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The United Nations official in charge of coordinating the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal provided new details on Wednesday about the plan to eliminate them, saying the most dangerous materials would be sealed by trained Syrians and sent overland to the country’s Mediterranean port of...
Evidence collected by U.N. investigators probing Syrian war crimes implicates President Bashar al-Assad, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday.
The Lebanese government has told the army to take over security in the restive coastal city of Tripoli for six months, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Monday.
Regime, rebels say will attend talks (28.11.2013)
Syria’s government and the main Western-backed opposition coalition have both confirmed they will attend United Nations-sponsored peace talks. However, the two sides have continued to stake out starkly different positions on the goal of the talks, which are set to begin January 22 in Geneva.
Syrian rebels rule out peace talks ceasefire (26.11.2013)
The Free Syrian Army will shun the planned Geneva peace conference and pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad regardless, the rebels' commander has said. The stance of the FSA's General Salim Idriss on Tuesday highlighted the difficulty for international mediators to get Syria's...
The list of participants at Syria peace talks that the United Nations will hold in January has yet to be finalised, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday, leaving open the thorny question of whether Iran would be at the table.
Syria conflict: Geneva peace talks set for January (25.11.2013)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Syria's government and opposition will for the first time attend peace talks - in Geneva on 22 January. … Mr Ban reiterated that the peace talks would seek to establish a transitional government with full executive powers - as envisaged in the Geneva...
Russia said on Tuesday stopping "terrorists" fighting in Syria should be high on the agenda when an international peace conference convenes to try to end more than 2-1/2 years of conflict in the Arab nation.
Lebanon blasts hit Iran's embassy in Beirut (19.11.2013)
At least 22 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut. … Iran is a major backer of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.
UN: Israeli-Palestinian talks at delicate moment (19.11.2013)
A senior United Nations official says talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials have reached a delicate moment, with growing strains between the two sides.