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Fresh raids in Syria's Aleppo despite bids to halt fighting

Aleppo - Fresh air strikes pounded Syria's Aleppo city early Monday, an AFP correspondent said, as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva in a bid to halt the mounting carnage.

US, Russia in bids to halt fighting in Syria's Aleppo

Ginebra - US Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push in Geneva on Sunday as world powers desperately sought ways to halt the mounting carnage in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

US, Russia in bids to halt fighting in Syria's Aleppo

Ginebra - US Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push in Geneva on Sunday as world powers desperately sought ways to halt the mounting carnage in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

US, Russia in bids to halt fighting in Syria's Aleppo

Ginebra - US Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push in Geneva on Sunday as world powers desperately sought ways to halt the mounting carnage in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Turkey car bomb kills two police, wounds 22 near Syria border

Istanbul - A car bomb on Sunday hit the Turkish city of Gaziantep, a major refugee hub near the Syrian border, killing at least two policemen and wounding 22 other people, with the country on edge after a succession of militant attacks.

US demands Assad forces halt Aleppo strikes as residents flee

Aleppo - The United States Saturday demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces halt their bombardment of Aleppo and help restore a nationwide ceasefire, with Secretary of State John Kerry due to head to Geneva for talks on the conflict.

Kerry to travel to Geneva in show of support for Syria ceasefire: US

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva Sunday in a show of support for the ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces, US officials said Saturday.

Suicide bomber 'kills five Kurdish police' in Syria

Kamishli - A suicide bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in Syria's divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.

Aleppo: A key Syrian battleground

Birut - The city of Aleppo, capital of the eponymous northern province, is strategically vital to all sides involved in Syria's five-year civil war and at the centre of escalating violence imperilling a landmark ceasefire.

Clinic hit in Syria's Aleppo amid outcry over hospital strike

Aleppo - Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday, damaging a clinic just days after a strike on another hospital killed two doctors and sparked international outcry.

'Dozens dead' in Aleppo clashes

Birut - At least 38 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded in fresh violence in Syria's second city Aleppo on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

US, UN condemn Syria hospital bombing in war-ravaged Aleppo

Aleppo - The United States and the United Nations Thursday condemned an air strike on a hospital in Syria's Aleppo, with Washington demanding that Russia restrain its Syrian ally.

Syria ceasefire should be 'revitalised' before peace talks resume

Ginebra - The UN's Syria envoy said on Thursday he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month, but called for a stuttering ceasefire to be "revitalised" before setting a date, as at least 20 civilians were killed in second city Aleppo.

20 killed in Syrian regime strikes on Aleppo: civil defence group

Aleppo - At least 20 civilians were killed late Wednesday in regime strikes on a hospital and nearby residential building in the Syrian city of Aleppo, civil defence volunteers known as the White Helmets said.

Russia asks UN to list key Syrian rebel group as 'terrorist'

Moscow - Russia has asked the United Nations to blacklist a major Syrian rebel group that is playing a key role in talks to end the conflict, its ambassador to the UN said.

Aid enters besieged central Syria town: Red Cross

Birut - An aid convoy for besieged civilians entered a rebel-held town in central Syria on Wednesday for the first time in a year, the Red Cross said.

For battered Aleppo residents, Syria ceasefire already dead

Birut - As world powers backing peace talks continue to insist Syria's ceasefire is holding, residents of battered second city Aleppo can only express stunned disbelief."I don't know what truce they're talking about.

Despite damage Palmyra retains 'authenticity': UNESCO

Paris - The UN cultural agency said Wednesday that the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra had suffered significant damage at the hands of Islamic State fighters, but that the archaeological site retains much of its authenticity.

Number of foreign fighters entering Iraq, Syria plummets: US general

Washington - The number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria has plummeted over the past year, a US general said Tuesday.

Syria air raids 'kill 19' in Aleppo province

Aleppo - Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria's second city Aleppo and a town to its west killed at least 19 people on Tuesday, emergency workers said.

Critics slam U.S. 'incrementalism' in anti-IS fight

Washington - When the clock ticks down on Barack Obama's presidency, five years will have passed since he officially pulled US combat forces from Iraq.

Rep. Barbara Lee condemns U.S. escalation without debate in Syria

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan, responded to the latest escalation in Syria by warning against mission creep in the fight against Islamic State militants and calling for Congressional debate.

Obama to send 250 more special forces troops to Syria

Damas - President Barack Obama on Monday said the US would send up to 250 more military personnel including special forces to Syria to help rebels fight Islamic State group jihadists.

Obama calls for 'reinstated' Syria truce as more die in Aleppo

Aleppo - US President Barack Obama has called for Syria's warring parties to reinstate a troubled ceasefire, as regime and rebel bombardments killed 26 civilians in the flashpoint city of Aleppo.

Syria-born Greek mayor takes charge of 'lucky' refugees

Rent - On a long beach framed by a golden Ionian Sea sunset, a group of Syrian boys shout for joy as they race across the sand, the horrors of war and exile they have witnessed briefly forgotten.

One killed, 26 wounded as Syria rockets hit Turkish town

Ankara - Five rockets fired into Turkey from an area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group hit the border town of Kilis on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 26, the deputy prime minister said.

More deaths in Aleppo as Obama calls for 'reinstated' Syria truce

Aleppo - Regime and rebel bombardment killed 26 civilians on Sunday in Syria's second city Aleppo as US President Barack Obama urged the conflict's warring parties to "reinstate" a troubled ceasefire.

Blaze engulfs shops in Syria's historic Old Damascus

Damascus - Syrian firefighters on Saturday worked to contain a fire that engulfed dozens of shops in the Asruniyeh market of Old Damascus, a UNESCO world heritage site.The market is adjacent to the famed Al-Hamidiyeh souk in one of the world's oldest cities.

Truce in peril as Syria bombardments kill at least 30

Aleppo - At least 30 civilians were killed Saturday in regime and rebel bombardment of areas across Syria, threatening an eight-week-old truce at a time when peace talks are stalled in Geneva.

Syria Kurds, regime to press talks after deadly clashes

Kamishli - Syrian regime officials and Kurdish representatives were to meet on Saturday for a second day of talks on ending deadly clashes in the northeastern city of Qamishli, a senior security source said.
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