Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair


BEIRUT - Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war, Syrian state television reported on Wednesday.

Young Islamic State robs al Qaeda of militant prestige

DUBAI - In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al Qaeda's ageing leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young militants in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to Osama bin Laden.

World, Iraq 5:03am EDT

Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim government

BEIRUT - The Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its "interim government" and form a new one within a month.

World, 22 Jul 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.

World, Aerospace & Defense, 21 Jul 2014

Turkey hatching plan to clear Syrian beggars off Istanbul streets

ISTANBUL - Authorities in Istanbul are working on plans to clear the streets of Syrian beggars and house them in camps like those on the border, as Turkey struggles with an influx of over a million refugees and the hospitality of locals starts to wear thin.

World, Turkey, 21 Jul 2014

Malaysia Airlines flies over Syrian airspace: Flightradar24

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.

World, Aerospace & Defense, 21 Jul 2014

Islamic State killed 270 in Syrian gas field battle: monitor

BEIRUT - Militant group Islamic State killed 270 soldiers, guards and staff when they captured a Syrian gas field on Thursday in the bloodiest clash yet between the al Qaeda offshoot and President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

World, 19 Jul 2014

Hamas set to gain support, funding from Gaza battle

GAZA - For years, lack of cash has hobbled Hamas's Gaza government yet the military capabilities of the Islamist group's armed wing have expanded and it may rake in donations now that it is meeting Israel on the battlefield.

World, Egypt, Israel 18 Jul 2014

Syrian army, Islamic State clash near army airport: monitor

BEIRUT - Syrian soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants outside a government-controlled army airport on Friday, a British-based monitoring group said, part of a major escalation of fighting between the al Qaeda offshoot and the military.

World, 18 Jul 2014

Hezbollah and al Qaeda clash on Syria-Lebanon frontier

BEIRUT - Hezbollah and the Syrian branch of al Qaeda have fought a deadly five-day battle in Syria near the border with Lebanon, a Hezbollah source and a fighter for the Nusra Front said on Thursday.

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Assad: foreign states will pay for supporting "terrorism"

Syrian President Bashar al Assad takes the oath of office, and warns foreign powers that predicted his government would eventually be toppled, that they will pay a "high price." Deborah Gembara reports.

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