SYRIA CRISIS

  • Car bombing in central Syria kills 34 June 20, 2014

    Damascus: A powerful car bombing on Friday in a governmentheld village in central Syria killed at least 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others, Syria's staterun news agency and an opposition activist group said. SANA said that the explosion went off in Horrah village in the countryside near the central...
  • Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: Researcher December 13, 2013

    Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc The hackers infiltrated the ministries' computer networks by sending emails to staff containing tainted files with titles such as...
  • Syria crisis: A generation in peril October 20, 2013

    More than two million people have fled their homeland since civil war broke out in Syria more than two years ago. ...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar alAssad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Western envoys say countries agreed on UNSC resolution on Syria, Russia denies it September 26, 2013

    Envoys from the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain have come to an agreement on the core of a UN Security Council resolution to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, three Western diplomats said on Wednesday, but Russia denied such an accord had been reached and insisted work was...
  • Syria discloses some details of its chemical arsenal to arms watchdog, more to come September 21, 2013

    Syria gave details of some of its chemical weapons to a UN-backed arms watchdog at The Hague on Friday but needs to fill in gaps by next week to launch a rapid disarmament operation that may avert US air strikes. At the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the agency...
  • Want us to dispose chemical weapons? Pay $1 billion dollar and take it: Bashar al-Assad September 19, 2013

    President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday it would cost about $1 billion to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons under a US-Russian deal reached last week. In an interview on the Fox News television channel, Assad said his government would dispose of its chemical weapons arsenal and it would take about...
  • Obama says Syria deal must be 'verifiable and enforceable' September 14, 2013

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he hopes talks on a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons are successful, but said he will insist any deal is "verifiable and enforceable." Obama made his comments after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber...
  • Syria ready to abandon chemical weapons 'because of Russia, not US threats' September 13, 2013

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he would only finalise plans to abandon his chemical arsenal when the United States stopped threatening to attack him, in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global treaty on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed...
  • Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal September 11, 2013

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal on Tuesday to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails. In a televised address to Americans, Obama...
  • Obama may halt military strike after Syria claims it's ready to dispose chemical weapons September 10, 2013

    In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a "potentially a significant breakthrough" that could head off the threats of US air strikes that...
  • US uses Syrian videos showing use of chemical weapons to make case for military action September 9, 2013

    The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Kerry said the videos make clear that...
  • Where G20 members stand on US military action against Syria September 7, 2013

    President Barack Obama had mixed results as he lobbied members of the G20 leading world economies to bolster international support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Here is where members of the G20 stand on intervention in Syria: AUSTRALIA Called, in a joint statement...
  • Obama seeks world leaders' support for military strike on Syria September 6, 2013

    President Barack Obama pressed fellow world leaders on Thursday to support a US-led strike on Syria, but he ran into opposition from Russia, China and even the European Union - which condemned the deadly recent chemical weapons attack in Bashar Assad's country but declared it too soon for military action. "The...
  • The Last Word: Are there real grounds for action against Syria? September 5, 2013

    The Western powers are pushing for air strikes in Syria after 1500 people were killed in the chemical attacks in the country in August. The questions are now being raised about the real grounds behind the strikes in Syria....
  • Strikes on Syria will be limited and won't lead to bigger war: France to India September 5, 2013

    France's Ambassador Francois Richier met with Senior MEA officials on Tuesday to convince India of the need to launch punitive strikes on Syria. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Suhasini Haidar, he said the strikes will be limited and will not lead to a bigger war. ...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle September 5, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution. In a possible sign of internal unrest in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy September 5, 2013

    A potential showdown over Syria between US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin could overshadow a meeting of world leaders on Thursday on how to revive the global economy. At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace outside St. Petersburg, the Group of 20 developed and developing...
  • Obama wins backing for strike on Syria from key figures in US Congress September 4, 2013

    President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement...
  • Russian President warns West against taking action in Syria without UNSC backing September 4, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a UN resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel...
  • What would a war on Syria mean for India and the World? September 4, 2013

    Israel's joint missile test in the Mediterraneam Sea raised fear of an attack on Syria. The world was spooked after Russia on Tuesday detected the launch of two ballistic "objects". The Indian markets plunged 650 points and the rupee breached 68 marks against the US dollar following the reports. ...
  • Syria crisis: Ballistic objects detected in Mediterranean September 3, 2013

    Reuters on Tuesday quoted sources in the Israel defence ministry saying "Israel may have conducted a missile test jointly with the US." ...
  • Markets, rupee crash due to fears over syria September 3, 2013

    The sensex on Tuesday plunged almost 670 points to close at 18,234. The rupee too breached 68 to the dollar after a 3 day rally. ...
  • Syrian intervention: No desirable outcomes August 29, 2013

    It would be easy to forget that Syria was among the first countries to flare up in the Arab Spring. In March 2011, street protests over the detention of schoolboys in Darraa grew so quickly, that most predicted Assad would go quicker than Gaddafi or Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh...
  • Watch: Father, son reunite after chemical attack in Syria August 29, 2013

    An amateur video shows the reunion of a man with his son several days after the alleged chemical attack in Damascus in Syria took place. ...
  • UNSC fails to agree on military action against Syria August 29, 2013

    The five permanent members of the Security Council have failed to reach consensus on military action against Syrian regime. ...
  • Gold at all-time high of Rs 34,500 per 10 grams on weak rupee August 28, 2013

    Gold prices zoomed to a record high of Rs 34,500 per 10 gram with a biggest ever single day surge of Rs 2,500 in opening trade in bullion market on Wednesday amid the rupee hitting historic low of 68.75 a dollar. The current upsurge surpassed its record price of Rs 32,975...
  • Syria: US, European powers signal intervention in the war-torn country August 28, 2013

    In the aftermath of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, the United States and other European powers have signalled intervention in the war-torn country. ...
  • Syria allows UN to inspect chemical attack sites; US questions credibility August 26, 2013

    Days after an alleged chemical attack left over thousands of people dead in Syria, the government has agreed to allow United Nations officials to inspect the site of the attack on Monday. However, the White House has now said that the offer has come too late for it to...
  • Syria: Over 1000 killed in alleged gas attacks, US demands probe August 22, 2013

    Over 1000 people on Wednesday gassed to death near Damascus in Syria. Reports say the attacks were part of an attempt to drive out rebel forces opposing President Bashar alAssad. ...