Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been removed from the increasingly unstable more...

Anti-polio campaign sees success in Syria

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Despite grave danger, a campaign to combat the spread of polio in rebel-held Syria has been surprisingly successful, with volunteers inoculating about 1.4 million children since the beginning of the year. The re-emergence of polio in Syria in more...

HRW: Syrian rebel groups sending children into war

Reuters Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising them a free education, a Human Rights Watch report said on Monday. The report said the Islamic State in Iraq and the more...

U.S. envoy urges international community not to engage with Assad regime

Ambassador Robert Ford, the former White House point man on Syria policy, urged a stepped-up effort to arm “moderate opposition fighters,” in an op-ed published in the New York Times Tuesday. Ford has given a series of interviews in recent days, detailing his experience more...

Saudi Arabia, Russia discuss Syrian crisis

AMMONNEWS - Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal discussed on Monday the Syrian crisis with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during a phone conversation, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.During the conversation, the pair talked about possible political solutions more...

Syria elections a ‘farce’: NATO head

BRUSSELS – NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in Syria as a “farce” on Tuesday, saying they did not meet international standards. “The Syrian presidential election is a farce,” Rasmussen said as he went into a NATO defense ministers more...

France’s president warns Syria against chemical attacks

French President Francois Hollande Tuesday stopped short of issuing a strong ultimatum on Syria’s alleged recent use of chemical weapons, indicating the regime of President Bashar Assad should expect further sanctions and verbal condemnation should the accusations prove to be true. Hollande made the more...

Thousands of Syrians enter Homs after oppositions leave

Thousands of Syrians have returned to war-battered parts of the central city of Homs, many making plans to move back as opposition activists expressed bitterness over the oppositions' surrender of their strongholds to pro-government forces and vowed they will return. more...

Group Says There’s ‘Strong Evidence’ Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons

Human Rights Watch says evidence "strongly suggests" the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in mid-April. The group, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses, says the rebels do not have the helicopters used more...

Denmark, taking delivery of chemical arms, urges Syria to speed process

ABOARD THE ARK FUTURA, EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, May 13 (Reuters) - Denmark, providing one of two container vessels taking delivery of Syrian chemical weapons for destruction, urged Damascus on Tuesday to expedite the process and said it could not wait beyond more...

Saudi Arabia cancels Arab League Syria talks

Saudi Arabia has urged the indefinite postponement of an Arab League meeting on Syria that Riyadh itself called, the group's deputy chief Ahmed Ben Helli said on Friday. The meeting of foreign ministers was originally called for Monday by Riyadh, which more...

America can stop the ‘barrel bombs’ in Syria

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem is the senior political adviser and government relations director for the Syrian American Council in Washington, a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria and a fellow at the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic more...

Syria misses deadline for removing chemical weapons

The Syrian government missed the deadline for taking another batch of chemical weapons out of the country again. Yet, the government of Syria intends to complete the work in the coming days, The New York Times reports. Originally, Syria was more...

Syria still has ‘8 percent of its chemical arms’

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Sunday Syria still has 8% of its chemical arms as the deadline expired for the arsenal to be handed over. "We are talking of the remaining 7.8 percent chemical weapon more...

China believes arms firm did not violate rules in Syria

Beijing, Reuters—China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that it did not believe that the country’s biggest arms maker had violated any international conventions, after a canister bearing its name was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in more...

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