Attacks come after repeated violations of a truce reached in March last year.
Antony Blinken said the US position will not change until there is ‘irreversible progress towards a political solution’.
UAE’s economy ministry announces it agreed on future plans to enhance economic cooperation with war-torn Syria.
The UN human rights office says the death toll is ‘certainly an under-count’ due to a strict methodology used.
Fighting has escalated in recent days between government forces and rebels in the key southern province.
Five others were injured after gov’t shelling struck residential neighbourhoods in the village of Qastoun.
The Department of the Treasury said sanctions promote accountability for abuses committed against the Syrian people.
War monitor, rescue groups blame gov’t for attacks; death toll one of the highest since last year’s ceasefire.
The shelling, in an area controlled by Turkey-backed fighters, killed at least 13 people and injured 27.
After years of conflict, Riyadh now views Damascus as an expedient avenue to shore up broader regional interests.
Western powers dismissed the poll as ‘neither free nor fair’, while Syria’s opposition called it a ‘farce’.
President certain to win fourth term against two rivals in a vote decried by the opposition, Western nations as a sham.
Supporters of President al-Assad, expected to win another 7-year term, rush to embassy compound near Beirut to vote.
Radwan Fouad Jomaa fled Syria and settled in Denmark, but now he is being told to return to Damascus.