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More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war

At least 115,206 people have been killed in Syria’s devastating 30-month conflict, most of them fighters from both sides, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of 115,206 people from the start of Syria’s revolution on March 18, 2011 to September…

‘Sex jihad’ almost certainly a hoax

Over the past few weeks, various media outlets have been awash with sensational stories of an alleged “sex jihad” taking place in parts of Syria controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of Muslim women, notably from Tunisia, are reportedly going to Syria to offer themselves to jihadist fighters as a sign…

Syrian government blames ‘western-backed terrorist groups’ for sarin attack

The Syrian government has accused the Obama administration and other unspecified western countries of supporting terrorist groups inside Syria and of supplying chemical agents for use in poison gas attacks launched by al-Qaida and its affiliates. In a defiant speech to the general assembly of the United Nations, Syria’s deputy…

UN inspectors in Syria conduct most dangerous chemical weapons disarmament mission in history

A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: to dismantle one of the world’s biggest chemical weapons arsenals, during a civil war, under extreme deadline pressure. In 95-degree heat, inspectors…

Assad says Syria ‘will comply’ with UN arms motion

Damascus “will comply” with a UN Security Council resolution ordering the destruction of the country’s chemical arsenal, President Bashar al-Assad told Italian channel Rai News 24. In remarks republished by Syrian state news agency SANA, Assad also said that “so long as the United States is honest,” a US-Iranian rapprochement…

UN resolution orders Syria chemical weapons destroyed

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution Friday ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. The major powers overcame a prolonged deadlock to approve the first council resolution on the conflict, which is now 30 months old with more…

Obama: Syria chemical weapons resolution ‘huge victory’ for world

US President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a UN resolution that provides for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal as “a huge victory” for the world. But Obama acknowledged legitimate concerns over the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and whether the Assad regime would live up to its…

UN experts to release comprehensive report on Syria chemical weapons attack

UN experts in Syria are investigating seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and expect to finish their work on the ground on Monday, the United Nations said on Friday. In a statement issued from the Syrian capital, where the team arrived earlier this week, the UN said the experts hoped to…

United Nations chief calls on countries to ‘stop fueling the bloodshed’ in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on states to stop sending weapons to the Syria conflict as the United States and Russia wrangled over destroying Syria’s chemical weapons. “I appeal to all states to stop fuelling the bloodshed and to end the arms flows to all parties,” Ban said…

Spanish journalist abducted in Syria

A special correspondent in Syria for the Spanish newspaper El Periodico has been kidnapped in the war-torn country, the paper announced late Monday in its online edition. “Journalist Marc Marginedas abducted in Syria”, the headline said, adding that Marginedas has been “in the hands of a rebel group since September…

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