December 2, 2013 The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
November 30, 2013 The U.S. plans to destroy the chemicals at sea using a process called hydrolysis. The organization charged by the international community with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile said private companies will likely be contracted to neutralize some other weapons.
November 25, 2013 Representatives from the opposition and from the Assad regime will sit down for the first time, the U.N. says. But great obstacles remain. The opposition says Assad must step down. He and his supporters have said they aren't going to discuss handing over power.
November 22, 2013 The cost of the project would be capped at $54 million, according to the group running the effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons. And contractors must be able to move quickly.
November 15, 2013 Apparently thinking he was a fighter loyal to President Bashar Assad, one Islamist militant group executed a commander from another anti-Assad militia. An apology has been offered.
November 8, 2013 The recent discovery of polio in Syria and Israel should be a wake-up call to European health officials, scientists say. Low vaccination rates in some regions could offer the crippling virus a chance to reenter Europe and possibly gain a foothold. Vaccines used there also make it more likely that people can spread the virus.
November 4, 2013 On one side, they are battling forces loyal to the Assad regime; on the other, Islamist rebels from among their own ranks. But while the Islamists and the regime are both well-funded, the moderate rebels are looking to the U.S. for aid — and getting little in return.
October 31, 2013 Officials in Tel Aviv have refused to comment on the reported attack at a Syrian airbase near the port city of Latakia.
October 31, 2013 An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
October 28, 2013 The group of hackers working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility for the brief attack that hijacked links on the @BarackObama Twitter feed.
October 27, 2013 The process of cataloging and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is continuing, as the country met Sunday's deadline for submitting a formal declaration. Weapons experts must also complete their inspection of all 23 storage and production sites today.
October 25, 2013 Oslo says the country doesn't have a port that could take the weapons and that it lacks the capacity to treat some of the waste products from disarming the munitions.
October 21, 2013 Syria used to have one of the highest rates of polio vaccinations in the region. But since the civil war began, rates have plummeted. Now the crippling virus has likely returned to the country, health officials say. Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children.
October 18, 2013 In apparent anger over the handling of Syria, the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh turned down the rotating seat until unspecified reforms in the "method and work mechanism" on the council are undertaken.