Latest Syria News

  • UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'
    UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered' 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. More »

  • Lebanon set to nominate presidential hopefuls
    Lebanon set to nominate presidential hopefuls 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    Parliamentary session will be held on Wednesday, but experts say it is unlikely any candidate will get a majority. More »

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of murdering three children in London
    Woman arrested on suspicion of murdering three children in London 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    The woman is currently being held at a south London police station. More »

  • Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families
    Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families 4 hours ago

    They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months. More »

  • Libya and the ICC: Courting chaos and confusion
    Libya and the ICC: Courting chaos and confusion 4 hours ago

    Any process of justice must be aimed at establishing stability and reconciliation among the affected communities. More »

  • France to stop citizens joining Syria war
    France to stop citizens joining Syria war 6 hours ago

    Proposed measures include a dedicated hotline and stripping people of French nationality as deterrence and punishment. More »

  • Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies
    Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies 11 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83. More »

  • France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat 13 hours ago

    By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - France's interior minister on Tuesday unveiled a raft of policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country. France, which has been a staunch opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, estimates the number of its nationals directly or indirectly involved in the Syrian conflict at about 700 of which a third are fighting against the government. President Francois Hollande has made clamping down on violent cells and self-radicalized operators planning domestic attacks a priority since a Toulouse-based al Qaeda-inspired gunman, Mohamed Merah, shot dead seven people in March 2012. But with the Syrian conflict entering its fourth year, the government has increasingly come under criticism for failing to stop its nationals - some as young as 15 - from heading to Syria. More »

  • French hostage in Mali reported killed by captors 13 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his Islamic militant captors, President Francois Hollande's office said Tuesday. More »

  • Lebanon sends aid to citizens trapped in Syria war
    Lebanon sends aid to citizens trapped in Syria war 14 hours ago

    Lebanese authorities on Tuesday sent a rare aid convoy to the town of Tufeil, an island of Lebanese territory inside Syria where thousands have become trapped in the country's war. More »

  • Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas
    Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas 14 hours ago

    By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished. President Bashar al-Assad agreed with the United States and Russia to dispose of his chemical weapons - an arsenal that Damascus had never previously formally acknowledged - after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of the capital last August. The government blamed the rebel side in Syria's civil war, which is now in its fourth year. Syria has vowed to hand over or destroy its entire arsenal by the end of this week, but still has roughly 14 percent of the chemicals it declared to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). More »

  • EU condemns Syria plans for June 3 election
    EU condemns Syria plans for June 3 election 15 hours ago

    The European Union joined international condemnation of Syria's plan to hold a presidential election on June 3, saying Tuesday the vote would lack credibility while the country remains at war. More »

  • GOP: Ukraine Is Obama’s New Syria
    GOP: Ukraine Is Obama’s New Syria 15 hours ago

    Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sees disturbing parallels between the Obama administration's current policy in Ukraine and what he sees as its failures in Syria. More »

  • Syria chemical disarmament gathers pace as new claims emerge
    Syria chemical disarmament gathers pace as new claims emerge 15 hours ago

    The chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday that Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its arsenal as new claims emerged of an attack on a rebel bastion this month using an industrial chemical. More »

  • German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria
    German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria 16 hours ago

    A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria was reported dead on Tuesday by jihadist sources, but hours later some retracted the claim, saying he was still alive. More »

  • ‘Enough, we said, enough’: UN humanitarian agencies call for end to Syria c …
    ‘Enough, we said, enough’: UN humanitarian agencies call for end to Syria c … 16 hours ago

    The heads of four UN agencies are calling for an end to fighting in Syria. More »

  • Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria
    Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria 16 hours ago

    TFAIL, Lebanon (AP) — A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war next door. More »

  • Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons 17 hours ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal. More »

  • Lebanon kingmaker announces his pick for president
    Lebanon kingmaker announces his pick for president 17 hours ago

    Lebanon's sometime kingmaker Walid Jumblatt announced Tuesday he was backing lawmaker Henri Helou for president, a day before parliament meets to vote on the post. More »

  • Syria chemical handover at 86.5 percent
    Syria chemical handover at 86.5 percent 17 hours ago

    Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapons, the global chemical watchdog said on Tuesday, amid new claims that Damascus may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month. More »

  • 'Almost one million' Syrian refugees in Turkey
    'Almost one million' Syrian refugees in Turkey 18 hours ago

    The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war. More »

  • Red Cross 'appalled' by rising violence in Syria's Aleppo
    Red Cross 'appalled' by rising violence in Syria's Aleppo 18 hours ago

    The Red Cross said Tuesday it was "appalled" by escalating violence in Syria's Aleppo and was awaiting government permission to deliver aid to the pre-war commercial hub. More »

  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs
    Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs 18 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution. More »

  • No winner seen in first round of Lebanon president vote
    No winner seen in first round of Lebanon president vote 19 hours ago

    Parliament has been summoned to choose a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose six-year term ends in late May, but deep divisions over the war in neighbouring Syria could delay any decision, possibly for several months. Putting off the choice of president could add to a political vacuum in Lebanon, which is struggling to contain domestic sectarian conflict while also grappling with a flood of Syrian refugees and a sharp slowdown in economic growth. Lebanon's presidency is reserved for the country's Maronite Christians under a confessional system aimed at sharing representation among its many religious communities. But the war in Syria has split Lebanon's Christians just as it has divided Muslims. More »

  • France to present plan to fight jihadist threat 20 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization. More »

  • Arab League criticises Syrian election plan
    Arab League criticises Syrian election plan 20 hours ago

    Holding an election in Syria while civil war rages will only obstruct international efforts to resolve the conflict, the head of the Arab League said on Tuesday. President Bashar al-Assad's government announced on Monday that a presidential election would take place on June 3 - an event that is certain to extend his grip on power. "This step could suspend the desired efforts of maturing negotiations for a political solution to the Syrian crisis," Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Cairo-based Arab League, said in a statement. More »

  • Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?
    Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation? 22 hours ago

    How the 'crippling sanctions' policy has started to cripple the tormentor. More »

  • US to examine Syria chlorine-attack claim
    US to examine Syria chlorine-attack claim Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    State Department confirms indications of use of toxic industrial chemical in Kfar Zeita town in Hama province. More »

  • Iraqi parliament hopeful Khazali fought in Syrian civil war
    Iraqi parliament hopeful Khazali fought in Syrian civil war Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    An Iraqi Shiite who proudly fought Sunni rebels in Syria's civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions. More »

  • The white 'saviours' of the Arabs
    The white 'saviours' of the Arabs Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya. More »

  • Syria calls June 3 presidential election
    Syria calls June 3 presidential election Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Syria has announced it will hold a June 3 presidential election, expected to return Bashar al-Assad to office, as fresh claims emerged of his regime's use of chemical weapons. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday
    10 Things to Know for Tuesday Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More »

  • Dozens killed in Iraq attacks and bombings
    Dozens killed in Iraq attacks and bombings Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Suicide car bombings, roadside bombing and shooting spree kill 33 as the country counts down to crucial elections. More »

  • Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents
    Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria announced on Monday a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Western and Gulf Arab countries that back Assad's opponents have called plans for an election a "parody of democracy" and said it would wreck efforts to negotiate a peace settlement. U.N.-backed talks in Geneva collapsed in February with both sides far from agreement - not least over the question of whether Assad should go. Monzer Akbik, of the Western-backed National Coalition opposition group, told Reuters the election was a sign Assad was unwilling to seek a political solution to the conflict. More »

  • US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed on areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. More »