kurds in turkey and across the world have taken to the streets to show their solidarity with the besieged syrian town of kobani, as peshmerga fighters and others battle to stop it falling into the hands of ısil militants. the failure of turkey itself to help defend the mainly kurdish town on its border has sparked riots among turkish kurds in which some 40 people died. but sebahat tuncel, a pro-kurdish member of parliament in turkey, hailed saturday's march in istanbul as calm.
israel struck at syrian army artillery positions on wednesday near the israeli-occupied golan heights. the military said it was in retaliation for at least two rockets fired at its forces from syria the previous day.
a sense of crisis has gripped lebanon again after a massive bomb explosion in beirut killed senior opposition figure and former prime ministerial adviser mohamad chatah. the bomb ripped through the ex-minister's car. five other people died in the attack near the city's business district. dozens were injured.
lebanon's state news agency says a rocket has been fired from the south of the country towards israel.
barack obama says the united states is investigating whether chemical weapons have been used in syria - and has warned that the regime will be held responsible if they have.
the united nations security council has approved a resolution condemning the use of chlorine as a weapon in the syrian war. it calls for repercussions – which under the un charter could mean economic sanctions or force – if such arms are used again. the us-drafted resolution did not apportion blame, enabling 14 members – including syria’s ally russia – to vote in favour.
isis militants have seized almost all of the ancient syrian city of palmyra, according to the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights. it follows fierce fighting with government forces.
with the two sides in syria's conflict finally in the same room, un mediator lakhdar brahimi says the geneva talks have got off to a good start. however, saturday's discussions on a possible humanitarian deal were conducted through him, without the parties speaking directly to each other.
the rows of crowded tents in the zaatari refugee camp in jordan bear no testimony to the isolation experienced by syrian women fleeing the conflict.
as the possibility of an american air strike on syria increases, the flow of refugees leaving the country has quickened, with 12,000 people arriving in lebanon on thursday alone.
an italian fighting with rebels in syria has been killed. 20 year-old giuliano ibrahim delnevo from genoa was a convert to islam from a catholic family, and is believed to be the first italian jihadi to die in combat. he was under investigation for terrorist recruitment in genoa at the time of his death.
there have been violent clashes throughout turkey as kurdish demonstrators denounce the government's refusal to intervene militarily to stop the syrian border town of kobani falling into the hands of isil jihadists.
the british house of commons has been debating whether or not
the united states and partner nations have carried out the first air strikes against islamic state targets in syria, in what the pentagon described as a new and far more complicated front in the battle against the isis militants.
the syrian military has purportedly launched fresh air strikes in eastern ghouta near damascus, according to a video uploaded by activists.
american president barack obama is facing growing pressure from russia's president vladimir putin not to launch military strikes against syria.
the us and russia continue high-stakes talks in geneva on friday on moscow's plan for syria to give up its chemical weapons. syrian president bashar al-assad has agreed to the russian proposal, but says america has to stop its threats of military action. assad is also said to have signed up to a treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.
the united states has confirmed the death of aid worker and isil hostage kayla mueller. her family say they are heartbroken. it comes four days after the islamist captors of the 26-year-old, seized in the northern syrian city of aleppo in august 2013, claimed she had been killed in a coalition airstrike by jordanian fighter jets outside raqqa, the capital of the extremists' self-proclaimed caliphate.
nato says it has drawn up plans to protect turkey should the war in syria spill over its border again. it comes as deadly fighting between syrian rebels and government forces rages on. around 90 people are believed to have been killed on tuesday, according to the british-based syrian observatory for human rights.
many immigrants flowing into europe recently have entered via greece, having made a short but often dangerous journey across the sea from turkey with the help of people smugglers. from bektas on the turkish coast it is just 20km to the greek island of lesbos. syrian journalist ali hafez and his family made the voyage on monday, having fled the war still raging in their home country. he was able to film the perilous trip in an overcrowded inflatable dinghy.
despite us-led airstrikes on the syrian border town of kobani, kurdish forces are in desperate need of reinforcements as isil extremists continue their advance. there are calls for a humanitarian corridor to be opened between the turkish border and kobani to allow the wounded out and fresh supplies and fighters in. turkey has so far refused.
in southern turkey anger is growing against syrian refugees who have been streaming across the border since their country erupted into bloody civil conflict.
angelina jolie talks ukraine, syria and refugees at the maleficent premiere in london, ahead of a summit on sexual violence in conflicts. report by ashley fudge.
the americans and the un have not yet been able to tell who may have used sarin gas in syria. they have tried to get reliable evidence whether assad's forces or rebels perhaps crossed this 'red line', as president obama referred to the syrian conflict veering into chemical warfare.
a suicide bomber has killed one person and wounded more than 30 others at a security checkpoint in lebanon. the explosion occurred in the country's bekaa val...
vowing to pursue their fight for kobani, islamic extremists have released footage purported to show what is left of the syrian border town. us-led airstrikes have failed to reverse isil's advance and it is still far from sure whether newly-arrived iraqi kurdish fighters can turn the tide and help defeat the jihadists. the images show rubble and badly damaged buildings, with black smoke billowing in the background.
protestors have clashed with police in reyhanli during an anti-government demonstration following the deadly twin car bombings which struck the turkish town bordering syria.
turkish prime minister recep tayyip erdogan is in france where he and president francois hollande have been discussing the crises in syria and iraq. on satur...
peace talks between syria's government and opposition ended in mutual hostility on wednesday as differences emerged over the future of president bashar al-assad. it was one of many contentious issues on the first day which divided all sides. there was only agreement that the road to a settlement would be long.
syria has passed another milestone of destructive potential: the lebanese hezbollah have abandoned their policy of denying that they are supporting the assad regime.
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unverified video uploaded to the internet purports to show a military mig 33 being shot down by syrian rebel group the unified brigade sons of hama. the fourth-largest city in syria, hama has been the scene of fierce fighting during the war lasting almost two years.
the un and arab league's special representative to syria will make a fresh effort on friday to bring all sides round the table for peace talks in geneva. lakhdar brahimi is expected to shuttle between syrian government figures and opposition leaders, some of whom remain deeply divided about ways to end the deadly conflict.
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we make war so we are war. that, some would say chilling quotation, came from a young man in the netherlands who has converted to islam. he has seen many of his friends leave to take up arms in the bloody conflict in syria.
as the world food programme flies vital supplies from iraq into war-torn syria, a deal may finally have been reached to allow aid into the besieged city of homs.
the us secretary of state john kerry has welcomed an eu statement on syria acknowledging strong evidence that the damascus regime used chemical weapons.
at least 15 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion at the university of aleppo in syria's second largest city.
the syrian city of kobani has witnessed large numbers of its citizens cross the border into turkey to escape threats from islamic state militants, however many are returning home. turkish border guards only permit syrian citizens cross back into syria.
the gaunt figures of syrians evacuated from homs showed the effect of the 18-month long siege on the population. on day one of a three-day truce, the syrian government evacuated 83 women, children and elderly persons from the rebel-held old city. many showed the signs of malnutrition. aid workers with the world food programme said some had survived on a diet of leaves, grass and olives.