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Japan, U.S., Australia foreign ministers meet over strategic issues

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, (PNA/Kyodo) — The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and Australia met Friday over issues of joint concern including China’s maritime assertiveness and the situation in…

Syria an eerie parallel of Iraq, says former Iraq war planner

By Matthew Rusling WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — History could see a re-run in Syria, as the situation in the war-torn country eerily parallels aspects of the U.S. war in Iraq, Ted…

Syria’s Assad stresses commitment to chemical weapon treaty

DAMASCUS, (PNA/Xinhua) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed commitment to the chemical weapon treaty as part of a broader deal between Russia and the United States to dismantle Syria’s chemical…

Syrians welcome Russian initiative to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal

DAMASCUS, (PNA/Xinhua) — Tens of Syrians staged a sit-in Tuesday before the Syrian Cabinet building in the capital Damascus to express their support to the recent Russian initiative regarding stripping…

U.S. won’t launch full-fledged war on Syria — Rice

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Itar-Tass) -– The United States has no intentions of launching a drawn-out campaign with missile and bomb strikes, such as those conducted by NATO in Libya in 2011 or…

Syria’s Assad says allies to respond in case of foreign aggression

DAMASCUS, (PNA/Xinhua) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his allies would respond if his country were subject to foreign military attack, pro-government Sham FM radio reported Sunday. The radio…

Assad may not be responsible for Syria chemical attack: German paper

BERLIN, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Syrian government forces may have carried out the chemical attack last month without the permission of President Bashar al-Assad, German media reported on Sunday, citing German…