Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Apr 28, 2016

Marred debut liftoff at Russian cosmodrome embarrasses Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his space officials to raise their game on Wednesday after he flew thousands of kilometers to watch the inaugural launch of a rocket from a new spaceport, only for it to be called off. With moments to go before ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

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 ...

Apr 14, 2016

Sharapova hearing for meldonium will proceed: ITF

Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation has said. The five-time Grand Slam champion tested positive ...

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 ...