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Vowing to 'destroy terrorists,' France adopts words of war
Vowing to 'destroy terrorists,' France adopts words of war

With its talk of "destroying" enemies and confronting "jihadi terrorists", France has adopted a language of war for its intervention in Mali that few expected from Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Vowing to 'destroy terrorists,' France adopts words of war
Syria rebels planning to break Aleppo deadlock
Syria rebels planning to break Aleppo deadlock

Rebels trying to break a months-long deadlock in their battle for Syria's second city Aleppo say they are cutting supply routes ahead of simultaneous assaults on regime bases.

Syria rebels planning to break Aleppo deadlock
Campus blasts kill at least 82 in Syria's Aleppo
Campus blasts kill at least 82 in Syria's Aleppo

Twin blasts ripped through university buildings in Syria's second city Aleppo on Tuesday killing at least 82 people and wounding scores more, on the first day of exams for students.

Campus blasts kill at least 82 in Syria's Aleppo
Factories close, workers flee: Syria industry losing steam
Factories close, workers flee: Syria industry losing steam

Once cogs in a dynamic industrial engine that helped power Syria's economy, the factories in a sprawling zone in the heart of battle-ravaged Aleppo now stand largely silent, the workers mostly fled.

Factories close, workers flee: Syria industry losing steam
France faces tough, potentially long, fight in Mali
France faces tough, potentially long, fight in Mali

French forces intervening in Mali are facing a determined, experienced and well-armed foe and will not be able to quickly count on the backing of an organised African ground force.

France faces tough, potentially long, fight in Mali
Bloodiest day in years for Pakistan as blasts kill 115
Bloodiest day in years for Pakistan as blasts kill 115

A string of bombings in Pakistan including a twin suicide attack on a snooker hall used by Shiite Muslims has left 115 people dead, in one of the nation's deadliest days in years.

Bloodiest day in years for Pakistan as blasts kill 115
New Syria newspaper fights 'lies of war'
New Syria newspaper fights 'lies of war'

Truth is said to be the first casualty of war, but Khaled al-Khatib and a small group of journalists running a new newspaper in Syria's rebel-held territories are determined to keep the patient alive.

New Syria newspaper fights 'lies of war'
Syria's other struggle: balancing sharia and justice
Syria's other struggle: balancing sharia and justice

In the heart of Syria's rebel territory, away from the blasts and bullets of the frontlines, another struggle is playing out: one for a new justice system that could shape the future face of the country should the regime fall.

Syria's other struggle: balancing sharia and justice
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meets International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. ©REUTERS
Syria's Alawite area Assad's last resort: analysts

The last option for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, who is determined not to back down after 21 months of deadly conflict, is to battle to the end from a fortified Alawite statelet, analysts believe.

Syria's Alawite area Assad's last resort: analysts
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. ©REUTERS
Australia warns citizens against fighting in Syria

Australians who take part in the fighting in Syria face up to 20 years in jail, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr said Friday after a Melbourne man was reportedly killed in the conflict.

Australia warns citizens against fighting in Syria
Syria conflict kills 60,000, says UN, as clashes rage
Syria conflict kills 60,000, says UN, as clashes rage

More than 60,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, the UN said on Wednesday, as dozens more died or were wounded when an air strike hit a service station near Damascus.

Syria conflict kills 60,000, says UN, as clashes rage
Syria ushers in New Year with more violence
Syria ushers in New Year with more violence

Syrians woke up to air strikes near Damascus on New Year's Day and the closure of Aleppo airport after repeated rebel attacks, casting doubts on efforts to end the 21-month conflict.

Syria ushers in New Year with more violence
UN chief condemns 'escalating' violence in Pakistan
UN chief condemns 'escalating' violence in Pakistan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Sunday he was "appalled by the escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan," after 19 Shiite pilgrims died in a car bomb and 21 kidnapped soldiers were killed.

UN chief condemns 'escalating' violence in Pakistan
Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO
Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday seized a district of the central city of Homs after a fierce assault that sparked a humanitarian crisis.

Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO
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S. Sudan 'armed groups' attack disputed area: Khartoum

"Armed groups" from South Sudan clashed with Arab tribesmen in Samaha, a flashpoint border region disputed by Khartoum and Juba.

S. Sudan 'armed groups' attack disputed area: Khartoum
Syrian deputy FM Muqdad begins talks in Russia
Syrian deputy FM Muqdad begins talks in Russia

A Syrian government delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad on Thursday began talks at the Russian foreign ministry on the crisis in the country.

Syrian deputy FM Muqdad begins talks in Russia
UN, US concern as C. Africa rebels close in on capital
UN, US concern as C. Africa rebels close in on capital

The UN is evacuating staff from the Central African Republic and the US has warned its citizens to leave as rebel fighters close in on the tense capital Bangui.

UN, US concern as C. Africa rebels close in on capital
UAE supports 'non-sectarian' change in Syria: FM
UAE supports 'non-sectarian' change in Syria: FM

The UAE supports a "non-sectarian" change in power in war-hit Syria, the WAM official news agency quoted the Gulf state's foreign minister as saying after he met with a top Syrian opposition leader.

UAE supports 'non-sectarian' change in Syria: FM
Three Afghans killed in suicide attack on US base
Three Afghans killed in suicide attack on US base

A suicide car bombing hit a US-run base in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing at least three Afghans and wounding seven others.

Three Afghans killed in suicide attack on US base
Syrian regime 'has no future' says US
Syrian regime 'has no future' says US

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held "constructive" talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, as Washington warned Monday that his regime's days are numbered.

Syrian regime 'has no future' says US