Syria

  • 'The Syria Dilemma': The only flaw is essays aren't arranged 09-04-2014 09:43 AM

    Simply put, there is no good option in Syria. Not only has the time passed for the international community to be able to effect an internal solution to the crisis inside the country, the geopolitical dynamics outside Syria are also changing at a rapid pace. So even if there was...
  • Syria among 'most dangerous places on Earth' for children: UNICEF 11-03-2014 12:04 PM

    The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Monday. "After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group 08-03-2014 01:02 PM

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. The US-allied kingdom has also designated as terrorist the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in...
  • NATO suspends joint mission with Russia 06-03-2014 12:27 PM

    NATO announced on Wednesday to suspend the planning for first NATO-Russia joint escort vessel mission to neutralise Syria's chemical weapons. "Russia will not be involved in the escort of the US vessel (Cape Ray)," which will neutralise Syria's chemical weapons, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was quoted as saying...
  • Taliban not serious about talks: Sartaj Aziz 27-02-2014 05:18 PM

    Pakistan's targeted military action against militants in Waziristan will be beneficial in the long run as the Taliban are not serious about peace talks, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday. His remarks came amid speculation that the government is on the...
  • UNSC unanimously approves Syria aid access resolution 23-02-2014 09:58 AM

    The UN Security Council achieved rare unity to act on Syria's civil war on Saturday when Russia and China supported adoption of a resolution to boost aid access in Syria that threatens to take "further steps" in the case of non-compliance. Russia, supported by China, has shielded its ally Syria...
  • Watch: SOS Mayday conducted a social experiment to see if strangers would help a boy shivering in the cold at a bus stop in Norway 22-02-2014 12:46 PM

    Would you give your jacket, gloves, scarf or anything warm to protect a random child from shivering in the cold? That's the theme of SOS Mayday's recent ad campaign. The viral ad, which has been viewed more than eight million times, features an 11-year-old boy sitting on a bus stop...
  • Pakistani activist Malala sympathises with Syrians 19-02-2014 08:15 AM

    A teenage Pakistani activist who came to the international limelight when she was shot by the Taliban said on Tuesday that the plight of Syrian refugee children deprived of proper education was a stark reminder of the "dark days" Pakistani children under their hard-line rulers. The 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai rose...
  • Young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai sympathises with Syrians 19-02-2014 07:07 AM

    Zaatari Camp (Jordan): A teenage Pakistani activist who came to the international limelight when she was shot by the Taliban said on Tuesday that the plight of Syrian refugee children deprived of proper education was a stark reminder of the "dark days" Pakistani children under their hard-line rulers. The 16-year-old...
  • UN: US, Russia to try to 'unblock' Syria stalemate 14-02-2014 08:21 AM

    Geneva: The mediator for the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks says Russia and the United States have promised to try break the deadlock. UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after meeting with senior US and Russian officials on Thursday that they have pledged to try "to unblock the situation" because "we...
  • Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria 11-02-2014 07:05 AM

    Russia is scuttling Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vowed to veto the proposed measure if necessary. Both he and China's UN ambassador...
  • Watch: Wedding salon helps Syrian refugees in Jordan reclaim normalcy 03-02-2014 10:18 AM

    A wedding salon is just amongst a few things at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan being run by Syrians for Syrians to help them reclaim normalcy after facing decades of conflict. ...
  • Syrian forces kill 83 in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo 03-02-2014 07:10 AM

    Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign that many consider a war crime. Most of the victims killed since Friday have...
  • Syria talks end first round, government not committed to return 01-02-2014 07:11 AM

    A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days. Darkening the atmosphere further, the United States and Russia clashed over the...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission 30-01-2014 05:28 PM

    The international chemical weapons watchdog will be meeting on Thursday to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by the end of June. In a note prepared last week for the behind-closed-doors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the...
  • Syria talks bring offer of exit from siege of Homs 27-01-2014 04:54 PM

    The Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged rebel city of Homs on Sunday as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitarian gestures on a second day of face-to-face talks in Geneva. Government and opposition delegates also spoke of releasing prisoners and enabling access for aid convoys...
  • Syria sides to meet but peace talks may not take off 25-01-2014 07:50 AM

    Geneva: After a day's delay and repeated bitter recriminations, the warring sides in Syria will hold their first joint meeting on Saturday to launch talks aimed at ending almost three years of conflict. In a measure of the task ahead, diplomatic sources said the first two days of talks in...
  • No headway in three year Syrian crisis at UN peace conference 23-01-2014 12:39 PM

    Talks to try and resolve the three year Syrian crisis have made no headway at the UN peace conference in Montreux. The country's government and opposition remain hostile over President Bashar Al Assad's future. The Syrian government and opposition met for the first time at the UN conference. Western countries...
  • Khurshid meets US Secretary of State, takes up Khobragade issue 22-01-2014 10:52 PM

    Montreux: After a row of bitter exchanges with the United States over the Devyani Khobragade issue, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday met the US Secretary of State John Kerry and discussed recent developments in the bilateral relations between the two nations. Upset over the Devyani Khobragade episode,...
  • Car bomb blamed on al-Qaeda kills 26 in north Syrian town 16-01-2014 12:55 PM

    Beirut: A car bomb blamed on a radical group linked to al Qaeda killed at least 26 people in a rebel-held city of northern Syria on Wednesday, an opposition monitoring group said. Hours earlier, a Belgian commander from the same al Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the...
  • Syria: 500 reported killed in rebel infighting 11-01-2014 01:36 PM

    With nearly 500 people reported killed in a week of rebel infighting, many Syrians barricaded themselves in their homes on Friday, while others emerged from mosques angrily accusing an al-Qaida-linked group of hijacking their revolution. The rebel-on-rebel clashes have overshadowed the battle against President Bashar Assad and underscore the perils...
  • Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials 08-01-2014 02:34 PM

    Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that "priority chemical materials" were transported to the port...
  • 16 books to pre-order in 2014 07-01-2014 04:34 PM

    Heads-up for autumn/winter 2016, when Aleph will publish the much-anticipated novel A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth. Less than 24 months to give A Suitable Boy another go, people! 1. The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Hachette A new David Mitchell book is an event, at par with a Christopher Nolan...
  • Missile hits bus in Syria, 10 killed 01-01-2014 11:51 AM

    Beirut: A missile struck a bus on Tuesday in a rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, setting it on fire and killing at least 10 people, activists said. Another missile stuck nearby in the al-Bab area of Aleppo as residents rushed to carry out the wounded from...
  • Syria most dangerous country for media in 2013, 126 dead worldwide: Report 21-12-2013 02:07 PM

    A total of 126 journalists and other media workers around the world have died on the job this year, with Syria the most dangerous place to work for the second year in a row, the International News Safety Institute said on Friday. That was 21 fewer than last year, but...
  • 71 journalists killed across the world in 2013 19-12-2013 12:22 PM

    Seventy-one journalists were killed across the world, including India in 2013, Reporters Without Borders said in a report on Wednesday. Asia topped the list with 24 deaths of newspersons in connection with their work, said the report by the international media group. It said 39 per cent of the deaths...
  • Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: Researcher 13-12-2013 07:38 AM

    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...
  • Weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize 10-12-2013 07:19 PM

    Recalling the "burning, blinding and suffocating" horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday. Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said such toxic tools of warfare have an "especially nefarious...
  • Norway, Denmark agree to transport Syria's chemical weapons 07-12-2013 12:23 PM

    Norway and Denmark will work together in transporting Syria's chemical weapons for destruction, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Friday. "Based on decisions by the United Nations Security Council and the OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Norway and Denmark have agreed to offer a joint contribution to...
  • Hezbollah says commander killed in Beirut, blames Israel 05-12-2013 12:58 PM

    A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria's civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon on Wednesday in a killing which the militant Shi'ite Muslim group blamed on Israel. Hassan al-Laqqis was shot in the head from close range by a silenced gun as he arrived home at...