Bashar al-Assad

U.N. Invites Warring Parties to Syria Talks This Week

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Tom Perry and Tom Miles AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 27  – The United Nations invited Syria’s government and opposition to peace talks in Geneva on Friday, but Saudi-backed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad have yet to decide whether to drop their objections to taking part. The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,

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Syria Peace Talks Stalled Over Who Represents Opposition

By Lisa Barrington and David Brunnstrom BEIRUT/VIENTIANE, Jan 25 – Syrian peace talks meant to begin this week were stalled on Monday partly over the question of who would represent the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he expected clarity within a day or two, and expressed support for

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Syria’s Opposition to Meet Tuesday, Blames Russia for “Obstacles”

BEIRUT, Jan 25 – Syria’s opposition will meet on Tuesday to discuss U.N.-led efforts to convene delayed peace talks, an opposition spokesman said, repeating a call for goodwill steps from the government including a halt to bombardments before any talks happen. The United Nations is trying to convene the first talks in two years to

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Syrian Government Forces Retake Key Town in Latakia

BEIRUT, Jan 24 – Syrian pro-government forces recaptured the rebel-held town of Rabiya in the western coastal province of Latakia on Sunday, Syrian state television and a Britain-based monitoring group said. The advance was backed by Russian air strikes and was directed partly by Russian officers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It would

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Talks May be Delayed

By John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA, Jan 21 – Internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on Jan. 25 may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table, the United Nations envoy said on Wednesday. A Syrian opposition council backed by

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Syrian Opposition Figure Says Jan. 25 Talks Not Realistic

BEIRUT, Jan 14 – A prominent Syrian opposition politician said on Thursday he thought it unrealistic that peace talks will begin on Jan. 25 in Geneva as planned unless sieges are lifted and humanitarian aid for civilians allowed in. A U.N envoy had earlier said the talks were still on schedule. “I personally do not

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Mobile Clinics, Medical Teams Needed in Madaya – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 12 – The World Health Organization has asked the Syrian government for permission to send mobile clinics and medical teams to the besieged town of Madaya to assess the extent of malnutrition and evacuate the worst cases, its representative said on Tuesday. An aid convoy on Monday brought the first

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Security Council Discusses Starvation in Beseiged Syrian Towns

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 – The U.N. Security Council was discussing the besieged towns of Syria on Monday after reports emerged that tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped for months without supplies and are starving to death. “New Zealand and Spain called for today’s Security Council meeting on the situation in theSyrian town

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Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on Peace Talks After Russian Bombing

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 11 – Syria’s opposition co-ordinator Riad Hijab accused Russia of killing dozens of children after a bombing raid on Monday and said such action meant the opposition could not negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 Syrian school children

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Russia’s Putin Says Syria Needs a New Constitution

By Denis Pinchuk and Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW, Jan 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian

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