Middle East

Syria says army's top spy killed in Homs bombing

General Hassan Daabul among dozens of victims of a series of suicide attacks on military installations, says state TV.

Middle East

Suicide attacks hit security forces in Syria's Homs

At least 32 people killed - including army's top spy - after attacks on security offices in third-largest city.


In Berlin, politics trump art in Arab films

The Arab film selection at the 67th Berlinale was dominated by themes such as the Syrian War and the Palestinian cause.

by Joseph Fahim

Middle East

Syrian White Helmets cinematographer barred from US

US bars Syrian cameraman from entering to attend Oscars after documentary nomination on emergency rescuers.

Syria's Civil War

Syrian women demand justice for detainees

Demonstrators in Geneva have called for an end to the practice of enforced disappearances in war-torn Syria.

Middle East

Suicide bombs kill dozens near Syria's Al Bab

Attacks leave more than 60 people dead, day after ISIL's retreat from northern town.


Syrian opposition positive after meeting UN envoy

Opposition official praises Staffan de Mistura's 'positive ideas' at first meeting of new round of Geneva talks.

Middle East

Syria talks hit snag before opening ceremony in Geneva

Negotiations off to rocky start after opposition threatens to skip opening ceremony over disagreements.

Inside Story

Can the latest round of talks end the Syrian conflict?

Syrian government and opposition representatives are in Geneva for a new round of UN-sponsored negotiations.

Middle East

Turkey-backed rebels in 'near full control' of Al Bab

Turkey's defence minister says key town almost fully captured, but other reports say street battles still ongoing.

Middle East

Syria rebels seek 'direct negotiations' with government

Instead of negotiating in separate rooms, opposition wants face-to-face meetings with officials at Geneva talks.

Syria's Civil War

What do Syrians make of the latest Geneva peace talks?

As bombing of civilian areas continues, Syrians are pessimistic over the outcome of the Geneva talks.

Middle East

Syria talks to resume with low expectations

UN's Staffan de Mistura plays down expectations for progress as government and opposition officials gather in Geneva.


Time to tackle ISIL's millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters.

by Rami G Khouri

Syria's Civil War

After six years of war, low hopes for Syria peace talks

As officials and rebels gather in Geneva for more meetings, prospect of war ending fades with ceasefire falling apart.