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Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

The Syrian government has refused the UN envoy’s latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the rebel-held east in exchange for calm. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem yesterday said restoring government rule was a matter of “national sovereignty,” and that Damascus would not allow the people of eastern ... Read More »

US-backed forces launch assault to oust Islamic State from Raqqa

US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces launched an offensive Sunday on the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqqa, upping pressure on the jihadists who are already battling Iraqi troops in Mosul. The start of the assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came as Iraqi forces fought inside Mosul for the third day running amid fierce jihadist resistance. The two cities ... Read More »

Syria conflict: Australian PM regrets loss of life in US-led strike

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed regret for the loss of life in a US-led airstrike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers fighting the so-called Islamic State. Mr Turnbull has confirmed that Australian warplanes were involved in Sunday’s mistaken attack. Russia called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the strike. The US has also ... Read More »

Syria ‘disappears’ from the Internet, security firm says

  Internet traffic to and from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, appears to have dried up. At around 18:45 GMT Tuesday, “OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria. On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet,” Umbrella Security Labs said in a blog post Tuesday. Data from Google ... Read More »

Syria dominates NATO talks

BRUSSELS — Syria dominated US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first NATO foreign ministers meeting Tuesday as reports of chemical weapons use by Damascus threatened to raise the stakes dramatically. As fighting intensifies, ministers were increasingly concerned by the prospect of the bloody conflict spilling over into an already tense region which is home to one of the alliance’s key ... Read More »

SC calls black money plunder of nation, pulls up government

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the government’s reluctance in coming forward with full information on the black money stashed by Indians in foreign banks, saying it as a theft of national wealth and amounted to “plunder” of the nation. “It is a pure and simple theft of the national money. We are talking about mind-boggling ... Read More »