Syria

Children caught in the crossfire

Eminent New Zealand anthropologist, historian and author Dame Anne Salmond stated ''an ageing society that does not care for its children has a death wish''.

Syria peace talks hit more trouble

Syria peace talks hit more trouble

The United States has demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria talks in disarray amid torture claims

Syria talks in disarray amid torture claims

Syrian and international delegates have arrived in Switzerland for peace talks that few believe can succeed as the three-year-old civil war and geopolitical acrimony it has brought show no sign of abating.

Iran invitation throws Syria talks into doubt

Iran invitation throws Syria talks into doubt

An unexpected last-minute UN invitation for Iran to a peace conference on Syria has thrown the talks into doubt, with Washington demanding Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdraw his offer and the Syrian opposition threatening to pull out.

Record aid appeal for Syria launched

Record aid appeal for Syria launched

The United Nations has appealed for a record $US6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbours to help 16 million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight.

Children among Syria air attack dead

Children among Syria air attack dead

Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Deadly bomb attack at Syria government site

A bomb attack at a government building in a town on the outskirts of Damascus has killed 31 soldiers, a monitoring group that documents Syrian battlefield developments says.

Syria chemical equipment destroyed

Syria chemical equipment destroyed

Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog says.

Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split

Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split

International powers are unlikely to meet their goal of convening peace talks on Syria in Geneva next month as differences emerge between Washington and Moscow over opposition representation, Arab and Western officials said.

Destruction of Syria chemical weapons starts

Destruction of Syria chemical weapons starts

A team of international experts has begun the process of destroying Syria's chemical gas arsenal, an official on the mission says.

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