria: years of impotence and failure

New York - Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the United Nations has expressed outrage and indignation but has been powerless to stop the carnage.

Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for response

Duma - Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday killing 38 civilians, as world powers struggled to reach a UN deal to stop the carnage.

UN Security Council to vote Friday on Syria ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council will vote Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.

UN diplomats work to avoid Russian veto on Syria ceasefire

New York - UN diplomats pressed on Thursday with tough negotiations on a UN draft resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, hoping to avoid a Russian veto at the Security Council.

In Syria enclave, the living too are underground

Duma - Every morning, Umm Jamal stirs her coffee as heavy bombardment thuds overhead. This sparsely furnished basement in Syria's Eastern Ghouta has become her home since bombardment made life above ground too dangerous.

Pro-Kurdish party says Turkey lying about 'no civilian deaths' in Afrin

Istanbul - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party accused the government of "spreading misinformation" about no civilian deaths in its latest Syrian offensive on Thursday, calling on Ankara to halt the operation.

Protest in Istanbul against bloodshed in Syria's E.Ghouta

Istanbul - Over 200 people on Thursday protested outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul against the deadly assault on Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

Five-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400

Duma - Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400.

Merkel calls for end to 'massacre' in Syria

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for an end to the "massacre" in Syria after fresh air strikes on a rebel-held enclave in the war-torn country killed another 13 people.

Fresh rocket fire on Syria enclave kills 13: monitor

Beirut - Rockets fired by Syrian regime forces killed at least 13 civilians in the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said.

Jordan 3D lab prints limbs for war wounded, disabled kids

Amman - Iraqi soldier Abdullah lost his left hand fighting the Islamic State group but now he has a prosthetic one -- thanks to a 3D printing lab in Jordan.

UN Security Council set to vote on Syria ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.

Syrians cower in basements as bombs pound enclave

Duma - For several days, residents of the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus have huddled, terrified, in basements and bomb shelters as regime air strikes pound their towns to rubble.

UN chief urges halt to war in 'hell on Earth' Syria enclave

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for an immediate halt to fighting in Eastern Ghouta where a Syrian government bombing campaign has turned the rebel-held enclave into "hell on Earth" for civilians.

Russia denies role in deadly air strikes on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week."These are groundless accusations.

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Duma - International pressure mounted Thursday to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs in a blitz that has killed more than 300.

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is 'legitimate target'

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.

Fresh strikes on Syria enclave kill 10: monitor

Duma - Ten civilians were killed Wednesday in fresh air strikes by the Syrian regime on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, where 270 people have died in three days of bombardment, a monitor said.
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