Weary Syrians accept government's cease-fire strategy

Mar 2, 2014

Weary Syrians accept government's cease-fire strategy

In one besieged neighborhood after another, weary rebels have turned over their weapons to the Syrian government in exchange for an easing of suffocating blockades that have prevented food, medicine and other staples from reaching civilians trapped inside. The local cease-fires struck in at ...

Mar 1, 2014

Syria jihadis retreat after ultimatum

In a bid to protect their stronghold in the east of war-ravaged Syria, radical jihadists began withdrawing from northern parts of the country on Friday after a threat from rivals. Al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra has threatened the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with ...

Syrians set to overtake Afghans as world's biggest refugee group: U.N.

Feb 26, 2014

Syrians set to overtake Afghans as world's biggest refugee group: U.N.

Syrians could soon overtake Afghans as the world’s biggest refugee population, with their numbers expected to pass 4 million by year’s end, a top U.N. official said Tuesday. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres spoke as the international community sharply urged Syria to comply ...

Moscow says U.S. policy on Syria aids 'terrorism'

Feb 21, 2014

Moscow says U.S. policy on Syria aids 'terrorism'

Moscow accused Washington of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote Saturday that threatens to further deepen big-power divisions. On the ground, a car bomb exploded at a border crossing between Syria and Turkey as rebels ...

U.N. 'very sorry' as Syria talks end in failure

Feb 16, 2014

U.N. 'very sorry' as Syria talks end in failure

The U.N.’s Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Saturday that he was “very, very sorry” after Geneva peace talks broke off without a clear result and the future of negotiations to end the bloody conflict was left in doubt. Just weeks after the warring parties ...

A journey out of Homs

| Feb 15, 2014

A journey out of Homs

Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year military blockade, according to a rare firsthand account by a man evacuated during a truce last week. That ...

Car bomb outside mosque in Syria kills dozens

Feb 15, 2014

Car bomb outside mosque in Syria kills dozens

A car bomb blew up outside a mosque in a rebel-held village in southern Syria as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and filling clinics and hospitals with the wounded, anti-government activists said. The explosion in Yadouda charred vehicles parked ...

Syrian warplanes pound last rebel-held town

Feb 13, 2014

Syrian warplanes pound last rebel-held town

Syrian warplanes pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, activists said, as opposition leaders in Geneva called on Russia to put pressure on the government to prevent the faltering peace negotiations from collapsing. A second round of talks that started in ...

Syrian men of fighting age detained amid U.N. humanitarian mission

Feb 12, 2014

Syrian men of fighting age detained amid U.N. humanitarian mission

Aid workers failed to evacuate anyone from blockaded rebel-held neighborhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday or deliver any food, increasing pressure on them to complete the ambitious humanitarian operation before a fragile truce expires, activists and Syrian Red Crescent officials ...

Analysis: Assad expertly buys time through talks

| Feb 12, 2014

Analysis: Assad expertly buys time through talks

Even as he fights to hold on to power, Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to destroy a significant part of his arsenal and to join negotiations whose stated aim is to remove him from his post. These seemingly contradictory moves may point to ...

Feb 11, 2014

Russia, China snub U.N. talks on aid access in Syria

Russia is blocking Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vowed to veto the proposed measure if necessary. ...