China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria


BEIJING There is no accurate figure of the number of ethnic Uighurs who have gone to fight with militant groups in Syria, China's special envoy for the Syrian issue said on Monday, adding he hoped to return to Syria to gain a clearer picture.

Tough talks, no agreements at Merkel, Putin meeting near Berlin

MESEBERG, Germany Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during tough talks outside Berlin that ended with no clearcut progress. | Video

World, 19 Aug 2018

Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage.

World, Yemen, 18 Aug 2018

U.S. raises $300 million from allies for Syria stabilization

WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it had secured $300 million from coalition partners to help stabilize parts of Syria retaken from Islamic State, after President Donald Trump demanded that allies help carry the costs of the war.

World, 18 Aug 2018

Merkel says don't expect much from meeting with Putin

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned against expectations that her meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday will produce any breakthrough on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

World, 17 Aug 2018

Bolton to discuss arms control, Iran, Syria in talks with Russian counterpart

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton will discuss arms control treaties and Iran's role in Syria in talks with Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Geneva next week, an administration official said on Thursday.

World, 17 Aug 2018

Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

BAGHDAD Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.

World, Top News, Iraq 16 Aug 2018

Afghans, Syrians help German firms fill training vacancies

BERLIN German companies managed to attract more apprentices to on-the-job training schemes last year due to a surge in applications from asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria, data showed on Wednesday.

World, 15 Aug 2018

Lebanese Hezbollah leader says group stronger than ever

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Tuesday his group was stronger than ever and would "very soon" celebrate victory in Syria, where it has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad.

World, 15 Aug 2018

Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria's Idlib with Russia

ANKARA Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday he hoped his country and Russia could find a solution over the northern Syrian region of Idlib, a rebel-held enclave which the Syrian government says it aims to recapture. | Video

World, 14 Aug 2018

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Haj pilgrims scale Mecca mountain

Although not a part of the official Haj rituals, many Muslims scale a mountain in Mecca to a cave where it is believed Islam began. Rough cut (no reporter narration)