Syria’s Idlib spared attack, Turkey to send in more troops

ANKARA/AMMAN (Reuters) - Turkey will send more troops into Syria's Idlib province after striking a deal with Russia that has averted a government offensive and delighted rebels who said it kept the area out of President Bashar al-Assad's hands. The deal unveiled on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad's most

Crimea trading its unsold wheat to Syria in exchange for olive oil

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat. Shipments started picking up in the middle of last year

U.S. calls for U.N. help to end 3 year war in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid new clashes in Yemen, the United States on Monday called on factions to work with the United Nations to end the more than three-year-old conflict that has pitted Iran-aligned Houthis against other Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a

Syria: Highway between Homs and Hama reopens

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government re-opened the highway between the cities of Homs and Hama on Wednesday a month after its forces retook a rebel-held pocket that had straddled the road that was closed for almost seven years. Motorists waved Syrian flags as they drove down the highway whose re-opening