Renewed violence tightened the noose around Syria's last major rebel-held bastion and deepened an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The Turkish and Russian presidents formally launched TurkStream gas pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey. The project is part of Moscow's efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Syria regime leader Bashar al Assad during an unprecedented visit to Damascus as prospect of war between Iran and US loom over Mideast.
Pro-Iranian militias in Syria's Deir Ezzor province recently came under missile attacks from unknown launchpads and Tehran did not react to the escalation, indicating the hostility is likely to have wider consequences.
The mass displacement between December 12 and 25 has left the violence-plagued Maarat al Numan region in southern Idlib "almost empty", the UN said in a statement.
Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib province have been fleeing while regime forces have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a rebel-held town, Maaret al Numan.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians were killed in the town of Saraqeb while four others were killed in separate air strikes in other towns of southern Idlib.
The warlord Khalifa Haftar's cunning exploitation of geopolitical rivalries has handed Russia outsized influence over the conflict.
Middle Eastern governments have valid reasons to fear foreign conspiracies but deflecting blame on foreign hands instead of addressing citizens' grievances only weakens their own position.
A new Gallup International survey of Arabs and Kurds in Syria finds that intra-Kurdish opinion is divided and that people would rather live under Daesh than the Syrian regime.
Two Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad members among the fatalities as rocket fire towards Israel resumes after brief overnight lull in what is the heaviest round of fighting in months.
At least ten Palestinian were killed during Israeli air strikes shortly after an earlier air raid that killed senior Islamic Jihad member Bahaa Abu al Atta, his wife and the son of Akram al Ajouri.
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