Syria torture photos ‘credible,’ says U.N. council

Leaked images allegedly showing Syrians tortured by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been described by the U.N. Security Council as evidence of systematic torture and mass killings. During an informal meeting organized by France on Tuesday, the 15 member council viewed more...

Syria-related attacks 'main terror threat to UK'

Syria-related terrorism is now the main challenge for the UK security services. That was the view of Charles Farr, the government's chief anti-terrorism official, releasing his annual report. He said leaks by US whistleblower Edward Snowden had "made our counter-terrorist work harder than more...

U.N. rights chief blames Assad for most crimes

Atrocities by the Syrian government “far outweigh” crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is “mostly responsible” for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday. High Commissioner for Human more...

Turkey and U.S. to investigate new chemical weapons accusations

The United States and Turkey have said they are following up on renewed accusations that the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons against civilians. If true, the government’s use of such weapons would be a violation of its agreement with more...

Sources: U.S. readies to further back Syrian rebels

The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks, Al Arabiya reported. The United more...

Obama, Saudi King Abdallah Summit to Tackle Regional Issues

JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama arrives (late) Friday in Saudi Arabia at the end of a weeklong trip to Europe. High on the agenda are Syria, the turmoil in the region and the faltering Middle East peace talks. President Obama's visit to more...

Syria complains to the UN over Turkish "aggression"

Syria has formally called on the United Nations to take all essential measures to halt Turkish involvement in rebel offensives taking place in Syria’s Kasab district. In formal letters addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Security Council President Sylvie Lucas on Wednesday, more...

HRW: Syrian regime's barrel bombs "terrorize" Aleppo despite UN resolution

When a barrel bomb strikes the ground in Aleppo one of the few certainties is that a military target won’t be in the vicinity, according to a report issued Monday by Human Rights Watch. The New York-based watchdog used satellite imagery, interviews with witnesses, more...

Russia "satisfied" with Syria's chemical weapons destruction

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed satisfaction with the progress in the operation to remove Syria's chemical weapons. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Monday, Lavrov said Russia has every reason to believe that more...

First Syrians reach UK in refugee resettlement scheme

The first group of Syrian refugees has arrived in the UK under a government scheme to take in some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict. The Home Office expects "several hundred" Syrians to arrive as part of the Vulnerable more...

U.N. report cites Syrian non-compliance with aid resolution

A report from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, delivered to the Security Council on Monday, described the Syrian government as failing to comply with a earlier resolution calling on all parties in the country’s civil war to permit free access more...

Return to Geneva now unlikely: Syria envoy

KUWAIT CITY – U.N.-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has ruled out the holding of a third round of talks between the Syrian regime and opposition in Geneva soon.   "A return to Geneva now is unlikely," Brahimi told reporters following talks more...

Rise in EU asylum claims in 2013; most came from Syria, Russia

Brussels — The European Union experienced a large increase in asylum claims in 2013, with Syrians and Russians accounting for almost a quarter of those seeking the bloc’s protection, according to figures released yesterday. A total of 435,000 people applied for more...

OPCW chief meets Russian FM on Syrian CWs

THE HAGUE, March 24 (KUNA) -- Director-General of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu met here Monday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who attends the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).Uzumcu said in statements to the more...

Russia: Syria has almost zero chemical arms potential

Syrian government has reduced its chemical weapons potential close to zero, state-run RIA news agency quoted an unnamed official at the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday Al Arabiya reported   "Chemical weapons production facilities, equipment for mixing (chemicals) and operating more...

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