U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists and staff in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, prompting an investigation by federal authorities. Researchers working in a high-security bioterror response lab at the ...

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

Jun 19, 2014

Spike in conflicts sees 'global peace' eroding fast

World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security survey reported Wednesday. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in particular helped drag ...

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Jun 11, 2014

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Syrian President Bashar Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said Tuesday. The list has been handed to the International Criminal Court, citing for ...

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Jun 10, 2014

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Syrian President Bashar Assad announced an unprecedented prisoner amnesty Monday, less than a week after his re-election, the most wide-ranging since the revolt against him began. Announced five days after Assad was returned to office with nearly 90 percent of the votes in a ...

Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

Jun 3, 2014

Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

It was not so long ago that Bashar Assad’s enemies thought he was finished. In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried forces. His government had lost big chunks ...

Syrians fret over taste of war food

| May 31, 2014

Syrians fret over taste of war food

As Syria approaches a surreal presidential election in the midst of civil war, the capital has avoided the worst of the conflict but reminders are increasingly coming out the water taps and appearing on the dinner table, to the dismay of Damascenes. Before the ...

U.S. confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

May 31, 2014

U.S. confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

An American fighting for a hard-line Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, U.S. officials said Friday, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight ...

Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

May 29, 2014

Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

A convoy of chemical weapons inspectors came under attack Tuesday while traveling to the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria, but all staff members were safe, the international watchdog agency said. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been ...

U.S. weighs training Syrian rebels

May 28, 2014

U.S. weighs training Syrian rebels

In an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to Syrian rebels seeking military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, the White House may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate forces. President Barack Obama is ...

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

May 25, 2014

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

by Martin Chulov

High spring in Syria’s largest city and the final battle has arrived. From his vantage point on a front line in Aleppo’s northeast, Abu Bilal, a rebel commander, had spent the past month staring at a ridge line about a kilometer away that marked ...