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  • Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    BEIRUT— A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international watchdog said Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS, March 31- As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.

  • As Assad advances, Syria launches commercial airline Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    Esmail Sharaf, Vice Commercial Manager, told Reuters that Kinda Airlines will operate out of Damascus International airport and the coastal city of Latakia. It aims to fly to more than 10 destinations within a year, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, and "hopefully Lebanon and Jordan".

  • MOSCOW, March 13- Russian energy company Soyuzneftegaz hopes that deals can be concluded to develop oil and gas in peaceful regions of Syria even if civil war is still raging elsewhere, its chairman said.

  • RPT-Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syria aid still stalled after UN resolution Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Feb 25- World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

  • Ever since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya's government has been struggling to establish law and order and assert control over a vast desert nation awash with arms. Authorities also hope a regulator, another novelty for Libya, will bring transparency to an opaque market and put it on the radar of risk-willing investors.

  • *Iran is major backer of Assad. LONDON/ ANKARA, Feb 21- As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops, sources with knowledge of military movements say.

  • Six boiling cauldrons around the world Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Tensions are boiling over in several regions around the world, from Venezuela to Ukraine to the Middle East. Here is a quick guide.

  • Complicating matters further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace of Syria's handover of chemical arms for destruction with Washington accusing Damascus of foot-dragging, putting the plan 6-8 weeks behind schedule- and Moscow- President Bashar al-Assad's big power ally- rejecting this.

  • BEIRUT, Jan 31- Syria's political foes are beginning to speak a shared language at peace talks in Geneva to end their country's devastating civil war, but the words they utter at the negotiating table have diametrically different meanings to the two sides. But the two sides read Geneva 1 very differently.

  • GENEVA, Jan 31- Syria's government may have made a strategic blunder by turning up at peace talks in Geneva since it had little to gain, little room for manoeuvre and may have started down a slippery slope by legitimising its opponents, diplomats say.

  • *Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.

  • *Delegates expected to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the U.N. mediator expressing frustration that he had not even produced agreement for an aid convoy to rescue trapped civilians in a besieged city.

  • *Mediator does not expect progress by end of session on Friday. *Talks to work on 2012 Geneva communique, but approaches differ.

  • Soros on crisis in Syria     Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    Billionaire investor George Soros, shares his thoughts on the "humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria.

  • Voice for the world     Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    Nicholas Berggruen, Theworldpost.com, shares highlights from the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on global initiatives for the global economy.

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 22- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the United States into friendship if both sides made an effort.

  • *Russia, United States at odds over Assad's fate. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility on Wednesday but a U.N. mediator said the warring sides may be ready to discuss prisoner swaps, local ceasefires and humanitarian aid.

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