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October 19, 2017 9:44 PM Putin says Russia has 'caught up with US missile capabilities' and will respond if America quits Cold War arms treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow has 'caught up with US missile capabilities' and will respond if America quits a landmark Cold War nuclear treaty. Speaking to international policy experts at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin said Russia will respond immediately and symmetrically if the United States quits the 1987 Intermediate-range 5

October 16, 2017 4:52 PM Israel says strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery in response to fire

Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria on Monday after it fired at its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country. Israeli planes were on what the military described as a "routine reconnaissance mission" over neighbouring Lebanon when an anti-aircraft missile was fired in their 4

September 17, 2017 12:18 AM UK ‘will help Assad dodge punishment’: British diplomats are plotting to help Syrian president escape trial for war crimes

British diplomats are secretly plotting to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad escape justice for his alleged war crimes, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The shock move comes only months after Assad’s most recent chemical attacks – and follows Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s declaration that he is an ‘arch terrorist’ who should face a criminal probe 10

September 7, 2017 11:32 AM The Latest: Aid enters Syrian town after IS siege breached

Syria's state-run news agency says a convoy of 40 trucks carrying 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid has arrived in Deir el-Zour after troops secured a corridor to the eastern city. The land convoy is the first since Syrian government forces and allied militiamen breached a nearly three-year-old siege by the Islamic State group on government-held parts of the city on Tuesday 5

September 4, 2017 6:50 PM Bell Pottinger expelled from trade body for South African campaign

Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the UK public relations trade body for its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. It is the first time that the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has ejected a PR firm as prominent as Bell Pottinger. PRCA director-general Francis Ingham said it was "highly questionable" whether the firm would 14

August 16, 2017 3:29 PM Satellite images show Iran 'is building a secret missile factory on the Syrian coast which could be used to strike Israel'

Iran is helping to build a missile factory inside Syria that could be used to fire Scud rockets at Israel, it has been claimed. Satellite images show a building site to the east of Baniyas, on Syria's Mediterranean coast, which matches similar sites inside Iran, experts told Israel's Channel 2. Once completed the facility will likely be used to manufacture 10

July 12, 2017 5:47 AM Trump heads to Paris for Bastille Day

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron may be the world's oddest of political odd couples. Far apart on climate change and immigration, the two leaders will look for common ground on terrorism and defense policy when they meet this week in Paris. The president will be the guest of honor at this year's Bastille Day events 16

July 8, 2017 10:17 AM In Battle Against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Civilians Suffer Most

Malnourished, injured and emotionally traumatized civilians have been staggering out of Mosul’s Old City as Iraqi soldiers continue to drive the last remnants of ISIS fighters out of the conflict zone. The sense of urgency by U.S.-led coalition forces to liberate the ISIS strongholds of Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria, has come at a heavy cost — particularly 63

July 7, 2017 4:38 PM U.S. and Russia Confirm: Trump and Putin Agree on Cease-fire in Southwestern Syria

Jordan and Israel are also part of the agreement, official says ■ Deal is separate from 'de-escalation' zones, which Israel is concerned would be enforced by Russia U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed on a cease-fire deal in southwestern Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart 56 1

June 27, 2017 9:29 AM Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria has denied White House allegations that it may be preparing a new chemical attack, insisting again that it has never used such arms. Ali Haidar, the minister for national reconciliation, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the White House statement foreshadowed a "diplomatic battle" that would be waged against Syria in the halls 17