- Ordeal ends for Syria nuns, part of prisoners deal Updated: Mar-10-14 4:28 pm
- Syrian rebels release nuns held since December Updated: Mar-09-14 8:13 pm
- Militant grip transforms, terrorizes Syrian city Updated: Mar-07-14 11:47 am
- Syria's Assad hails Russia's takeover of Crimea Updated: Mar-07-14 7:41 am
- Battle for Syrian rebel town erases Lebanon border Updated: Mar-06-14 4:31 pm
- UN panel extends Syria blame to world powers Updated: Mar-05-14 9:50 am
- Israeli army fires on militants on Syrian border Updated: Mar-05-14 3:11 am
- From Riyadh to Beirut, fear of Syria blowback Updated: Feb-28-14 4:10 pm
- Angry funeral held for man over anti-Shiite song Updated: Feb-27-14 12:37 pm
- Sunni anger in Lebanon against army grows Updated: Feb-25-14 10:00 am
- UN demands humanitarian aid for all of Syria Updated: Feb-22-14 4:02 pm
- As Syria threat expands, Obama mulls options Updated: Feb-19-14 3:28 am
- Kerry visits UAE for talks on Syria Updated: Feb-17-14 9:37 am
- Army: Jordan patrol shoots infiltrator from Syria Updated: Feb-17-14 4:40 am
- Putin backs Egypt army chief's run for president Updated: Feb-13-14 3:38 pm
- 5 things to know about chilly US-Russian relations Updated: Feb-13-14 12:32 pm
- Syria's Homs: Evacuee tells of life under siege Updated: Feb-12-14 3:51 pm
- Obama: Syria peace talks far from achieving goal Updated: Feb-11-14 12:49 pm
- Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria Updated: Feb-10-14 7:31 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian militants released Monday a group of Greek Orthodox nuns in exchange for dozens of women held in government prisons - a rare deal between Damascus and al-Qaida-linked rebels that was mediated by Qatari and Lebanese officials.
MASNA, Lebanon - Rebels in Syria freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns on Monday, ending their four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners.
BEIRUT - Once a vibrant, religiously mixed community, Syria's eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former self, terrorized by hard-line militants who have turned it into the nucleus of their vision for the Islamic caliphate they hope one day to establish in Syria and Iraq.
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad says Russia's military takeover of Crimea reflects President Vladimir Putin's "wise policy" and his efforts to restore "security and stability" in Ukraine after an "attempted coup."
ARSAL, Lebanon - Sunnis and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold - a fight that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.
GENEVA - Evidence shows chemical weapons used in two attacks came from the Syrian government's stockpiles, a panel of U.N. investigators said Wednesday in a new report that needled world powers as deserving some of the blame for the country's atrocities because of their inaction.
JERUSALEM - Israeli troops opened fire Wednesday on two suspected militants as they were trying to plant an explosive device along the frontier with Syria, the military said, blaming the incident on the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.
BISARIYEH, Lebanon - The once-tranquil, religiously mixed village of Bisariyeh is seething: Two of its young men who fought alongside the rebels in Syria recently returned home radicalized and staged suicide bombings in Lebanon.
BEIRUT - Angry mourners gathered in Beirut to bury a Sunni man, rumored to be the singer of a tune urging violent death upon Shiites, in the latest manifestation of how the war in neighboring Syria has inflamed hatreds in Lebanon that now extend even to music.
TRIPOLI, Lebanon - From radical preachers to irreverent taxi drivers, anger is spreading through Lebanon's Sunni community toward the country's military, adding a dangerous twist to Lebanon's instability, already shaken by relentless bombings.
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council united for the first time on a resolution on Syria's humanitarian crisis Saturday, demanding that President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition provide immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid to millions of people in desperate need.
WASHINGTON - For the United States, Syria's civil war is threatening to start hitting closer to home.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Abu Dhabi Monday for discussions with Emirati officials on the deteriorating situation in Syria, nuclear talks with Iran and the Middle East peace process.
AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian army spokesman says border patrols have shot and killed a gunman who opened fire at them as he and three others tried to cross in from Syria.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday wished Egypt's military chief victory in the nation's presidential vote, even though he has yet to announce his bid - a strong endorsement signaling Moscow's desire to expand its military and other ties with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON - The weather is warm at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze. Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia's top diplomat a red button labeled "reset" to symbolize how U.S. relations had thawed - even though it was mistranslated into Russian. But the event was more of a downhill slalom, than a soaring ski jump. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes hosting the Olympics will further seal his nation's status as a world power. But President Barack Obama is among several western leaders who decided not to show up.
BEIRUT - Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year military blockade, according to a rare first-hand account by a man evacuated during a truce this week.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says peace talks to end Syria's civil war are far from achieving their goal of halting violence and facilitating a political transition.
UNITED NATIONS - Russia is blocking Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid.