Testy start to Syria talks in Astana though both sides back ceasefire

Syrian government and rebel negotiators exchanged barbs as talks on bolstering a shaky ceasefire got started Monday in the Kazakh capital Astana, although both sides said they were committed to...

UN: Over 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon are out of school

More than 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon have been forced out of school and into labour markets, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Monday.

Syria truce talks open in Kazakh capital Astana

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov Monday opened talks between the Syrian government and rebels aimed at consolidating a shaky ceasefire.

Syrian rivals arriving in Astana ahead of truce talks

Syrian government and opposition delegations were arriving in the Kazakh capital Astana for talks planned to start Monday, Russia's state news agency TASS and Syria's official SANA news agency...

US to attend Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan as observer

The US will attend Russia-Turkey sponsored peace talks on the conflict in Syria next week, the State Department said Saturday.

Monitor: 11 killed in bombing at Syrian refugee camp on Jordan border

At least four people were killed in a car bombing at a Syrian refugee camp near the border with Jordan on Saturday, a monitoring group reported.

Syria indefinitely extends Russia's use of air and naval bases

Russia and Syria have signed agreements to indefinitely prolong Russia's use of a naval base and an airbase on Syrian territory, according to copies of the contracts published Friday.

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing conflict there, UNESCO said Friday.

Islamic State destroys key monument, part of Roman theatre in Palmyra

Islamic State's destruction of the facade of an amphitheatre in Palmyra - just hours after using the site as the setting for a mass execution - was decried as a war crime Friday by the United...

Monitor: 43 insurgents killed in targeting airstrikes in Syria

At least 43 militant rebels were killed in strikes by unidentified jets in Aleppo in northern Syria in the latest such attacks in the war-wracked country, a monitoring group reported Friday.

Syria's al-Assad hopes Astana talks will lead to dialogue with rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he hopes that peace talks planned next week in Astana will set the scene for a future dialogue between his government and opposition groups.

Syrian government, opposition decide teams for peace talks in Astana

Syria's ambassador to the UN will lead his country's delegation to Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks in Astana, while a top figure in the hardline Army of Islam faction will lead the...

Russia: US wanted to use Islamic State to overthrow Syria's Assad

The United States and its allies hoped to take advantage of groups they themselves designated as terrorists

Russia invites incoming US administration to Syria peace talks

The incoming US administration led by Donald Trump is invited to take part in Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels going to Astana but won't talk politics, official says

A Syrian rebel official Monday said that most rebel groups had agreed to take part in Russian- and Turkish-backed peace talks due to start in the Kazakh capital Astana next week, but would not...