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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Russia rejects claim that IS group shot down aircraft

Russia’s Transport Minister on Saturday dismissed reports that the Islamic State group downed the Russian plane that crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, saying the claims “can’t be considered accurate”.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Progress reached on Syria, meeting to be held in 15 days — (Fabius)

The participants of the Vienna meeting on Syria have reached progress on some issues, but there is no complete accord between them; the next meeting will take place in 15 days and the participants of talks will be the same, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday after discussions that lasted some eight hours.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Death toll from earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan rises to over 200

A major earthquake that struck the remote Afghan northeast this morning has killed more than 200 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan, while sending shock waves as far as New Delhi in India, according to officials.

Friday, 23 October 2015

‘No common position’ on Assad after meeting

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Friday after attending a meeting in Vienna on Syria that he and his fellow participants had not reached consensus on the political fate of President Bashar al-Assad, Russian news agencies reported.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Assad meets Putin in ‘first foreign visit since 2011’. White House slams Russia 'red carpet' treatment for Syria's Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew into Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the two men discussed their joint military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Monday, 19 October 2015

U.S. wants to avoid 'total destruction' of Syria (Kerry)

The United States is working to avoid the "total destruction" of Syria and plans to meet with Russian, Turkish, Saudi, and Jordanian leaders in the near future to seek an end to the conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Assad forces in Aleppo offensive

Syrian government forces backed by Russian airpower and allied militias opened a new front against rebel fighters south of second city Aleppo on Friday.

Friday, 16 October 2015

EU, Turkey refugee plan only a draft, says Ankara

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the European Union had woken up too late to Turkey’s importance in stemming the flow of refugees from Syria and accused it of insincerity in talks on Turkish membership despite recent overtures.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Turkey warns Russia, US over support for anti-IS Kurds in Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday warned the US and Russia against "unacceptable" military and political support for Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Turkey declares three days of mourning after Ankara ‘suicide bombing’

Turkey on Saturday declared three days of national mourning after twin explosions killed at least 86 people at a peace march in the capital Ankara in what the government said was most likely to be a suicide bombing.

Friday, 9 October 2015

UN backs EU military action against migrant smugglers

The UN Security Council on Friday gave its approval to a European military operation to seize and dispose of boats run by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean off Libya's coast.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Caspian Flotilla ships fire 26 cruise missiles on IS targets in Syria (Russian Defense Minister)

Ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla have been involved in the operation against militants of the outlawed in in Russia terrorist group Islamic State (IS). 

They have launched 26 missiles on IS targets in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Monday, 5 October 2015

NATO condemns Russian violation of Turkish airspace

NATO condemned on Monday the "extreme danger" of Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend as the Western alliance protested Moscow’s military campaign in Syria.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Airstrike Kills 19 at Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

An air strike in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 19 people, including three children, at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the charity group said Saturday.

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