The talks will stress on fully implementing the hitherto violated ceasefire agreement made by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.
Four people have been rescued but the survivors reported that more than a hundred were on board when the boat capsised around 50 km off Libya
A joint inquiry for the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had previously identified only military units and did not name any commanders or officials as being responsible.
A local spring which provided for 70% of Damascus’s residents was destroyed by rebels in December leaving four million people without clean drinking water supply.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
Bashar al-Assad, also said his government was ready to negotiate on “everything” at peace talks his Russian allies hope to convene in Kazakhstan.
People in Aleppo have put their hopes in the peace process that brought the ceasefire under which rebels gave up the city’s eastern areas last month.
The 16-month-old’s picture strongly parallels Alan Kurdi’s who washed up on a Turkish beach last year. Meanwhile, Myanmar continues to flatly deny allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya.
Syrians have poured into Idlib at an accelerating rate over the last year, forced to abandon their homes in other parts of western Syria that the government and its foreign military allies have recaptured from rebels.
In a statement, the rebel groups also said that any territorial advances by the army and Iran-backed militias that are fighting alongside it would end the fragile ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey.
The truce deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey and welcomed by the UN Security Council, has been repeatedly violated since it began, with warring sides trading the blame.
Lieutenant General Ali Freiji, who was overseeing army operations said that three fronts began advancing on the city centre at 7 am.
Monitors reported clashes between insurgents and government forces along the provincial boundary between Idlib and Hama and other isolated incidents.
Syria would be divided into informal zones of influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for now, in a deal between the four countries.
The US rejected Erdogan’s claims that they had been supporting ISIS and other Kurdish militant groups, calling them “ludicrous.”
In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in St Petersburg, declared December 26 a national day of mourning.
The seed bank in Tal Hadya continues to operate. Its refrigerated vaults remain powered, and a small number of Syrian staff are permitted by occupying rebels to maintain the facility.
The Damascus water authority has been forced to cut supplies coming into the Syrian after rebels polluted the water with diesel.
The Kremlin said Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed Vladimir Putin about how the investigation of the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey was going.
Unless we find genuine human empathy, as opposed to the politically manufactured kind, we will be easier victims of propaganda.
The images we have seen of Aleppo could play an important role in future discourses about the responsibility to protect.
Both countries cast Monday’s attack in Ankara as an attempt to undermine a resurrection of ties that have been strained by civil war in Syria, where they back opposing sides.
The move underlines the growing strength of Moscow’s links with Tehran and Ankara, despite the murder on Monday of Russia’s envoy to Turkey.
Proposed by France, the resolution calls for “unimpeded access” to East Aleppo in order to ensure the safety of evacuees and those that remain in the city.
At stake is the eventual legal status of weapons that are activated without direct human intervention.
Videos posted on social media showed bearded men with guns cheering and shouting “God is great” after torching the green buses before they were able to reach the villages.
Jordanian security forces said they killed four “terrorist outlaws” after flushing them out of a castle in the southern city of Karak where they had holed up after a shoot-out that killed nine people.
A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands from pro-government forces that two more villages be evacuated.
While Trump wants to build ‘safe zones’ in conflict-ridden Syria and have the Gulf States pay for them, Obama said that this will be difficult to enforce.
Nearly five million Syrians uprooted by fighting are hosted in just a handful of bordering countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
Russian air strikes in Aleppo have killed some 1,207 civilians, including 380 children, the Syrian White Helmets group told UN war crimes investigators in a letter.
An initial deal that would have seen thousands of civilians and opposition fighters granted safe passage out of the city stalled on Wednesday and the planned exodus failed to materialise.
The deal to evacuate rebels and civilians has been delayed as the ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia was stalled due to renewed fighting.
Famous for textiles, soap and its UNESCO-listed citadel, Aleppo was Syria’s economic hub and of huge historic and cultural importance.
The Syrian government now appears closer to victory than at any point in the five years since protests against Assad evolved into an armed rebellion.
As winter sets in, siege conditions are increasingly desperate, exacerbated by increasing numbers of displaced residents and food and water shortages.
The rebels, who controlled large parts of eastern Aleppo for nearly five years, have lost around two-thirds of their territory in the city over the past two weeks.
It was the sixth time Russia has vetoed a Security Council resolution on Syria and the fifth time China has blocked action.
Until recently, the hardline group used communication apps to chat with members and supporters outside its main areas of control in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
At least 45 people had been killed in artillery bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Wednesday.