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How to Make Beef Jerky | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss‘ new book,</i> The Four Hour Chef<i>.</i><p><b>An Introduction to Dehydrating Food</b><p>Dehydration is all about removing …

Syrian army captures strategic border town

Syrian forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, are in full control of Yabroud after clearing out rebels holed up in the strategic Syrian town for months, Syrian state media and opposition activists have reported.<p>Capturing Yabroud, the last major rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north …

Amid carnage of war, Syria readies for Assad re-election | Reuters

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, Bashar al-Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected.<p>Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attend a rally to …

ISIL retreats from parts of north Syria

Fighters from the breakaway group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have begun withdrawing from parts of northern Syria ahead of a deadline set by a powerful rival al-Qaeda faction.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday said the ISIL was retreating east towards its …

Al-Qaeda Rebels in Syria Tell Christians to Pay Up or Die

Radical Islamist rebels running the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have made the Christians living in the area an offer they can’t refuse: pay for …

Senior al-Qaeda commander killed in Syria

A Syrian rebel commander, who fought alongside al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack in Aleppo, intensifying in-fighting between rival armed groups.<p>The killing of Abu Khaled al-Suri on Sunday in a suicide bombing in the …

Syria army captures village in Hama province

Syrian government forces have recaptured a village in central Hama province, Syria's state news agency reported, as activists say 17 were killed barrel bombs in northwest Daraa.<p>The violence comes a day after the Free Syrian Army rebel group fired and replaced its military chief, Salim Idriss.<p>State …

Syrian rebels split over FSA leader's sacking

General Salim Idriss has rejected his dismissal as military chief of the rebel Free Syrian Army, saying the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring" - highlighting deep divisions in the opposition.<p>Speaking in a video statement on Wednesday, flanked by several top field commanders of …

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Homs mission 'a success' as Syria talks stall

The United Nations is to talk to rebels about the evacuation effort from Homs, with the city's governor, Talal Barzai, saying the Syrian regime was willing to have another ceasefire extension to allow more people to leave and more aid to enter.<p>Barzai told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the UN would …

Syria aid mission stalls amid talks deadlock

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, the international mediator has acknowledged after a face-to-face meeting of the rival parties in Geneva.<p>Negotiations intended to end Syria's three-year-old civil war began with a week-long session last month and …

UN resumes evacuations from Syria's Homs

Operations to evacuate civilians from besieged parts of the city of Homs and deliver aid have resumed after being suspended for a day, the provincial governor said.<p>"At 11:00 am (09:00 GMT), food aid was able to enter the Old City of Homs," Talal Barazi told AFP news agency.<p>"The vehicles that are …

Fighting rages in Syria despite peace talks

Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, as peace talks between the government and opposition continued in Geneva.<p>The talks have been accompanied by a sharp rise in violence on the ground in Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on …

Brahimi: Syria peace talks' failure looms

High-level Russian and US diplomats have promised to help keep Syria peace talks alive in Geneva as they reached a deadlock, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said.<p>Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman "promised that they will help both here and in …

Russia accuses US of sabotaging Syria talks

Russia's foreign minister has accused the United States of using peace talks to seek "regime change" in Syria.<p>Speaking in Moscow on Friday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the issue of a transitional government, a key focus for opposition negotiators, must not dominate the talks in …

Syria rivals declare impasse in peace talks

A second round of Syria peace talks in Geneva has made no progress, Syria rival delegates said, as the United States and Russia traded blame for the talks' failure to take off.<p>"We deeply regret that this round did not make any progress," Faisal Maqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, told …

Syria peace talks end in deadlock

Syria's government and opposition have agreed on an agenda for a third round of peace talks in Geneva, despite disappointment at the little progress achieved as the second round came to an end.<p>No date was set for the negotiations to resume, and dispute overshadowed the potential talks as the two …

Can negotiations resolve the Syrian conflict?

After days of accusation and counter accusation in Geneva, the second round of talks on Syria ended in a deadlock on Saturday.<p>"I apologise to the Syrian people ... I apologise to them that in these two rounds we haven't helped them very much," the UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after the …

Kerry blasts Syria's Assad for 'terrorism'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed the Syrian government for stonewalling peace talks, intended to bring the civil war to an end, and told Moscow it had to stop supplying President Bashar al-Assad's regime with weapons.<p>In Jakarta on Monday, Kerry said that Russia needed to be part of the …

Free Syrian Army fires military chief

The rebel Free Syrian Army has fired Salim Idriss as its military chief, calling him "ineffective" and lacking in experience to lead military operations on the ground.<p>In a video broadcast on the internet on Sunday, the rebel coalition said its military council had decided to replace Idriss with …

Haunted survivors of Homs emerge from hiding as fragile truce holds

Six hundred days had passed under a punishing siege in the ravaged Old Quarter in Homs. It was the sixth day in a rebel-held area cut off by government troops. But a vital "humanitarian pause" to get more aid in, and bring more people out, could not and would not be rushed.<p>Last Wednesday every …

Why Humanitarian Ceasefires Could Be a Viable Option in Syria

This week, more than 700 civilians were evacuated from besieged areas of Homs city, under the cover of a ceasefire that was the only tangible …

Hezbollah says will quit Syria if Arabs stop meddling

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called on Sunday for Arab political forces to "stop the war on Syria," promising that if they left the country alone, his Lebanese Shi'ite group would also withdraw.<p>The three-year-old conflict in Syria has fuelled Sunni-Shi'ite tensions in …

Syrian rebel allies strike blow against ISIL

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have withdrawn from Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Deir al-Zor, activists and rebels said, after days of heavy fighting with rivals.<p>"The ISIL fighters have almost completely withdrawn from Deir al-Zor. The fighters are moving to …

Syria talks resume as Homs mission continues

Syrian government and opposition delegates have started a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks, as hundreds of people continue to leave the city of Homs as part of a negotiated deal.<p>The first face-to-face meetings mediated by the UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, adjourned 10 days ago with …

Egypt's army chief al-Sisi is to run for president

Egypt’s military chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has confirmed his intention to run for president.<p>The elections are due within the next few months following the approval of the country’s newly amended constitution.<p>According to Kuwaiti media reports Sisi said he had no alternative but to …