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Russia backs Aleppo assault to strong-arm US: analysts

Birut - Russia has decided to throw its military might behind the Syrian regime's drive to recapture divided Aleppo in a bid to strong-arm Washington into accepting Moscow's demands, analysts say.

Five things to know about Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Once an economic powerhouse, Aleppo and its surrounding countryside have suffered some of the bloodiest violence in Syria's five-year conflict that has cost more than 300,000 lives.

First air strikes on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

Birut - Four air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo on Sunday, a monitor said, in the first raids on the battered city since a truce came into force.

'Coalition raid' hits Syria army as truce wavers

Birut - A US-led coalition fighting jihadists in Syria admitted it may have hit an army position in the east, in strikes that Russia and a monitor said killed at least 62 soldiers.

Syria war death toll now more than 300,000: monitor

Birut - More than 300,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011, a monitor said in a new toll Tuesday, the first full day of an internationally-brokered truce.

Key points in US-Russia truce deal on Syria

Birut - A Syrian ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is set to come into force Monday at sundown, but opposition forces have yet to sign on to the truce.

Syria: five years of efforts to end the conflict

Birut - A ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington is due to take effect in Syria at sundown on Monday, the latest bid to end fighting between government forces and non-jihadist rebels.

Syria ceasefire set for sundown but opposition seeks 'guarantees'

Birut - An internationally brokered ceasefire in Syria was due to begin at sundown on Monday but, with only hours to go, the country's opposition forces had yet to sign on.

Lebanon's Hezbollah backs Syria truce deal

Birut - Hezbollah has announced its support for a US-Russia truce deal for Syria, where the Lebanese Shiite movement has intervened militarily on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.

Air strikes kill more Syria civilians ahead of truce

Birut - Air strikes on Syria's battleground city of Aleppo killed six civilians on Sunday just 24 hours before a truce brokered by Russia and the United States was due to begin.

Toll from strikes on Syria's Idlib jumps to 58: monitor

Birut - The death toll in air strikes on the key northwestern Syrian city of Idlib jumped to 58 late Saturday, a monitoring group said. It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids, which hit a market and several neighbourhoods across the city.

24 killed in air strikes on Syria's Idlib: monitor

Birut - Air strikes that hit a market and areas of the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib Saturday killed 24 people, a monitor said, a day after Russia and the US agreed a truce for Syria.

Syria regime accepts US-Russia truce as opposition wavers

Birut - Syria's government on Saturday approved a ceasefire deal brokered by its Russian ally and the US, but the main opposition group was more cautious.

Turkish shelling kills six Syrian Kurd fighters

Birut - Heavy Turkish shelling across the border into Syria killed six US-backed Kurdish fighters and wounded several civilians, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

IS claims deadly attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria

Birut - The Islamic State group has claimed a rocket attack that killed three Turkish soldiers in Syria, its first deadly attack on Turkish forces since they crossed the border two weeks ago."Soldiers of the caliphate...

Syria army besieges Aleppo as US, Russia talks stumble

Birut - Syrian government troops renewed the siege of rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Sunday, as Washington and Moscow failed to reach a deal on stemming violence in the country's devastating war.

Syria regime cuts off rebel-held Aleppo, renewing siege: monitor

Birut - Syrian government troops on Sunday seized a military academy south of Aleppo city, once again encircling the rebel-held districts in the east and placing them under siege, a monitor said.

Investigation after boy sneaks onto Beirut-Istanbul flight

Birut - Officials at Beirut's international airport said Friday they were investigating how a teenage boy was able to sneak onto a flight and travel to Turkey without a ticket or passport.

Syria rebel gains as UN raps govt evacuation 'strategy'

Birut - Rebels and jihadists battled pro-government forces in the central Syrian province of Hama Thursday as the country's UN envoy warned that more people could be forcibly evacuated from towns besieged by the regime.

Garbage crisis returns to parts of Lebanon

Birut - A garbage crisis has returned to Lebanon with trash piling up in regions north of Beirut months after the government headed off a political crisis over uncollected waste.
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