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LafargeHolcim chief executive to step down over Syria controversy

LafargeHolcim Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Eric Olsen resigned after two years at the helm amid a probe into operations in war-torn Syria, leaving the world’s biggest cement company without a leader as it struggles to make a success of the merger between French and Swiss rivals.

24 Apr 2017,

500 Feared Dead After Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean

As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean while attempting to reach Italy from Libya by boat last week, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday.

21 Apr 2016,

Mission Accomplished? Russia to Withdraw Troops From Syria on Tuesday

Russia's bombing blitz in Syria will end today, leaving behind both significant destruction and a Syrian regime to largely fend for itself.

15 Mar 2016,

At Least 50 Killed by ISIS Bombs in Syria, Clouding U.N. Peace Talks

A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian issues before it will join formal talks on ending the five-year civil war.

01 Feb 2016,

Russia Accused of Killing at Least 200 Civilians Since Joining Syrian Fight

A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.

23 Dec 2015,

Putin Says Turkish Downing of Russian Plane Was an 'Enemy Act'

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pugnacious as always, called the Turkish downing of a Russian war plane "an enemy act" and rejected international efforts to oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

17 Dec 2015,

Erdogan: Downed Russian Plane Violated Turkish Sovereignty

Russia will deploy surface-to-air missiles to Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said, according to the ministry's Twitter feed. Russia will deploy S-400 defense missile systems to its Hmeymim airbase near Latakia, Syria, on the Mediterranean coast, the ministry says.

25 Nov 2015,

Russian Warplane Downed; Turkey Says Aircraft Violated Airspace Near Border

Turkey says it issued 10 warnings to the aircraft that violated its airspace Tuesday before responding "within engagement rules" near the Turkey-Syria border.

24 Nov 2015,

Syria's Assad Flies to Moscow to Thank Russia's Putin for Air Strikes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank Russia's Vladimir Putin for his military support, in a surprise visit that underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.

21 Oct 2015,

U.S. Officials Say Russian Missiles Heading for Syria Landed in Iran

A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.

09 Oct 2015,

ISIS Destroys Arch of Triumph in Syria's Palmyra Ruins

ISIS militants have destroyed the iconic Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, the latest cultural treasure of the ancient site that they have reduced to rubble, Syrian authorities said.

05 Oct 2015,

International Partners Urge Russia to Stop Targeting Opposition and Civilians in Syria

An international coalition is urging Russia to immediately cease attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and focus instead on fighting Islamic State extremists.

02 Oct 2015,

Putin Gets OK to Begin Russian Airstrikes in Syria

The upper house of the Russian parliament has given President Vladimir Putin approval to use the Russian air force in Syria, according to state media.

30 Sep 2015,

Russian Fighter Jets Enter Syria with Transponders Off

A U.S. official told CNN Thursday that Russian fighter jets turned off their transponders as they flew into Syria in an apparent attempt to avoid detection. The official said the fighters flew very close to a transport plane that had its transponder on and functioning.

25 Sep 2015,

Russian Moves in Syria Widen Role in Mideast

Russia has sent some of its most modern battle tanks to a new air base in Syria in what American officials said Monday was part of an escalating buildup that could give Moscow its most significant military foothold in the Middle East in decades.

15 Sep 2015,

ISIS Blows Up Ancient Temple at Syria’s Palmyra Ruins

Militants from the Islamic State set off explosions at a temple in the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria, activists and government officials said on Sunday, continuing a pattern of destruction that they have visited upon historical sites across the territory they control there and in Iraq.

24 Aug 2015,

Syrian Archaeologist 'Killed in Palmyra' by IS Militants

The archaeologist who looked after ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria for 40 years is reported to have been killed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

19 Aug 2015,

U.S. Officials: 5 Pentagon-Trained Fighters Captured in Syria

U.S. officials say five Pentagon-trained fighters have been captured, probably by al-Nusra the al-Qaeda branch in Syria. The Pentagon has lost track of some of the fighters who apparently have scattered, reports CBS News' David Martin.

05 Aug 2015,

ISIS Video Shows Execution of 25 Men in Ruins of Syria Amphitheater

A just-released video from ISIS shows militants executing 25 captives in the ruins of a Roman amphitheater in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

06 Jul 2015,

Islamic State Claims to Have Beheaded U.S. Hostage Kassig

Islamic State militants said in a video on Sunday they had beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig and warned the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens "on your streets".

16 Nov 2014,

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