Witness

Silent War: How Rape Became a Weapon in Syria

Syrian women share personal testimonies of rape by regime soldiers.

Lebanon

Lebanon and UN in spat over Syrian refugees' return

UN is angered by Lebanon's decision to freeze renewal of residency permits for staff.

Lebanon and UN in spat over Syrian refugees' return

Middle East

Lebanon's Syrian refugees hope to go home despite UN warnings

Thousands set to head back to Qalamoun region where fighting has subsided, but many still cannot return.

Inside Story

Is the Gulf bailout enough for crisis-hit Jordan?

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait pledge $2.5bn help for cash-strapped kingdom.

Syria's War

Assad denies claims about Russia dictating his military

Western powers are prolonging the civil war in hopes of toppling the Syrian government, according to Assad.

Syria war: Assad denies claims about Russia dictating his army

Syria's War

What's next for Syria?

International actors, intra-rebel violence and tribal affiliations complicate prospects for peace in Syria.

What's next for Syria?

Syria's War

Syrian air raids 'kill 16' in rebel-held Idlib

Attacks on villages surrounding government-controlled pocket kill at least 16, including young girl, White Helmets says.

Syrian forces launch deadly air raids in Idlib

Lebanon

Lebanon freezes UNHCR staff permits over Syria refugees spat

Foreign minister accuses UN agency of 'spreading fear' and discouraging Syrian refugees from returning home.

Asia Pacific

Tensions between Lebanon and UNHCR over Syrian refugees

Lebanon has long complained of the burden it carries; officials say the refugee crisis has cost the country more than $20bn.

Syria's War

'Russian' air attacks kill dozens in Syria's Idlib

Moscow denies its role in the overnight bombing of Zardana village that killed 44 people, including six children.

Syria: 'Russian' warplanes bomb rebel-held Idlib, dozens dead

Russia

Putin: Russia military 'will stay' in Syria - but not long-term

In a televised call-in show, Russian president calls Syrian war 'a unique tool by which to improve our armed forces'.

Putin: Russia military 'will stay' in Syria - but not long-term

Middle East

Hezbollah and Iran 'to stay in Syria until it is liberated'

Lebanese parliament speaker says Hezbollah and Iran will not quit Syria until its 'territorial integrity' is regained.

Hezbollah and Iran 'to stay in Syria until it is liberated'

Middle East

Russia, Iran jostle for influence in Syria

Tensions between Damascus' allies are increasing as Moscow plans to expand troop presence in Syria war.

Inside Story

Did US-led coalition commit war crimes in Syria's Raqqa?

Coalition forces fighting ISIL are accused of killing hundreds of civilians in the Syrian city.

Syria's War

YPG announces withdrawal after US-Turkey deal

The move, long sought by Turkey, comes after top diplomats discussed the armed group's Syrian presence in Washington DC.

YPG confirms withdrawal from Syria's Manbij after Turkey-US deal