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Syria army steps up operations in Aleppo, Damascus
Syria army steps up operations in Aleppo, Damascus

Syria's army rained shells on rebel bastions in and around Damascus Tuesday and sent extra troops to second city Aleppo, as a watchdog said the death toll from 18 months of violence now topped 31,000.

Syria army steps up operations in Aleppo, Damascus
Arab and LatAm leaders agree to investment bank
Arab and LatAm leaders agree to investment bank

Latin American and Arab leaders agreed to form a joint investment bank during a summit in Peru at which they also discussed the increasingly bloody civil war in Syria.

Arab and LatAm leaders agree to investment bank
Air strike kills children as Syrian war rages
Air strike kills children as Syrian war rages

Shelling and air raids killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children, on Monday, a watchdog said, while rebels and loyalists fought close-quarter battles in Aleppo's main souk.

Air strike kills children as Syrian war rages
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. ©REUTERS
Iran warns against Syrian use of chemical weapons

Iran on Monday added its voice to warnings against Syria ever using chemical weapons in its increasingly large-scale war with anti-government insurgents.

Iran warns against Syrian use of chemical weapons
Zaatri refugee camp. ©REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Jordanian thirst for water grows

"I wish I could live at the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp because there is water there," a Jordanian man says, frustrated that he has not had any tap water of his own in months.

Jordanian thirst for water grows
Syrian activists to plead for more help to oust Assad
Syrian activists to plead for more help to oust Assad

Syrian grassroots activists working to run field hospitals and repair fuel lines will Friday urge world leaders to do more to help a stricken people caught up in the battle to oust the Assad regime.

Syrian activists to plead for more help to oust Assad
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Syria army HQ bombed as leaders at UN clamor for peace

Two bombs struck the Syrian army headquarters in the heart of Damascus Wednesday, as Hillary Clinton appealed for the "paralyzed" UN Security Council to find a way to end the conflict.

Syria army HQ bombed as leaders at UN clamor for peace
Qatar calls for Arab intervention in Syria
Qatar calls for Arab intervention in Syria

The emir of Qatar has called for an Arab intervention in Syria and a no-fly zone to protect refugees as President Bashar al-Assad's forces stepped up the battle for Aleppo.

Qatar calls for Arab intervention in Syria
West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN
West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN

Western and Arab leaders ramped up the pressure on Syria and Iran at the United Nations on Tuesday, as US President Barack Obama vowed to keep Tehran from getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN
Obama to lead international assault on Syria at UN
Obama to lead international assault on Syria at UN

US President Barack Obama will lead Western demands for action on the Syrian civil war at the start of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Obama to lead international assault on Syria at UN
Envoy says Syria worsening as Assad clings to power
Envoy says Syria worsening as Assad clings to power

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday there is no end in sight for Syria's war as President Bashar al-Assad clings to power, while his forces reportedly pounded rebels, killing at least seven children.

Envoy says Syria worsening as Assad clings to power
Syria aircraft pound rebels as they claim control
Syria aircraft pound rebels as they claim control

Regime aircraft hammered insurgent bastions nationwide on Sunday as rebels said they now control most of the country and have moved their command centre from Turkey to "liberated areas" inside Syria.

Syria aircraft pound rebels as they claim control
Giants EU, China meet in 'challenging' times
Giants EU, China meet in 'challenging' times

Global giants the European Union and China meet at a Brussels summit on Thursday under pressure to bolster slowing economic growth and tackle tough international dilemmas.

Giants EU, China meet in 'challenging' times
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Syrian regime plans to use chemical weapons: report

The Syrian regime plans to deploy chemical weapons against its own people "as a last resort", the former head of Syria's chemical arsenal told The Times newspaper in an interview published Wednesday.

Syrian regime plans to use chemical weapons: report
Chaos turns Syria into paradise for kidnappers
Chaos turns Syria into paradise for kidnappers

Every time violence intensifies in Syria, so do abductions of civilians, for political reasons and more often for financial gain.

Chaos turns Syria into paradise for kidnappers
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Syrian army tested chemical weapons system: German press

The Syrian army has tested a chemical weapons delivery system, firing shells at a research centre in its northwestern desert region, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported Monday citing "witnesses".

Syrian army tested chemical weapons system: German press
Syria clashes rage, UN deplores 'gross' rights abuses
Syria clashes rage, UN deplores 'gross' rights abuses

UN officials have denounced gross human rights violations by both sides in Syria, as fighting rages in the second city Aleppo with the army claiming to have secured much of a strategic district.

Syria clashes rage, UN deplores 'gross' rights abuses
Rebels say Syria envoy's mission doomed
Rebels say Syria envoy's mission doomed

Fighting raged in Syria's two biggest cities on Sunday as UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi ended his first visit to the country on a peace mission a rebel commander said was doomed to fail.

Rebels say Syria envoy's mission doomed
Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees
Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Sunday called for Syria's neighbours to keep their borders open to refugees, during a visit to a refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

Jolie in Iraq urges open borders for Syria refugees
Pope brings peace message to Lebanon as Mideast burns
Pope brings peace message to Lebanon as Mideast burns

Pope Benedict XVI arrives on Friday for a three-day visit to Lebanon, a Middle Eastern country riven by sectarian tensions as fighting rages next door in Syria.

Pope brings peace message to Lebanon as Mideast burns