Russia-led Syria peace congress to be held Jan 30
Russian-led peace talks on Syria will be held on January 30 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia's chief negotiator Aleksandr Lavrentyev said Saturday, quoted by Interfax news agency.
Regime forces advance against jihadists in northwest Syria
Syrian regime forces advanced against jihadists Saturday on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control, a monitor and the state news agency said.
Syria's Assad calls US-backed Kurdish fighters 'traitors'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called US-backed Kurdish fighters "traitors" Monday, ramping up the rhetoric against the forces controlling more than a quarter of the country.
UN aims to restart Syria talks with unified opposition
The United Nations will try to revitalise its flagging Syria peace process this week, buoyed by the prospect of hosting a unified opposition delegation in Geneva for the first time.
Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran
President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group.
No relations with Syria for countries backing rebels - Assad
"We are not isolated like they think, it's their arrogance that pushes them to think in this manner," said Assad in a speech to members of Syria's diplomatic corps carried on state television.
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria
A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said Sunday.
Putin shows off Russia's naval might with major parade
President Vladimir Putin on Sunday oversaw a pomp-filled display of Russia's naval might as the Kremlin paraded its sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria.