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  • GENEVA, May 8- The Red Cross appealed on Thursday for greater access to civilians in rebel-held and besieged areas of Syria where the humanitarian situation is "catastrophic", particularly in the divided northern city of Aleppo and in suburbs of Damascus.

  • US sanctions Russian bank—this time for Syria Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 12:31 PM ET
    U.S. Treasury

    The U.S. for the first time slapped sanctions on a Russian bank for its dealings with the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a civil war.

  • Syria struggling to fill food import needs Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    LONDON, May 6- War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.

  • Security consequences from inaction in Syria     Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, discusses just how much worse the devastating consequences of inaction in Syria could become.

  • *Local wheat purchasing season set to begin in war-torn Syria. AMMAN/ ABU DHABI, April 28- War and drought have crippled Syria's wheat crop, with some experts now forecasting output of the staple food could fall to around a third of pre-war levels, and possibly even below 1 million tonnes for the first time in 40 years.

  • Despite ongoing war, Syria aims to boost tourism Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 2:14 PM ET
    A tourist takes pictures of a wall decorated with posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Damascus

    Syria hopes to attract foreign investment in tourism despite an ongoing civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and ruined historic sites.

  • *Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.

  • *Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.

  • *Chlorine not declared by Syria to chemical weapons watchdog. BEIRUT, April 22- Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.

  • *Parliamentary speaker says election will be on June 3. BEIRUT, April 21- Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favour.

  • 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.

  • CNBC's John Harwood reports from the White House where President Obama and French President Francois Hollande are holding a joint news conference on various issues including Syria.