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January 20, 2018 11:57 AM Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm. Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after being told a group of refugees 7

January 11, 2018 5:31 PM Erdogan calls on Putin to end attacks in northern Syria by regime forces

ISTANBUL, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Turkey's Erdogan told Russia's Putin on a phone call on Thursday that for the Sochi Summit and the Astana process to succeed, Syrian regime's attacks on Idlib and East Ghouta have to be stopped, Turkish presidential sources said. Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old 6

January 9, 2018 9:17 PM Turkish gym gives 12-year-old Syrian refugee shoe-shiner a free lifetime membership after photo of him staring longingly through its window went viral

A Turkish gym has won the hearts of a nation by offering Syrian refugee, 12, a free lifetime membership after a photo of him staring through its window went viral. Muhammet Halit was seen wearing sandals and carrying his shoe polishing gear gazing longingly at the equipment inside in the southeastern province of Adiyaman in a photograph that swept around 6

December 30, 2017 8:23 PM Turkey's Erdogan to discuss Syria with Macron in Paris

PARIS, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Paris on Jan. 5 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, with the conflict in Syria high on the agenda, a source in the French president's office said on Saturday. Among the regional crises the two leaders plan to discuss, there would be a particular focus on Syria as well as on the Palestinian 4

December 29, 2017 7:22 AM Turkey nabs 29 suspected militants ahead of New Year's Eve

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants in the capital, Ankara, on Friday, some of whom allegedly were preparing to carry out attacks during New Year's celebrations, the state-run news agency reported. Some 500 police officers took part in simultaneous raids to detain the suspects, many of them foreign 4

December 27, 2017 1:42 PM Turkish president calls Syria's Assad a 'terrorist'

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues. At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called 7

December 27, 2017 12:13 PM Turkey's Erdogan says Syria's Assad a terrorist, impossible to continue with him

TUNIS, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar al Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him. "Assad is definitely a terrorist who has carried out state terrorism," Erdogan said at a televised news conference with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi 3

December 25, 2017 3:52 PM Syrian troops capture new areas near Israeli-occupied Golan

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government forces have captured new areas south of the capital Damascus near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, increasing pressure on insurgents. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media reported that Syrian troops and their allies captured Monday three new areas from al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee 2

December 18, 2017 1:22 PM Russia to help Syria rebuild energy facilities

OSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday, after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, the RIA news agency reported. Rogozin was speaking a week after President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's 2

December 17, 2017 9:47 PM Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria

PARIS, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The military campaign against Islamic State in Syria should be completed in February following the end of fighting against the militant group in Iraq, French President Emmanuel Macron said. "On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister (Haider al-) Abadi announced the end of the war and the victory over Daesh, and I think that by mid- to late February 6