Syria

Militants returning from Syria pose threat to Europe - Dutch minister

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AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands warned on Wednesday militants returning from Syria posed a security threat to Europe and said two Dutch citizens had carried out suicide attacks in Syria and Iraq in the past six months and about 100 had fought in Syria in 2013.

First candidate for Syria's presidential election steps forward 3:41pm BST

BEIRUT - A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said on Wednesday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar al-Assad's rule over a country devastated by civil war.

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Aid arrives to remote Lebanese village cut off by Syria and Hezbollah 3:13pm BST

BEIRUT - Aid has arrived to a Lebanese village that has been cut off for months as Lebanon's border areas are increasingly dragged into Syria's three-year-long conflict.

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Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas 22 Apr 2014

BEIRUT - Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished. | Video

France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - France's interior minister on Tuesday unveiled a raft of policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country.

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France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - France is to unveil policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, a government source said on Tuesday, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country.

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Arab League criticises Syrian election plan 22 Apr 2014

CAIRO - Holding an election in Syria while civil war rages will only obstruct international efforts to resolve the conflict, the head of the Arab League said on Tuesday.

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Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents 21 Apr 2014

BEIRUT - Syria announced on Monday a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour.

U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month 21 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

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Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo - monitor group 21 Apr 2014

BEIRUT - Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighbourhood.

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Fears of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) April 22 - Fears of a chemical attack in Idlib province follows an attack in Hama earlier this month that Syrian rebels and the government blamed on each other. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Timeline: recent developments in Syria