UN awaiting Syrian regime approval for airlifts to besieged areas

The UN on Thursday said it was awaiting approval from the Syrian government before it can airlift humanitarian aid to besieged areas.

UN envoy calls on global powers to save Syrian truce

Foreign ministers of global and Middle Eastern powers should meet to salvage the shaky truce in Syria and the stumbling peace talks in Geneva, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday in Geneva.

US sends senior official on first visit to Kurdish-controlled Syria

Syria's powerful Kurdish forces, smarting over their exclusion from peace talks in Geneva, received a diplomatic boost on the weekend with the first visit by a senior US official to the unrecognised Kurdish autonomous region in northern Syria.

250,000 Syrians trapped in Islamic State siege, watchdog warns

At least 250,000 people in an eastern Syrian city are under siege by Islamic State forces who are preventing the delivery of food and medical supplies, a monitoring group said Wednesday.