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The UN will host a new round of peace talks on Syria next week in Vienna, just days before Russia opens a conference on ending the war.

The Syrian opposition has announced their intention to attend the UN peace talks in Vienna, previously held in Geneva

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Paul Iddon

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, reports Paul Iddon.

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

The New Arab

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

Russia's UN ambassador said he hoped the UN-led talks on Syria would 'reinvigorate' the peace process, ahead of Sochi.

Turkey summons Russia, Iran ambassadors as Syria violates agreement

The New Arab

Turkey summons Russia, Iran ambassadors as Syria violates agreement

Ankara has called the Russian and Iranian envoys hoping to relay a message to Syria as troops advance in a violation of the ...

The New Arab

Syria airstrikes kill children as UN aid chief visit

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ten children were among 24 people killed in airstrikes on a rebel enclave near the Syrian capital on Tuesday.

The New Arab

Syrian groups urge UN to shun Russia peace talks

The UN's attendance at Russia-led Syria talks in Sochi would add credibility to a process that could entrench President Bashar al-Assad in ...

The New Arab

Syrian rebel groups reject Russia's Sochi conference

Syrian rebel groups rejected the planned Sochi conference claiming that Moscow is hoping to bypass the UN-led peace talks

Ruth Riegler

Putin's Israel outreach could signal big policy changes ahead

Putin's push to end Syria's war could see Russia pursue a more pragmatic approach to regional issues, which will likely see Iran dumped in ...

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for the Middle East?

James M. Dorsey

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for the Middle East?

Saudi Arabia's plans for nuclear power have been in part influenced by arch-rival Iran's drive to enrich uranium, which setts a dangerous ...

The New Arab & agencies

New peace talks on Syria begin in Astana

Delegations from stakeholders Russia, Iran and Turkey, along with Syrian regime representatives and an opposition delegation have arrived in ...

UN renews life-saving aid to Syrian opposition, Russia abstains

The New Arab & agencies

UN renews life-saving aid to Syrian opposition, Russia abstains

The UN Security Council has voted to renew life-saving cross-border aid to rebel-held areas in Syria despite Russia arguing the deliveries ...

Comrade Corbyn supports <em>Russian</em> imperialism in Syria

Sam Hamad

Comrade Corbyn supports Russian imperialism in Syria

Comment: Corbyn's criticism of UK support for the Free Syrian Police, coupled with his support for Russian intervention, means ...

President Assad 'humiliated' on Syrian soil by <em>Russian</em> soldiers

The New Arab

President Assad 'humiliated' on Syrian soil by Russian soldiers

Syrian activists have shared a video clip that appears to show President Assad being prevented from following Vladimir Putin during a visit to a ...

IS driven out of Syria's Idlib after 'regime-enabled' incursion

The New Arab & agencies

IS driven out of Syria's Idlib after 'regime-enabled' incursion

IS have been driven out of Idlib province, days after making an incursion into the region bordering Turkey, but activists claim the regime is ...

The New Arab & agencies

Putin meets Assad at Russian military base in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian military air base in Syria on Monday and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the country.

The New Arab

Russia looks to sell Arctic gas to Saudi Arabia

Russia is seeking new buyers for its Arctic gas supplies, with Saudi Arabia a potential market for Moscow's newly exploited natural resource.

Paul Iddon

Erdogan 'open to working with Assad' against Syrian-Kurds

Analysis: Continued US support for Kurds on the other side of the Turkish border will likely push Ankara to deal with Damascus, writes Paul ...

The New Arab

'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

The UK's new defence minister Gavin Williamson said British citizens fighting for Islamic State group should be located, killed and banned from ...

<em>Russian</em> strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

The New Arab & agencies

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

At least 53 civilians, including 21 children, died on Sunday when Russian air strikes hit residential buildings in a village held by ...

Sam Hamad

Eastern Ghouta: A ghetto of hunger and fear

Comment: Despite the brutal reality of life under siege, Abdelmalik remains resolutely opposed to the kind of sectarianism upon which Assad has ...

Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

The New Arab & agencies

Putin informs Trump about talks with Assad: Kremlin

Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed Syria with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday, following the Russian leader's surprise summit ...

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Erdogan, Rouhani

The New Arab & agencies

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Erdogan, Rouhani

Putin's meeting with Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani comes as Ankara, Moscow and Tehran cooperate with ...

Putin meets Assad in Sochi ahead of Syria talks Putin meets Assad in Sochi ahead of Syria talks

The New Arab & agencies

Putin meets Assad in Sochi ahead of Syria talks

Putin met with Syrian regime head Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on Monday ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the ...

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