Syria rejects U.N. criticism of barrel bombs, says 'technical' issue


GENEVA - Syria rejected a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.

Syrian Islamist insurgents launch battle to seize government-held Aleppo 12:09am BST

BEIRUT - Syrian insurgents led by Islamist groups began a major offensive to gain full control of the divided northern city of Aleppo, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday.


Cameron asks MPs to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron asked lawmakers to consider whether Britain should join U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but his spokeswoman said he hadn't yet decided whether to push for a parliamentary vote on the issue. | Video

Islamic State looting Syrian, Iraqi sites on industrial scale -UNESCO 02 Jul 2015

LONDON - Islamic State militants are looting ancient sites across Iraq and Syria on an industrial scale and selling on treasures to middlemen to raise cash, Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO said on Thursday.


UK weighs more action against IS in Syria after Tunisia attack 01 Jul 2015

LONDON - Britain is considering whether it could and should do more to help defeat Islamic State militants in Syria after a deadly attack in Tunisia last week killed up to 30 of its nationals, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

Analysis - Talk of Syria action may be Erdogan's latest gambit to pressure the West 01 Jul 2015

ANKARA - Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.


Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic State attack on border town 01 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - A Syrian Kurdish militia said it had recovered full control of the border town of Tel Abyad on Wednesday after Islamic State fighters raided its outskirts the day before in preparation for a larger assault.

Islamic State less visible in Syrian stronghold - monitor 01 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - The hardline Islamic State group has installed surveillance cameras in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa city because it does not appear to have enough members to patrol the streets, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

UK family of 12, with baby and grandparents, believed to have gone to Syria 01 Jul 2015

LONDON - A British family of 12, including a baby and two grandparents one aged 75, are believed to have gone to Syria after the family reported them missing, police said on Wednesday.


Among meadows and cherry trees, the new migrant gateway to Europe 01 Jul 2015

SERBIAN-HUNGARIAN BORDER - Covered in mosquito bites from nights spent out in the open, two girls from Syria, one six and one eight, lay on blankets in a grove of cherry and apricot trees in northern Serbia waiting for the next leg of their long journey to begin.

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Kurdish fighters secure Syria's Kobani

Syrian Kurdish fighters say they have fully secured the town of Kobani near the Turkish border and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants. Yiming Woo reports.