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  • Syria peace talks open with bitter rhetoric

    Syria peace talks open with bitter rhetoric
    MONTREUX, Switzerland -- The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and its opponents traded verbal barbs Wednesday as a long-awaited Syrian peace conference opened in this Swiss lakeside city under the auspices of the United Nations....
  • The Syria peace conference: Diplomacy still the best option

     The Syria peace conference: Diplomacy still the best option
    Expectations are understandably low for an international peace conference on Syria that opens Wednesday in Switzerland. It isn't just that the meeting almost didn't happen because of a dispute over whether representatives of Iran would attend. There's...
  • Syria peace conference negotiators arrive in Switzerland

    Syria peace conference negotiators arrive in Switzerland
    MONTREUX, Switzerland – This fashionable lakeside city, known for its annual jazz festival, chic shops and tranquil alpine vistas, was abuzz Tuesday with eleventh-hour preparations for a long-anticipated international gathering aimed at halting...
  • Syria rebel group accused of kidnapping, torture and executions

    Syria rebel group accused of kidnapping, torture and executions
    BEIRUT -- Mohammed Subhi Abed, a soft-spoken man of 43, says he was working for the opposition Free Syria News radio station in the northern city of Raqqa when masked gunmen burst into the offices in June and confiscated all of the laptops and satellite...
  • Syrian opposition lawyer, three colleagues are kidnapped

    Syrian opposition lawyer, three colleagues are kidnapped
    BEIRUT -- A prominent Syrian opposition activist lawyer, Razan Zeitouneh, and three of her colleagues have been kidnapped in a mostly rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, according to fellow activists and media accounts Tuesday. Also Tuesday,...
  • Agency ridding Syria of chemical weapons warns deadline to be missed

    Agency ridding Syria of chemical weapons warns deadline to be missed
    The international effort to remove and destroy Syria's chemical weapons is likely to miss its Dec. 31 deadline for getting the most toxic of the poison gases out of the war-torn country, the mission chief said Monday. "In view of the circumstances in...
  • Syria: Reports of more than 100 dead in airstrikes on Aleppo

    Syria: Reports of more than 100 dead in airstrikes on Aleppo
    BEIRUT — An international humanitarian group said Monday that more than 100 people have been killed in recent government airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo, part of an apparent escalation by both sides ahead of peace talks...
  • U.N. inspectors in Syria suspect chemical weapons used in five areas

    U.N. inspectors in Syria suspect chemical weapons used in five areas
    BEIRUT — A United Nations report released Thursday concluded that chemical weapons probably were deployed on several occasions in Syria, the most convincing evidence coming from the Aug. 21 attacks outside Damascus that left hundreds dead....
  • Syria proposes cease-fire ahead of peace talks

    Syria proposes cease-fire ahead of peace talks
    BEIRUT — With the U.S.-backed opposition mired in disputes, Syria's government on Friday proposed a limited cease-fire, a prisoner swap and measures to speed aid to civilians in a move that appeared aimed at ensuring it is an indispensable part of...
  • Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap

    Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap
    BEIRUT -- The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The...
  • Kerry implores Syrian opposition to attend peace talks

    Kerry implores Syrian opposition to attend peace talks
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups to not drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene in Switzerland next week. With an umbrella group of opposition forces preparing to vote...