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Conviction of top Syrian intelligence official ‘a landmark leap forward’

New York: UN human rights officials have welcomed the “historic” conviction on Thursday by a German court of a former senior Syrian intelligence officer, for crimes against humanity.

UNICEF: Grim start to new year as 2 children are killed, 5 injured, in Syria

New York: Warring parties should never attack children or the services they rely on, a senior official with the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Tuesday, following recent violence and disruption in Syria.

Islamic State terrorists ambush kills 5 Syrian soldiers

Damascus/UNI/Xinhua: Five Syrian soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded when the Islamic State militants targeted their military bus in eastern Syria overnight Sunday, the media reported on Monday.

Syria: Conflict, COVID and rising costs, ‘pushing people beyond their limits’

New York: World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley concluded a three-day visit to Syria on Friday, warning that more people there are in the grips of hunger than at any time during their country’s decade-long conflict.

Syria: Progress still possible, following ‘disappointment’ over constitutional talk

New York: Although the outcome of the latest meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was “a disappointment”, members must continue their vital work, the UN Special Envoy for the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.

Four children killed on their way to school in northwest Syria

New York: Four children – three boys and a girl - were killed on Monday morning while travelling to school in northwest Syria, along with a teacher, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

Syria: Bomb attack targets army vehicle in Damascus, 14 die

Damascus: At least 14 people died as a bomb attack targeted a military vehicle  in central Damascus city of Syria on Wednesday, media reports said.

UNHCR chief urges better support for 13 million 'exhausted' and displaced Syrian

New York: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years.

Now is the time to push for political resolution in Syria: UN envoy

New York: Following a decade of appalling suffering and losses in Syria, and amid a current period of relative calm, now is the time to push for a political process to end the fighting, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Syria committed to ‘combating and eradicating terrorism’, General Assembly hears

New York: In his speech to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Monday, Fayssal Mekdad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to combat terrorism and aim to ‘restore security and stability’.

Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead

New York: A decade of war in Syria has left more than 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting that this total was an “under-count of the actual number of killings”.

On Afghanistan, Qatar calls for separating aid from political differences

New York: The international community must continue to support Afghanistan, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, warning against potential boycott in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

After 10 years of war in Syria, siege tactics still threaten civilians

New York: The future for Syria’s people is “increasingly bleak”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Tuesday, highlighting escalating conflict in several areas of the war-ravaged country, a return to siege tactics and popular demonstrations linked to the plummeting economy.

Syria: Prevent ‘entire generation from being lost’, urges UN humanitarian chief

New York: Some 13.4 million Syrians throughout the beleaguered country are in need of assistance, the UN humanitarian office said on Saturday, calling for “greater access and expanded funding”, to better help them.

Militants attack Syrian public agencies, army in Daraa, kill 4 soldiers, says Russian Military

Moscow/UNI/Sputnik: The situation in the Syrian province of Daraa significantly deteriorated, terrorists attacked state institutions and the local army, killing four soldiers and wounding eight more, Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Tuesday.