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  • Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

    Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:06:16 GMT
    Syria's parliament speaker says a lawmaker has announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless...
    A Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election - the first to field his bid for the top post in a vote called despite the country's relentless civil war, state-run television reported...
  • UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:04:40 GMT
    The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.
    The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.
  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 07:44:42 GMT
    As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across...
    As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the...
  • Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:14:02 GMT
    Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal.
    Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal.
  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:34 AM EDT2014-04-22 06:34:41 GMT
    Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of...
    Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the...
  • US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

    US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-21 19:53:23 GMT
    The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed on areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed in areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd).
  • Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

    Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:33:54 GMT
    Syria's state-run media say a pair of mortar shells hit near the parliament building in central Damascus, killing five people.
    Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the...
  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:23:01 GMT
    The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places."
    Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he...
  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:53:20 GMT
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France.
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.
  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:42:28 GMT
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
    Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.
  • 4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:31:38 GMT
    France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released, France's presidential palace said Saturday.
  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:51:25 GMT
    The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria.
    A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported.
  • Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

    Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

    A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where...
    A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists'...
  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordan's army says the country's air force has attacked cars that were at the kingdom's border with neighboring Syria.
    Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and...
  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

    Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:34:55 GMT
    The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were hurt, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.
    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's...
  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

    Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

    The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated,...
    The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with...
  • Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian state media say rebels have fired mortars rounds into predominantly Christian districts of the capital that exploded near schools, killing one child and injuring 41 others.
    Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.
  • Albanian arrested for alleged Syria recruitment

    Albanian arrested for alleged Syria recruitment

    Albanian police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Muslim rebel groups fighting in Syria.
    Albanian police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly recruiting men to enlist with Muslim rebel groups fighting in Syria.
  • Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian state media say pro-government troops have seized a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon, continuing a march to dislodge opposition strongholds from along the rugged frontier.
    Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever...
  • Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    Activists say shelling and firefights between Syrian government forces and rebels in the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 28 people.
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what...
  • Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    The Syrian government and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.
    Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country...
  • Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war

    Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war

    The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they...
    The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated...
  • Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing

    Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing

    For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the...
    For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's...
  • Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

    Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

    Activists say the death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has jumped to 68.
    The death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in an eastern Syrian town has risen 68 killed, with some shot after being captured alive, activists said Friday.
  • Report: Syria rebel infighting kills 51 fighters

    Report: Syria rebel infighting kills 51 fighters

    Activists say fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in northeastern Syria along the border with Iraq has killed at least 24 fighters.
    Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria killed more than 50 fighters Thursday, an opposition group said, while government shelling left at least four teenagers dead in a town in the...
  • Blasts in central Syria city of Homs kill 25

    Blasts in central Syria city of Homs kill 25

    Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters captured Wednesday the last major town in the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon after weeks of intense fighting, state media and activists said.
    Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said.
  • Pope denounces slaying of Dutch Jesuit in Syria

    Pope denounces slaying of Dutch Jesuit in Syria

    Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence.
    Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence.
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
  • International StoriesMore>>

  • SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:34:50 GMT
    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin...
    As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching...
  • Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:24:35 GMT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago, calling the events of World War I "our...
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago.
  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:14:39 GMT
    Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.
    Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people.
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