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Syrian war has reached stalemate, deputy PM says

Syrian war has reached stalemate, deputy PM says Fri, 20 Sep, 2013

The civil war in Syria has reached a stalemate, according to the country's deputy prime minister. 
Putin says he can't guarantee Syria will turn over chemical weapons

Putin says he can't guarantee Syria will turn over chemical weapons Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he is "confident" Syria's chemical weapons can be destroyed under a US-Russian plan, but not "100% sure". 
Egypt security forces storm Kerdassah, police officer killed

Egypt security forces storm Kerdassah, police officer killed Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

A senior police officer was killed when Egyptian security forces stormed a village outside Cairo Thursday in the latest crackdown on militants, while unexploded bombs on the tracks briefly halted Cairo's metro.
Syrian chemical weapons destruction will take one year, Assad says

Syrian chemical weapons destruction will take one year, Assad says Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to destroy his stockpile of chemical arms but said it would take one year to do so and will cost about $1bn.
Rouhani says Iran will 'never' develop nuclear weapons

Rouhani says Iran will 'never' develop nuclear weapons Thu, 19 Sep, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons, his strongest signal yet that he may be seeking a diplomatic thaw with the West after decades of acrimony.
Russia says it has proof rebels behind deadly chemical attack in Syria

Russia says it has proof rebels behind deadly chemical attack in Syria Wed, 18 Sep, 2013

Russia claims to have received evidence from the Syrian regime implicating rebels in a deadly poison gas attack, as divisions re-emerged between Moscow and the West after a landmark deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Iran releases human rights lawyer, other prisoners

Iran releases human rights lawyer, other prisoners Wed, 18 Sep, 2013

Iran has released several political prisoners this week, among them a prominent human rights lawyer, in the first sign that the moderate new government could ease the repressive policies of the past few years.
Russia and France still differ on Syria

Russia and France still differ on Syria Tue, 17 Sep, 2013

Russia has said it still suspected that last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria was carried out by rebel forces, despite a report by UN investigators which France said showed the government was behind the attack.
Obama clears way for chemical weapons aid to Syria

Obama clears way for chemical weapons aid to Syria Mon, 16 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed a presidential determination allowing non-lethal assistance — including special equipment to help neutralize chemical weapons — to be sent to Syria.
UN confirms sarin nerve gas used on civilians in Syria

UN confirms sarin nerve gas used on civilians in Syria Mon, 16 Sep, 2013

United Nations inspectors have confirmed they found "clear and convincing evidence" that poison sarin gas was used in an attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus on 21 August. 
France, Britain, US want 'strong' UN Syria resolution

France, Britain, US want 'strong' UN Syria resolution Mon, 16 Sep, 2013

The foreign ministers of the United States, France and Britain on Monday said they would push for a "strong and robust" UN resolution to implement a US-Russian accord on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons
Damascus calls US-Russia deal victory for Syria

Damascus calls US-Russia deal victory for Syria Sun, 15 Sep, 2013

A Syrian minister declared "victory" for his country on Sunday, thanking Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported.
Obama welcomes Syria deal, warns action if diplomacy fails

Obama welcomes Syria deal, warns action if diplomacy fails Sat, 14 Sep, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the deal to strip Syria of chemical weapons but says much remains to be done and Damascus must comply with the accord.
Syrian opposition elects interim prime minister

Syrian opposition elects interim prime minister Sat, 14 Sep, 2013

Syria's main Western-backed opposition grouping has elected an interim prime minister as it seeks to boost its standing as a credible political alternative in the civil war-stricken country.
Syria rebel chief rejects US-Russia chemical arms deal

Syria rebel chief rejects US-Russia chemical arms deal Sat, 14 Sep, 2013

The head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council said on Saturday a U.S.-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons was a blow to the two-and-a-half-year uprising to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.
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