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Australia's conservatives secure majority government – media

May 20, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Australian broadcaster ABC says Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition will hold at least 77 seats in the 151-member lower house, one more than needed to govern on its own

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Finland government resigns over failed reforms

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila calls the failure to pass the reform 'a major disappointment'

RESIGNATION. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announces his cabinet's resignation in a press conferance at the Prime Minister's official residence Kesäranta in Helsinki, Finland on March 8, 2019. Photo by Seppo Samuli/Lehtikuva/AFP

Syrian opposition slams Lausanne talks as 'procrastination'

Oct 15, 2016 - 6:38 PM

The meeting would fail to make any progress as no Syrians were invited says the deputy head of the Istanbul based National Coalition opposition body

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia's PM

Jul 19, 2016 - 9:21 AM

The multi millionaire former banker s Liberal National coalition clung to power in closely fought July 2 polls

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares victory for the ruling conservatives at a press conference in Sydney on July 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian conservatives edge ahead in Brexit shadow

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Australia s ruling party used the Brexit vote to warn against voting for Labor in upcoming elections

People hand out how-to-vote pamphlets outside a polling station in Sydney's central business district on June 27, 2016, which is open to voters who will be absent on election day. William West/AFP

Australia PM vows stability to counter Brexit chaos

Jun 26, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges voters to re elect his coalition government on July 2

PROMISE. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts after addressing party members at the Coalition Campaign Launch in Sydney on June 26, 2016. Lukas Coch/Pool/AFP

Australia's opposition party vows fierce fight in election

Jun 19, 2016 - 1:01 PM

The July 2 poll is tipped to be a tight race and could see the ruling Liberal National coalition become the first government in more than 8 decades to be turfed out of office after one term

PEOPLE FIRST. Leader of Australia's Labor Party, Bill Shorten (C), speaks to the audience at the launch of the party's election campaign in Sydney on June 19, 2016. William West/AFP

UN council backs Syria peace plan

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

In January we hope and expect to be at the table and to be able to implement a full ceasefire says US Secretary of State John Kerry

SYRIA PEACE PLAN. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and UN Special Envoy for the Syria Crisis Staffan de Mistura speak at a press conference following the unanimous adoption of a resolution calling for a cease-fire and political talks to help end the civil war in Syria at the United Nations Security Council meeting. Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Syria dissidents meet to forge new opposition alliance

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The new grouping would offer an alternative to the National Coalition the exiled opposition bloc that is widely recognized and supported by Arab and Western governments

Opposition Centre wins Finnish election, ousts PM Stubb

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:44 AM

Several weeks of difficult negotiations are expected before Centre Party s Juha Sipila is able to present a coalition government

Syria talks kick off in Moscow but little progress expected

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:47 AM

UPDATED The discussions are expected to focus on humanitarian issues and serve as a way for Russia a main backer of the Syrian regime to build its profile as a potential mediator in the conflict

Australia's Abbott defiant as MPs call for leadership vote

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:24 AM

Pressure has mounted on Abbott following a controversial decision to make Britain s Prince Philip a knight

REFLECTION. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott waits to speak at The National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, 02 February 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Tony Abbott: I won't resign as Australia PM

Feb 02, 2015 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED He says he believes he is the right person to lead the government after reports that some of his colleagues were under pressure to challenge him following his controversial decision to make Britain s Prince Philip a knight

REFLECTION. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott waits to speak at The National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, 02 February 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Shock state election rout piles pressure on Australian PM

Feb 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

The demise of the Liberal National coalition LNP in Queensland elections held Saturday January 31 piles further pressure on Tony Abbott

UNDER PRESSURE. In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during the Australia Day celebrations in Canberra, Australia, 26 January 2015. Wayne King/EPA

Syria talks start in Moscow as West's approach alters

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The Kremlin sponsored talks are not expected to yield a major breakthrough as the main opposition group the exiled National Coalition refuses to attend

In this file photo, a Russian policeman guards during New Year celebrations on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 01 January 2015. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

UN seeks more cross-border aid deliveries to Syria

Nov 26, 2014 - 9:39 AM

The UN Security Council will move to allow cross border deliveries of relief supplies to Syria for another year as new figures showed more Syrians were in need of aid

Volunteers from two of three non-governmental organizations currently operating relief groups in Arsal, Lebanon, after international humanitarian actors halted operations in the border town due to security reasons, distributes boxes of aid to Syrian refugees in Al-Masri refugee camp on October 25, 2014. Maya Hautefueille/AFP

Anti-Assad countries beef up aid to Syria opposition

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The Friends of Syria group reaffirmed the need for a political settlement in Syria after more than three years of civil war but the SNC leader said the prospects for a negotiated deal were virtually nil

IN LIMBO. A Syrian refugee family braves a sand storm at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 24 September 2014. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

US, Arab allies launch air strikes on ISIS jihadists in Syria

Sep 23, 2014 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED US media reported five Arab states took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the Islamic State group

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Syrian opposition elects el-Bahra as new leader

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The Syrian National Coalition will be hoping Hadi el Bahra enjoys greater success than his predecessor Ahmad Jarba in keeping up the pressure on the regime

NEW OPPOSITION CHIEF. In this file photo, Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi el-Bahra arrives for a meeting during the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 February 2014. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Hundreds evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED State television said the operation – the second evacuation in 3 days – took place under fire from armed terrorist groups

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

Syria talks end with accusations, next round uncertain

Feb 01, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Negotiations end with the opposing sides continuing to spar over who is to blame for the bloody conflict that has claimed 130 000 lives

WHAT'S NEXT? UN Arab League Special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after closing a round of the negotiations at the European headquarters of the UN, in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 31 2014. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Syria talks to continue despite deadlock over power transfer

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:43 AM

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that talks haven t produced much but he said he would bring the country s warring sides together again on Tuesday

NO PROGRESS. UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after a round of talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Syria warring sides join world powers in Montreux for talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 6:40 AM

Officials express little hope of a breakthrough at the conference but say just bringing President Bashar al Assad s regime and the opposition to the same table will be a sign of progress

TALKS VENUE. Police block the street at the arrival of Syrian government delegation at their hotel on January 21, 2014 on the eve of the so-called Geneva II peace talks in Montreux. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Ban boots Iran out of Syria peace talks

Jan 21, 2014 - 6:42 AM

The UN secretary general was forced to act after the Syrian opposition threatened to withdraw from the talks if Iran takes part

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Syria's Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Assad calls for the talks scheduled to begin on Wednesday January 22 in Montreux in Switzerland to focus on what he termed his war against terrorism

ASSAD SPEAKS. In a picture released on January 20, 2014, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus on the weekend. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria opposition threatens talks boycott over Iran invite

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The Syrian National Coalition said it would withdraw from the negotiations unless the invitation to Iran extended by UN Sec Gen Ban Ki moon was retracted

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, 17 January 2014. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ISIL 'reaching out' to Syria rebels: audio message

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:49 AM

The remarks mark a shift for ISIL which said earlier it would crush opposition fighters and considered members of the Syrian National Coalition and the military command of the Free Syrian Army to be legitimate targets

West hails Syria opposition vote to join peace talks

Jan 19, 2014 - 6:40 PM

United States Britain France and Germany were equally elated with the opposition s decision to overcome internal divisions and go to Switzerland

Syria opposition to join peace talks to oust Assad

Jan 19, 2014 - 7:59 AM

The exiled Coalition votes by 58 votes to 14 with two abstentions and one blank vote at a meeting in Istanbul to attend the so called Geneva II talks which open Wednesday

Syria peace hopes at Paris crossroads

Jan 12, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Kerry and ministers from 10 other countries in the Friends of Syria grouping will seek to persuade the opposition National Coalition to attend talks due to start later this month in Switzerland

IN TATTERS. A Syrian flag flutters in the foreground with Damascus' Sheraton hotel (C) and Mount Qasyun in the backgound on December 12, 2013. Louai Beshara/AFP

Syria rebels besiege Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The new front in Syria s increasingly complex civil war opened less than three weeks away from a planned peace conference

Air blitz death toll in Syria's Aleppo passes 400

Dec 25, 2013 - 11:37 PM

The death toll from a 10 day Syrian regime air offensive on Aleppo rebels passes 400 Wednesday

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Syria air strikes kill 15 in hard-hit Aleppo

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Activists also reports an airstrike against Azaz on Syria s border with Turkey

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Aleppo bombing kills hundreds, threatening Syria talks

Dec 24, 2013 - 11:20 AM

The vicious campaign has seen aircraft drop barrels of TNT on rebel held neighborhoods in Aleppo – a tactic widely condemned as unlawful – flooding hospitals with victims

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Regime seizes Syria town as conflict passes 1,000th day

Dec 10, 2013 - 7:06 AM

The violence again showed no signs of abating with a powerful storm forecast to make matters worse for Syrians

RUINED BY WAR. A picture taken on December 8, 2013 shows a devastated street of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Syria peace conference set for January 22: UN

Nov 25, 2013 - 9:44 PM

The warring sides will finally meet for the long elusive Geneva II peace negotiations

CONFLICT-RIDDEN SYRIA. A Syrian army tank maneuvers in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30. Photo by Sam Skaine/AFP

First test for Syria rebel government: provide services

Nov 13, 2013 - 6:08 PM

But the fractious internal politics of the Coalition along with the strength of Al Qaeda affiliated jihadists on the ground and advances by regime troops all pose key challenges for the new government

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:30 AM

UPDATED The latest upsurge of violence in Syria came a day after Washington and Moscow failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks

BLAST SCENE. A handout photo made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at al-Hejaz square in Damascus, Syria, 06 November 2013. According to SANA, eight civilians have been killed and 50 others wounded in the blast in al-Hejaz Square. EPA/SANA Handout

Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:19 PM

The meeting came a day after the Red Crescent evacuated hundreds of civilians from a besieged town near Damascus

DAMASCUS MEETING. Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) meets with the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L), in Damascus, Syria, 30 October 2013. EPA/SANA/Handout

Syria talks in London agree no future role for Assad

Oct 22, 2013 - 11:56 PM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Syrian President Bashar al Assad Assad has no role in a peaceful and democratic Syria

Assad: 'Factors not in place' for Syria peace talks

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:15 AM

His comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry says any attempt by Assad to be re elected would extend the country s civil war

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Russia, US OK mid-November Syria peace talks – Lavrov

Oct 07, 2013 - 2:42 PM

The so called Geneva 2 peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria

MEETING IN BALI. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on October 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

UN's Ban holds first meeting with Syrian opposition chief

Sep 29, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Meeting likely to infuriate President Bashar al Assad s government

Syria opposition condemns jihadist attacks on rebels

Sep 20, 2013 - 2:36 PM

Syria s opposition National Coalition condemned recent attacks by loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant against Free Syrian Army rebels

ATTACKS ON REBELS. Syria's opposition National Coalition condemned attacks by Al-Qaeda loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Free Syrian Army rebels

Australia's foreign, defense policies after the polls: Howard 2.0?

Sep 15, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Abbott has plainly signaled that he sees this government as a continuation of that which was voted out in 2007

Assad defiant in face of US strikes threat

Sep 01, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Syria said US President Barack Obama has grown hesitant and confused after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress

DEFIANT. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 26, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus. AFP / SANA

Syria opposition thinks US will OK strike

Sep 01, 2013 - 7:07 PM

We had a feeling of disappointment We were expecting things to be quicker that a strike would be imminent But we believe Congress will approve a strike

Syria crisis resolution only by 'striking terror with iron fist': Assad

Aug 05, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Assad also dismissed the political opposition to his regime as a failure that could play no role in solving the country s brutal war

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad giving a speech at an "iftar" meal on the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with political and religious figures in Damascus on August 4, 2013. Photo by AFP/SANA handout

Syria opposition presses Kerry for US arms

Jul 26, 2013 - 7:29 AM

Syrian opposition leaders say that US commitment of military support needs to happen fast

POLITICAL SOLUTION. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows bodies of rebel fighters after being ambushed by government forces in the industrial city of Adra outside Damascus. The UN says only a political solution can bring an end to the civil war, which killed over 100,000 people. AFP/HO/SANA