The Golan Heights, in south-western Syria, was seized by Israel following "Six-Day Wars" in 1967. Israel announced in 1981 that it annexed the Golan Heights and the region came under Israeli military control.
Although the United Nations (UN) did not recognize Israel's move and called on Israel to give back the lands it took from Syria, the Golan Heights have been a disputed region between Syria and Israel.
The Russian administration had said Russia was ready to deploy its troops to the Golan Heights to replace Austrian troops. Austria had said it would withdraw its troops from the region following violent clashes between the Syrian army and the Syrian opposition.
Syria has been in a civil war since March 2011. More than 80,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million Syrians have fled the worn-torn country, according to the UN.
Three-day UN-backed ceasefire went into effect midnight Wednesday
The eight-strong group was the biggest deployment of Russian naval assets seen off British shores in recent years, a Royal Navy spokesman said
We love to see the children so happy, says one journalist of the city, liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield
Shop reportedly printed banners depicting perpetrator of recent shooting attack
Gunfire and artillery exchanges erupted around a crossing point near the rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr district shortly after the pause began.
There has also been speculation he could give a speech before leaving office in January that would do the same.
Children are usually the most who suffer in war with the current refugee crisis considered to be one of the largest humanitarian crisis experienced in history
Three-day truce between Yemen’s warring parties to go into effect midnight Wednesday
Orhan Buyruk was arrested late last month at Ben Gurion Airport for suspected 'spying'
"Before we can do something really meaningful... we need assurances from all parties," said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in Geneva.
Jewish extremist groups have called on supporters to converge on Al-Aqsa compound this week to mark Sukkot
Billboards reportedly put up in Tahrir Square by TV broadcaster linked to Palestinian politician Mohamed Dahlan
Carter to discuss regional issues including latest developments in Iraq, Syria
A draft regulation that was prepared in July has been passed declaring FETO, linked to the Turkish coup, a terrorist organisation
Iraqi forces backed by an international coalition are making gains in their advance on the city, the last major urban centre in Iraq under the ISIL group's control.
A spokesman for Paris-based UNESCO said the resolution, which has caused Israel to suspend its cooperation with the agency, was adopted without a new vote after being approved at the committee stage last week.