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  1. Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

    Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been removed from the increasingly unstable region.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  2. This photo taken on Oct. 30, 2013, shows employees in protective gear holding a dummy grenade during a demonstration at a chemical weapons disposal facility of GEKA in Munster, northern Germany. Syria has surrendered or destroyed nearly a third of its chemical arsenal but remains behind on its international obligations, the head of the disarmament mission told the world's chemical watchdog on Tuesday. Philipp Guelland / AFP via Getty Images

    Disarmament chief: Syria chemicals deadline achievable

    The Dutch diplomat leading an international mission to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program said Tuesday the pace of removing chemicals from the civil war-torn country is picking up and an end-of-June deadline for total destruction of the program is

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  3. Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and waving national flags take part in a rally Wednesday to show their support to the government in the capital Damascus. AFP via Getty Images

    As Syria threat expands, Obama mulls options

    For the United States, Syria's civil war is threatening to start hitting closer to home.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  4. A man carries a child following a reported air strike Monday by Syrian government forces in the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Zein al-Rifai / AFP via Getty Images

    Kerry accuses Assad of stonewalling in peace talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  5. Watchdog: Syria ships 3rd batch of chemical arms

    A watchdog agency says Syria has shipped third batch of chemical weapons material out of its territory.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  6. Syrian government to take part in peace talks

    The Syrian government announced Friday it will take part in a second round of peace talks in Geneva next week, as a first batch of civilians prepared to leave besieged rebel-held areas in a battleground Syrian city under an evacuation deal struck with the

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  7. U.N. tells Syria to hurry on chemical weapons disposal

    The U.N. Security Council called on Syria Thursday to speed up the removal of its most harmful chemical weapons agents from the country, expressing 'growing concern' at several missed deadlines.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  8. A woman and her children stand scared outside their home following a reported Syrian government forces air strike Tuesday in the northern city of Aleppo. Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad's forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country's nearly 3-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said. Fadi al-Halabi / AFP via Getty Images

    U.N. report details impact of war on Syrian children

    Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad's forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him, according to a new United Nations report.

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  9. The MV Cape Ray will host the neutralization of 700 tons of chemical weapons. Mike Morones / Staff

    U.S. ship ready to help destroy Syrian chem weapons

    A U.S. cargo ship prepared to sail Monday on a mission to destroy dozens of containers of deadly chemical weapons being removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle that country's poison gas and nerve agent program.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
  10. U.S. resumes nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

    The United States has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, officials said Monday, more than a month after al-Qaida-linked militants seized warehouses and prompted a sudden cutoff of Western supplies to the rebels.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
  11. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs correspondents Jan. 19 at the U.N. headquarters in New York on the decision by the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Armed Forces to participate in the upcoming Geneva Conference on Syria. Emmanuel Dunand / AP

    U.N. rescinds invitation to Iran to attend Syria peace talks

    A last-minute U.N. invitation for Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks threw the long-awaited Geneva conference into doubt Monday, forcing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind his offer under intense U.S.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  12. Syrian opposition issues ultimatum on peace talks

    Syria's main Western-backed opposition group said Monday that Iran must commit publicly within hours to withdraw its 'troops and militias' from Syria and abide by a 2012 transitional roadmap, or else the U.N.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  13. U.S. ship prepping for Syrian chemical arms mission

    A cargo ship is being outfitted in Virginia with sophisticated technology capable of destroying Syria's chemical weapons.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  14. UN finds systematic disappearances in Syria

    A U.N. panel probing war crimes in Syria reported Thursday that people around the country are systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians.

    • Dec. 19, 2013
  15. Hagel: U.S. continues support of Syrian moderates

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the U.S. will continue to support the moderate opposition in Syria, but non-lethal aid will be suspended until the U.S.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  16. Rebel fighters battle with Syrian pro-government forces Wednesday in Aleppo. Medo Halab / AFP via Getty Images

    Syrian rebel spokesman decries U.S., UK aid decision

    A U.S.-British decision to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria was taken impulsively and in haste, a spokesman for Syria's main Western-backed rebel group said Thursday, adding that he hoped it would soon be reversed.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  17. A rebel fighter aims his weapon as he stands amidst snow during clashes Wednesday with Syrian pro-government forces in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Medo Halab / AFP

    U.S. suspends non-lethal aid to northern Syria

    The United States has suspended all non-lethal assistance destined for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's forces in northern Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, citing fears the aid could fall into the hands of al-Qaida linked militants.

    • Dec. 11, 2013
  18. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference Monday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations human rights chief says there is mounting evidence that Syrian government officials, including President Bashar Assad, are responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Pillay says a U.N. panel investigating abuses in Syria's civil war has produced 'massive evidence' of crimes that 'indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state.' Salvatore Di Nolfi / AP

    Syria crimes evidence 'indicates' Assad role, U.N. says

    A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday.

    • Dec. 2, 2013
  19. Syrian Muslim rebel groups say they have unified

    Powerful Syrian Islamic rebel brigades announced Friday their merger into a single organization, a step meant to hold off surging government forces and stop rival groups from seizing more opposition-held territory.

    • Nov. 22, 2013
  20. Opposition fighters from the Thu Al-Nurein brigade prepare to fire a homemade cannon in Syria's northern city of Aleppo during clashes Wednesday with government forces. Nur Halab / AFP via Getty Images

    EU president says no military solution in Syria

    The conflict in Syria cannot be resolved by military means and the EU is working hard to bring about a negotiated political solution, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said Thursday.

    • Nov. 21, 2013
  21. Watchdog: Syrian weapons destruction at sea possible

    Destroying Syria's stockpile of poison gas and nerve agents at sea is a possible alternative to finding a country willing to host the destruction, a spokesman for the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 20, 2013
  22. Lebanese citizens carry a dead body Tuesday after two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy, killing many, in Beirut, Lebanon. The area is a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group, which is a main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war next door. It's not clear if the blasts are related to Syria's civil war. Hussein Malla / AP

    Suicide blasts near Iran Embassy in Beirut kill 23

    Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese group Hezbollah's su

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  23. A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighbourhood during fighting Monday against Syrian government forces. An estimated 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria's civil war. Karam al-Masri / AFP via Getty Images

    Russian official: Syrian opposition warms up to talks

    Russia on Tuesday urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to cooperate with the opposition in fighting 'terrorists' and encouraged the regime to speed up the deliveries of humanitarian aid to the population — a call that reflects Moscow's attempt

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  24. No EU nation candidate to destroy Syria gas

    Not a single European Union nation came forward on Monday offering to host the destruction of Syria's poison gas stockpile, with many instead calling for the arsenal to be eradicated close to Syria itself.

    • Nov. 18, 2013
  25. Syria-based groups say talks may be 'last chance'

    A coalition of Syria-based opposition groups warned Monday that a proposed international peace conference to negotiate an end to the three-year conflict might be the 'last chance' for a solution.

    • Nov. 11, 2013
  26. Inspectors verify 22 of Syria's 23 chemical sites

    International experts have verified all but one of Syria's 23 declared chemical weapons sites after receiving video and photographic evidence that shows a facility near the contested northern city of Aleppo has been dismantled and abandoned, the inspector

    • Nov. 7, 2013
  27. Struggle for Syria talks comes as aid needs spike

    Diplomats ran into repeated hurdles Tuesday in their efforts to convene a peace conference on Syria this year.

    • Nov. 5, 2013

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