Rare glimpse of Assad family ties to Russia in kids' stay at seaside camp


SEVASTOPOL, Crimea News that Russia hosted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a lavishly-rebuilt Black Sea summer camp in Crimea last year has given a rare glimpse into the personal lives of the Syrian president's family and his close relationship to Moscow.

Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

BEIRUT/AMMAN The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another.

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Despite strikes, Syria's Assad can still wage chemical attacks: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON U.S. assessments following the U.S., British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, four U.S. officials told Reuters.

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U.N. team fired upon in Syria while visiting suspected chemical sites

THE HAGUE/BEIRUT A U.N. security team came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in. | Video

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Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, saying economic challenges and the war in Syria meant Turkey must switch quickly to the powerful executive presidency that goes into effect after the vote. | Video

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Russia's Lavrov to hold talks with U.N. Syria envoy

MOSCOW/GENEVA Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with the United Nation's Syria peace envoy, Staffan de Mistura, on Friday, the RIA news agency reported, citing the foreign ministry.

World, 18 Apr 2018

Syrian rescuers give OPCW team locations of suspected attack graves

BEIRUT The Syrian "White Helmets" rescue organisation has pinpointed for international inspectors the places where the victims of the suspected chemical weapons attack on April 7 are buried, its head Raed Saleh said on Wednesday.

World, 18 Apr 2018

Syria says chemical weapons experts may visit Douma on Wednesday

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT Syria's U.N. ambassador said a United Nations security team travelled to the Syrian town of Douma ahead of a planned visit by global chemical weapons experts on Wednesday to look into a suspected poison gas attack that sparked a U.S.-led retaliatory strike. | Video

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Russia sees no need for U.N. inquiry into Syria toxic gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS Russia told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday there was no point establishing a new inquiry to determine blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria because the United States and its allies had already acted as judge and executioner.

World, Top News 18 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia says open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition

RIYADH Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send troops into Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen it, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.

World, 17 Apr 2018

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Strikes had limited impact on Assad: U.S. sources

American sources say the U.S., French, and British attacks on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria did not make as large a dent in President Bashar al-Assad's capabilities as White House statements suggest. Matthew Larotonda reports.