ISTANBUL - A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline Islamic State militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.
STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.
WASHINGTON - President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning."
THE HAGUE - The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday. | Video
MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.
WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Thursday.
UNITED NATIONS - The Syrian government has only allowed the United Nations to deliver aid to three of the 33 sites it has requested access to this year, aid chief Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she urged the U.N. Security Council to take "concrete steps."
THE HAGUE - The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.
BEIRUT - Syria expressed deep concern about what it called "blatant aggression" in Yemen after a Saudi-led military operation was launched against Shi'ite rebels on Thursday, the state news agency SANA reported.
BEIRUT - An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overun 17 defence posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday.
Aerial bombardment of Islamic State fighter positions continues in western Tikrit as Iraqi forces, along with U.S. airpower, continue push into the city. Nathan Frandino reports.