Fighting eases as Syria safe zones come into force

Fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces eased on Saturday as a Russian-led effort to shore up a ceasefire took effect, although battles continued on important frontlines near Hama and Damascus, rebels and a war monitor said.

Fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces eased on Saturday as a Russian-led effort to shore up a ceasefire took effect, although battles continued on important frontlines near Hama and Damascus, rebels and a war monitor said.

Russia says Syria safe zones come into force at midnight

A de-escalation agreement in Syria will take effect at midnight on Friday but Russia’s air force will continue strikes against the Islamic State (group) elsewhere in the country, Russian officials have said.

A de-escalation agreement in Syria will take effect at midnight on Friday but Russia's air force will continue strikes against the Islamic State (group) elsewhere in the country, Russian officials have said.

Syria’s Assad says chemical attack allegation is ‘100% fabrication’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US military strike, as Moscow digs in to defend its ally despite increasing strains with Washington.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a "fabrication" to justify a US military strike, as Moscow digs in to defend its ally despite increasing strains with Washington.

Tillerson meets Putin in Moscow as Syria rift deepens

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Putin warns of ‘fake’ gas attacks to frame Syria’s Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons “provocations” in Syria to frame President Bashar al-Assad, just as Washington’s top diplomat arrived for talks in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons "provocations" in Syria to frame President Bashar al-Assad, just as Washington's top diplomat arrived for talks in Moscow.

Assad allies threaten to act against further ‘aggression’

A joint command centre made up of forces from Russia, Iran and militias backing Syrian President Bashar al Assad threatened reprisals against any party that carries out “aggression” against Syria, two days after US missiles hit a Syrian air base.

A joint command centre made up of forces from Russia, Iran and militias backing Syrian President Bashar al Assad threatened reprisals against any party that carries out "aggression" against Syria, two days after US missiles hit a Syrian air base.