UN Syria envoy to meet Russian on Monday; no trilateral with US

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Apr 20 : The UN mediator for Syria said today he would hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva on Monday, and that the United States had declined to take part in any trilateral meeting for now. They will evaluate discussions in the Kazakh capital Astana, planned […]

Death toll from Aleppo bus convoy bomb attack at least 126 – Observatory

By John Davison BEIRUT, Apr 16 : The death toll from a bomb attack on a crowded bus convoy outside Aleppo has reached at least 126 in the deadliest such incident in Syria in almost a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said today. The Observatory and the United Nations cited reports […]

Bombing of Syrian bus convoy kills, wounds dozens outside Aleppo

By John Davison BEIRUT, Apr 15 : A bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to cross into government-held Aleppo in Syria today, killing and wounding dozens of people evacuated from two Shi’ite villages the day before in a deal between warring sides. The agreement had stalled, leaving thousands of people from both government-besieged and […]

Bombing of Syrian bus convoy kills, wounds dozens outside Aleppo

By John Davison BEIRUT, Apr 15 : A bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to cross into government-held Aleppo in Syria today, killing and wounding dozens of people evacuated from two Shi’ite villages the day before in a deal between warring sides. The agreement had stalled, leaving thousands of people from both government-besieged and […]

Evacuation of Syrian rebels, Shi’ite villagers begins under swap deal

By Laila Bassam and John Davison BEIRUT, Apr 14 : Buses evacuated thousands of people from two rebel-besieged Shi’ite villages in northwest Syria today and rebels began to leave two towns near Damascus with their families, under a deal between the government and insurgents. Similar agreements have been reached in recent months, with Syrian rebels […]

Russia blocks UN Security Council condemnation of Syria attack

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12 : Russia blocked a Western effort at the UN Security Council today to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow’s ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident. It was the eighth time during Syria’s six-year-old civil war that Moscow […]