Apr 19, 2016

Syrian regime says Assad's future not up for discussion

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said his team was ...

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Apr 18, 2016

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl

Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardize the local population’s health. More than 200 tons of uranium remain inside the reactor that exploded three ...

Apr 14, 2016

Putin aide Naryshkin eyes Hiroshima visit in June

Sergei Naryshkin, a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is considering visiting Hiroshima during his trip to Japan in June, informed sources said Thursday. Russia is considering providing Japan with photos of Hiroshima taken by the Soviet embassy staff just after the United ...

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

Apr 13, 2016

Syrian peace talks resume as violence surges

A new round of peace talks to end Syria’s five-year civil war is set to begin in Geneva on Wednesday as a surge in violence in northern Aleppo province threatens a fragile truce. The United Nations-brokered talks are aimed at forming a transitional government ...

Apr 12, 2016

Russian attack helicopter crashes in Syria, two dead

A Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing both pilots, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the helicopter, which crashed in Homs province, had not been shot down, but the cause of the ...