Latest Syria News

  • Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18
    Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18 39 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said. More »

  • Syrian refugees cling to stability in Iraq
    Syrian refugees cling to stability in Iraq 43 minutes ago

    Finding relative stability in northern Iraq, many Syrian refugees are in no hurry to return to their war-torn country. More »

  • Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of ‘crimes against its own peopl …
    Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of ‘crimes against its own peopl … 55 minutes ago

    Vladimir Putin has warned of “consequences” to the military action. More »

  • Activists: Government airstrikes on vegetable market in northern Syria kill … 1 hour 45 minutes ago

    Activists: Government airstrikes on vegetable market in northern Syria kill at least 18 people. More »

  • French combatants in Syria and cyber-indoctrination
    French combatants in Syria and cyber-indoctrination 2 hours 26 minutes ago

    Rising number of French nationals in Syria is more about teen angst than genuine religious convictions. More »

  • Syia air raid on market town 'kills 21'
    Syia air raid on market town 'kills 21' 2 hours 45 minutes ago

    An air strike on a market on Thursday killed at least 21 people, including three children, in a village of the north Syrian province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq
    Car bomb kills eight in central Iraq 3 hours ago

    A car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing eight people, as Iraq struggles with daily violence ahead of an election next week. More »

  • Greece: The murky moat of fortress Europe
    Greece: The murky moat of fortress Europe 3 hours ago

    Europe can no longer portray itself as a bastion of humanitarian values if it doesn't address the issue of migration. More »

  • Eastern Ukraine: A new pawn in Putin's dangerous game
    Eastern Ukraine: A new pawn in Putin's dangerous game 4 hours ago

    By issuing ultimatums and then failing to follow up, Kiev has further emboldened the rabble-rousers. More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
    Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages 5 hours ago

    A potential lead in the hunt for Madeleine McCann and the death of the Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand feature on the front pages of many of Thursday's newspapers. The Daily Express leads on what the paper calls a breakthrough in the investigation into what happened to Madeleine, who vanished in Portugal in 2007. The death of 62-year-old Mr Shand, who suffered a serious head injury in a fall in New York, leads the front pages of The Sun and the Daily Mail. The paper reports the Metropolitan Police will "gamble" that its officers can persuade Muslim women to inform on relatives who are intent on taking part in the country's civil war. More »

  • Security Council must act on Syria: UN chief
    Security Council must act on Syria: UN chief 6 hours ago

    Ban Ki-moon says failure of warring parties to provide access is flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. More »

  • UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips
    UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips 7 hours ago

    Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria. More »

  • Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria
    Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria 7 hours ago

    A sharp rise in the number of people being arrested for travelling to Syria has prompted a new campaign. The campaign comes after several Britons are thought to have died in Syria in the last few months. Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years to train in camps or take part in the fighting, with an estimated 20 having died. Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball, said: "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict. More »

  • UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid 10 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate and the risk of sectarian violence grows, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. More »

  • U.N. chief demands Security Council action on Syria 11 hours ago

    By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded on Wednesday that the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported to the body that none of the warring parties was adhering to U.N. demands for aid access. In his second monthly report to the 15-member council on the implementation of a resolution demanding great humanitarian aid access in Syria, Ban said "none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the Council." "The Security Council must take action to deal with these flagrant violations of the basic principles of international law," he wrote in the 21-page report. But diplomats said Russia was unlikely to agree to any action, such as sanctions, if Syria's government was found to be at fault. More »

  • Aid access in Syria not improving: UN chief
    Aid access in Syria not improving: UN chief 12 hours ago

    Access for foreign aid for millions of Syrians desperately in need has not improved, violating a Security Council resolution passed two months ago, the UN chief said in a report Wednesday. More »

  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
    Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. More »

  • Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women
    Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women 13 hours ago

    British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home. Senior police officers and security chiefs have said they are worried the fighters could return radicalised by hardline Islamists and carry out attacks on British soil. Britain's counter-terrorism police said they were going to appeal to women from "affected communities". "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending ... to join the conflict," Helen Ball, National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said in a statement ahead of Thursday's launch. More »

  • UK enlists Muslim women to help stop Syria jihadists
    UK enlists Muslim women to help stop Syria jihadists 14 hours ago

    British police reached out to Muslim women on Thursday in an attempt to prevent young people going to fight in Syria, after a sharp rise in arrests related to the conflict. More »

  • Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees
    Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees 14 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria declared on Wednesday that it is looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials say they want the team to keep working. The statement came after Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told the Security Council that the Syrian government should be able to meet an April 27 deadline to hand over all declared chemical agents. But inside the council chamber, U.S. and European delegations told Kaag that they are concerned about fresh allegations that Syria's government has deployed chlorine gas and expressed their view that a full investigation was necessary, diplomats said. After the closed-door session, which Kaag participated in via video link, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari was asked what should happen to the U.N.-OPCW mission once declared materials linked to the Syrian chemical weapons were shipped out of the country and all installations were shut down. More »

  • Some notable social media gaffes, missteps 15 hours ago

    A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes: More »

  • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria 16 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries. More »

  • Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from U.S. to Syria 16 hours ago

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. From 2003 to 2012, an American from Pennsylvania, a Syrian citizen and a London resident conspired to export such items as a portable scanner used to detect chemical warfare agents, according to a press release from the Justice Department. The equipment would have been used to measure and detect chemical agents previously found to have been used by President Bashar Assad in Syria's ongoing civil war. According to the indictment, the alleged conspirators mislabelled goods and planned to route shipments through various countries before making their way to Syria. More »

  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid
    Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid 16 hours ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win. More »

  • US lays charges in Syria smuggling scheme
    US lays charges in Syria smuggling scheme 17 hours ago

    Three men have been accused of illegally shipping goods to Syria through other countries for nine years. More »

  • WHO hits back at vaccine deniers
    WHO hits back at vaccine deniers 17 hours ago

    The World Health Organization hit back on Wednesday against vaccine deniers who claim that immunisation is pointless, risky and that the body is better off fighting disease unaided. More »

  • Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger
    Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger 17 hours ago

    An independent Syrian lawmaker registered Wednesday as the first challenger in a June presidential election widely expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power despite a raging civil war. More »

  • UN hears calls for Syria chlorine gas probe
    UN hears calls for Syria chlorine gas probe 18 hours ago

    Members of the UN Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports. More »

  • 3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria 18 hours ago

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday. More »

  • UN aid chiefs appeal for Syria access
    UN aid chiefs appeal for Syria access 18 hours ago

    The heads of five UN agencies on Wednesday made an impassioned call to both sides in Syria's conflict to allow aid deliveries countrywide, end siege warfare and halt indiscriminate attacks on civilians. More »

  • Syrian activists accused regime of new gas attacks 18 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months. More »

  • France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad
    France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad 18 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees. More »

  • Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations
    Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations 19 hours ago

    Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. It's fitting they were first staged at a playhouse called ... More »

  • Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland
    Match-fixer Perumal nabbed again in Finland 19 hours ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, two years after the Singaporean was jailed in the Nordic country for bribing Finnish league players, officials said Wednesday. More »

  • Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency
    Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency 19 hours ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will be held in the midst of the country's civil war and has already been dismissed by the West as a farce. More »