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230 civilians killed in Syrian, Russian airstrikes in past week: U.N.

Syria and Russian airstrikes in rebel-held areas have killed 230 civilians in the past week in some of the conflicts worst violence that may also constitute war crimes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Saturday. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said his office had received reports including video footage of possible use of toxic agents on Feb. 4...


US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours

Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syrias fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours. Restoration of a partial truce would bring relief to residents on both sides of Syrias largest city after two weeks of relentless violence t...


US, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan; questions remain

The United States and Russia have agreed on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved. Syrias warring government and rebels still need to accept the deal. The timeline for a hoped-for breakthrough comes after the former Cold War foes, backing opposing sides in the conflict, sai...


Hundreds of civilians killed in Russian airstrikes in Syria -- Amnesty

Russias air campaign in Syria has killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International. The rights group claims the pattern of attacks show evidence of violations of international law. Russia has been engaged in a military campaign in Syria in support of embattled President Bashar al-Assad since Se...


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