Warring sides in Syria urged to consider peaceful dialogue by Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin and Iran's Rouhani at the first meeting since September in the so-called Astana format.
Pledges came from countries including Qatar, which has promised $100 million, and Germany, which offered 1.58 billion euros ($1.78 billion) in what Berlin said was the single biggest country donation.
The new US sanctions on Damascus are bad news for the UAE, but it could be a double-edged sword for the US.
On Saturday, air strikes blamed on Israel hit positions belonging to regime forces and Iran-backed militias near the border with Iraq, a war monitor said.
Food prices soared by more than 200 percent in less than a year due to the free-fall in neighbouring Lebanon's economy and Covid-19 lockdown measures in Syria, the World Food Programme has said.
Continuing to deliver humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, including the Idlib region, will require the use of the Bab Al Salaam and Bab Al Hawa crossings along the Syrian-Turkish border for the next 12 months, UN chief Antonio Guterres says.
Recently, the US suggested that Assad does not necessarily have to go. Nonetheless, experts say it is still too early to ascertain whether the West's attitude towards the regime has changed.
YPG/PKK terrorists have killed five innocent civilians in a bomb attack in northern Syria's town of Tel Halaf, which is part of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring zone.
Criminal accusations levelled by seven survivors against regime forces include sexual abuse and torture.
While US sanctions don't translate to accountability, it will draw blood from the Syrian regime.
A trove of tens of thousands of pictures released by a Syrian regime defector named ‘Caesar’ revealed the extent of torture and extrajudicial killing in the regime’s prisons. Now the US is targeting those responsible for the abuses with sanctions.
The first batch of designations target 39 people or entities, including Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad personally as well as his wife Asma — the first time she has been targeted by US sanctions.
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