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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. ©REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
Syria foreign minister accuses US of stoking violence

Syria's foreign minister accused the United States of being the "major player" encouraging anti-government rebels, but vowed the regime would not deploy chemical weapons in an interview published Tuesday.

Syria foreign minister accuses US of stoking violence
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17 beheaded in bloody day across Afghanistan

Seventeen civilians were beheaded, 10 Afghan soldiers killed and two NATO troops shot dead in a new insider attack in a bloody few hours across Afghanistan.

17 beheaded in bloody day across Afghanistan
Assad slams anti-Syria 'conspiracy' after massacre claims
Assad slams anti-Syria 'conspiracy' after massacre claims

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the foreign "conspiracy" against his country would be defeated, as his forces were accused of a bloody rampage in a town near Damascus that left hundreds dead.

Assad slams anti-Syria 'conspiracy' after massacre claims
Nigeria's Boko Haram. Photo courtesy of onislam.net
Nigeria in back-channel talks with Islamists: official

Nigeria's government has reached out to members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram through back-channel talks in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed hundreds, the president's spokesman said Sunday.

Nigeria in back-channel talks with Islamists: official
New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task
New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task

New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that he was "scared" at the size of the task of ending the Syria conflict.

New UN envoy 'scared' by Syria conflict task
France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. ©REUTERS/Tim Chong
France says air exclusion zone in Syria possible

France indicated Thursday that it would consider supporting a partial no-fly zone over Syria, turning the screws on President Bashar al-Assad's regime as fighting rages in Damascus and second city Aleppo.

France says air exclusion zone in Syria possible
Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo
Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo

As the battle for Aleppo closes in on the historical centre in northern Syria, heritage sites in one of the world's oldest cities are being damaged and experts fear the worst is yet to come.

Heritage catastrophe looms as war engulfs Old Aleppo
Quebec student protesters eye elections
Quebec student protesters eye elections

Thousands of protesters marched against planned tuition hikes in Montreal, opposing the Liberal government of Premier Jean Charest, two weeks before parliamentary elections.

Quebec student protesters eye elections
Aleppo commander's struggle for 'clean rebellion'
Aleppo commander's struggle for 'clean rebellion'

With the thud of heavy machine guns, the whipping sound of sniper rounds and the smell of cordite filling the midnight darkness, the rebels almost didn't notice her veiled figure turning the corner.

Aleppo commander's struggle for 'clean rebellion'
Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog
Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog

The Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday got off to a bloody start in Syria, with at least 84 people dying across the country, most of them soldiers, and Damascus rocked by clashes.

Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog
Five killed in Pakistan suicide bombing: official
Five killed in Pakistan suicide bombing: official

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a check post in southwestern Pakistan overnight killing five people including three soldiers, an official said Saturday.

Five killed in Pakistan suicide bombing: official
Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy
Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy

Syrian forces launched new air strikes and shelled rebel strongholds in several key cities on Saturday, a watchdog said, after the UN named a new envoy to try to end the conflict.

Syria pounds rebel bastions as UN names new envoy
Myanmar opens new probe into deadly sectarian unrest
Myanmar opens new probe into deadly sectarian unrest

Myanmar has set up a new commission to probe sectarian clashes that saw scores killed and displaced tens of thousands.

Myanmar opens new probe into deadly sectarian unrest
Syria rebels claim jet downing as army advances
Syria rebels claim jet downing as army advances

Syrian rebels claimed they downed a fighter jet Monday in what would be a major coup for the opposition, but the regime seized the upper hand in Aleppo as it advanced into a new rebel-held district.

Syria rebels claim jet downing as army advances
Syria rebels warn they will turn to Qaeda if West fails them
Syria rebels warn they will turn to Qaeda if West fails them

With the West still refusing to arm Syria's opposition in the bloody fight against the regime, rebels in the flashpoint northern city of Aleppo warn that they could turn to Al-Qaeda for help.

Syria rebels warn they will turn to Qaeda if West fails them
Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid
Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid

A spate of bombings and gun attacks that killed at least 53 people in Iraq overshadowed preparations Friday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid warnings that insurgents could strike again.

Bombs, attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq ahead of Eid
UN ends Syria mission as Aleppo attack renewed
UN ends Syria mission as Aleppo attack renewed

The UN has called an end to its observer mission in Syria, as activists reported more bloodletting in an attack on civilians in the main battleground of Aleppo.

UN ends Syria mission as Aleppo attack renewed
Rashad Hussain. Photo courtesy of ikhwanophobia.com
US hails OIC for suspending Syria

The US commended Muslim states for suspending Syria's membership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, saying it sent a "strong message" to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

US hails OIC for suspending Syria
World Muslim body suspends Syria's membership
World Muslim body suspends Syria's membership

The 57-member OIC suspended Syria in a meeting attended by its staunch ally Iran, in a move hailed early Thursday by the United States as one that sends "a strong message" to Damascus.

World Muslim body suspends Syria's membership
US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria
US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria

The US on Tuesday accused Iran of setting up a pro-regime militia in Syria as Washington increasingly ties the crisis there to interference by its long-time foe Tehran.

US says Iran forming pro-regime militia in Syria