BEIRUT: A Russia-declared unilateral ceasefire is to take hold in Syria's Aleppo Friday even as rebels stepped up a week-old assault to break a government siege of the city's eastern districts. Regime ally Russia, which announced the 10-hour "humanitarian pause" on Wednesday, said it would start at 0700 GMT. The pause is the second declared by Moscow in less than a month after a three-day ceasefire in late October failed to encourage civilians and rebels to leave rebel-held east Aleppo. The October 20 pause followed…
BEIRUT: Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week.
ALEPPO: Syria's army backed by Russian jets launched a fierce new assault on areas north of Aleppo on Thursday, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, threatening to block rebels' access to opposition-held areas of the city.
TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's allies have won all of the capital's 30 seats in parliament, with 90 percent of votes counted from last week's election, state television reported on Sunday.
ANKARA: Iranians will shape the future of the Islamic republic for at least a decade when hardline and moderate candidates battle next week in elections for parliament and the body which will choose the country's next supreme leader.
KARACHI: As Sindh government yet to extend special powers for Rangers in Karachi, a rally was taken out by various political parties in support of the paramilitary force and extension in their policing powers.
WASHINGTON: U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with nine air strikes from Sunday morning through Monday morning and conducted another nine strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 19 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period ending Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a corrected statement that was released on Sunday.
WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 25 air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, focusing on the Syrian cities of Kobani and Hasakah, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday.