RIO DE JANEIRO: When Hadi Bakkour fled Syria's civil war, he lost almost everything except one precious gift that gave him new life on the other side of the world: his language. Bakkour, 22, escaped Aleppo in 2014 for fear he'd be forced to serve in President Bashar al-Assad's army fighting for control of the city. He had to abandon his family and his economics studies. But three years later in Rio de Janeiro, he is one of two dozen teachers employed by a Brazilian language school where all the instructors are current…
MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Saturday said its military intervention in Syria aims to liberate the war-torn nation's territory from militants while keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Rossiya-1 national television set to air on Saturday evening said there were only two possible outcomes for the Syrian conflict -- either Assad remains in power or jihadists take over. "Either Assad is in Damascus, or Al-Nusra is," he said, referring to former Al-Qaeda affiliate, the…
BEIRUT: Fighting between the Syrian army and Kurdish forces intensified late on Friday and into Saturday, creating the risk of yet another front opening in the multi-sided civil war.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA: All five people on board a Russian military helicopter that was shot down over Syria on Monday are believed to have died, the Kremlin said.
DAMASCUS: Syria's army has extended a nationwide truce for another three days, but continued to press its campaign against rebels in the battered northern city of Aleppo.
WASHINGTON: Exasperated US diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency.
SANAA: President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has warned Yemenis their country is heading towards civil war after the takeover of the capital by Shi'ite Muslim rebels, a move that has allowed the insurgents to dictate terms to a weakened, fractured government.
BEIRUT: At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.