Russian ambassador killed by assassin in Ankara

An armed man shot the Russian ambassador in a contemporary art gallery in Ankara on Monday during the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition ‘Russia as Seen by the Turks’.

While the speech of ambassador Andrei Karlov was underway, eyewitnesses … Read the rest

Syria committed to chemical weapons deal: Assad

President Bashar al-Assad
President Bashar al-Assad

Syria is committed to the convention against chemical weapons it signed under a US-Russian deal and sees “no obstacles” to its implementation, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday.

Speaking to Venezuela’s Telesur, the Syrian … Read the rest

US military confirms rebels had sarin

toxicobamaAs part of the Obama administration’s repeated insistence – though without offering proof – that the recent sarin gas attack near Damascus was the work of the Assad regime, the administration has downplayed or denied the possibility that al-Qaida-linked Syrian … Read the rest

Syrian activists protest rebel siege of Aleppo districts

Syrian rebels stand on a tank shouting slogans and flashing 'Victory signs', in Aleppo, Syria, 20 July 2012.
Syrian rebels stand on a tank shouting slogans and flashing ‘Victory signs’, in Aleppo, Syria, 20 July 2012.

Syrian activists in Aleppo have staged protests calling for the lifting of a rebel siege of regime-held districts that has created food … Read the rest