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Syria and rebels agree to extend rescue effort in city of Homs

DAMASCUS, Syria — A plan to provide humanitarian aid to besieged residents in the Syrian city of Homs was extended Monday for three days, the<p>United Nationsannounced, as a new round of Syrian peace talks began.<p>The U.N. said the fresh cease-fire was reached to allow for the delivery of aid and the …

Middle East

Iranian Commander Lets Slip That Revolutionary Guard Is Fighting in Syria

Iran’s military involvement in Syria’s civil war is not much of a secret. Yet when a commander in the Revolutionary Guard Corps spoke openly about it …

Former military commander: 130,000 Iranians are ready to fight in Syria

<i>Fars News</i> <i>Agency,</i> which is thought to be close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, posted an article quoting former IRGC commander Hussein …

Middle East

U.S. officials say Syria is using remaining chemical weapons stockpile as leverage

The months-long effort to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons program has ground to a halt because Syria is holding on to 27 tons of sarin precursor chemicals as leverage in a dispute with the international community over the future of facilities used to store the deadly agents, according to U.S. …

Syria regime raid on Aleppo kills at least 33

Syrian warplanes hit a popular market in a rebel-held district of Aleppo today killing at least 33 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights …

Middle East

U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.<p>“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in …

Vladimir Putin Fast-Tracks Citizenship for Russian Speakers

President Vladimir Putin approved legal amendments to make it simpler for Russian speakers in ex-Soviet countries - such as Ukraine - to gain Russian citizenship.<p>The changes, which were reported by the Reuters, come during a tense period in eastern Ukraine with pro-Russian separatists occupying …

Russia

Syria presidential date fixed for June 3

Syria will hold presidential elections that are expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office on June 3, the country's parliamentary speaker has said.<p>The first presidential election - after constitutional amendments did away with the old referendum system - will be held amid a civil war …

Hagel: U.S. May ‘Adjust’ Missile Defenses in Europe, As Tensions Rise

Amid rising ten­sions with Rus­sia, the U.S. de­fense chief said Wash­ing­ton and its al­lies may “ad­just” the tim­ing for field­ing an­ti­mis­sile …

Military

Brzezinski: Hope for Peace in Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Advisor to President Carter and is now an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International …

Russia