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Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

Aleppo - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday he was "appalled by the chilling military escalation" in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo where residents cowered indoors as air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians.

Syria at UN says confident of military victory

New York - Syria told the United Nations on Saturday that its belief in a military victory was "even greater" because the army was making "great strides" on the ground, with help from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Apocalyptic scenes in streets of Syria's ravaged Aleppo

Aleppo - With pools of blood and shredded bodies on the streets, the rebel-held east of Syrian city Aleppo has been reduced to an apocalyptic battlefront under relentless regime and Russian bombardment.

Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

Aleppo - Residents in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.

Syrian, Russian aircraft pound rebel-held Aleppo

Aleppo - Residents in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo cowered in their homes on Saturday as relentless missile strikes and barrel bomb attacks pounded the besieged eastern half of the divided city.

US, Russia fail to renew Syria ceasefire deal

New York - The United States and Russia failed Friday to renew their pact to impose a ceasefire in Syria after a week of bitter diplomatic battles at the UN General Assembly.

France accuses Assad of seeking to break up Syria

New York - France on Friday accused Bashar al-Assad and his allies of seeking to break Syria apart, as Russian-backed regime forces prepared to storm rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Lavrov says US-Russian agreements on Syria must be saved

New York - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the United Nations on Friday that US-Russian agreements aimed at ending the war in Syria must be salvaged as fighting raged on the ground.

Kerry: 'little bit of progress' with Lavrov on Syria

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian opposite number on Friday and made what he said was "a little bit of progress" on resolving their differences over the Syrian crisis.

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.

Missiles blast Aleppo as Syria army readies ground assault

Aleppo - Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo on Friday, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.

UN eyes alternate aid delivery route for Syria's Aleppo

Geneva - The UN said Friday it was considering a different route to send desperately needed aid to east Aleppo, to circumvent the blocked main supply route as new air raids pounded Syria's second city.

Air raids pound rebel-held Aleppo as Syria army begins assault

Aleppo - Syrian and Russian aircraft pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday, a monitor said, after the army announced a new offensive aimed at retaking all of the divided second city.

Syria meeting breaks up without plan to restore truce

New York - A high-level international meeting on the crisis in Syria broke up Thursday without agreement on a way to revive a collapsed US and Russian-brokered truce.

First priority in Syria is aid: Iran

New York - The first priority in Syria is for the international community to get humanitarian aid to those in desperate need, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday as a ceasefire unravelled.

UN Syria chemical weapons probe extended for one month

New York - The UN Security Council has given a panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria another month to complete its work and determine who is responsible for chlorine attacks in the war, the United Nations said Thursday.

Syria army announces offensive on rebel-held Aleppo

Damascus - Syria's army announced the launch Thursday of an offensive to retake the rebel-held east of the battleground city of Aleppo, warning residents to keep away from positions held by anti-regime fighters.

US and Russian-led talks on Syria truce plan begin

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday convened a crisis meeting of governments with a stake in the Syrian civil war.

'No doubt' Russia to blame in Syria convoy attack: top US general

Washington - The top US military officer on Thursday blasted Russia over the attack on an aid convoy in Syria, calling the strike an atrocity and squarely blaming Moscow for the incident.

UN pleads with Assad over food aid stuck at Syria border

Geneva - Food aid for rebel-held east Aleppo, which has been stalled at the Syrian border since last week, will go bad in days, the UN said Thursday, urging the country's leader to clear the delivery."Forty trucks are sitting at the Turkish-Syrian border.

UN hopes Syria talks could resume in a 'few weeks'

Geneva - The UN's deputy envoy for Syria said Thursday that he hoped peace talks could resume in the coming weeks, despite "grim" events on the ground.

Six wounded as Turkish town hit by rocket fired from Syria

Istanbul - A rocket fired from an area in Syria held by Islamic State (IS) jihadists slammed into the centre of a Turkish town on Thursday, wounding six people including five children, reports said.

UN resumes Syria aid convoys

Geneva - UN aid convoys starting rolling in Syria again on Thursday, after a deadly attack on humanitarian trucks and a warehouse triggered a suspension in deliveries.

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria in New York: Moscow

Moscow - Russia and the United States discussed the Syrian conflict in New York, hours after clashing over the issue at the United Nations, the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday.

Last ditch bid to save Syria deal as Aleppo burns

New York - The United States and Russia convened a last-ditch meeting to save their Syria ceasefire plan Thursday as an intense bombardment left the city of Aleppo in flames.

Last ditch bid to save Syria deal as Aleppo burns

New York - The United States and Russia convened a last-ditch meeting to save their Syria ceasefire plan Thursday as an intense bombardment left the city of Aleppo in flames.

Last ditch bid to save Syria deal as Aleppo burns

New York - The United States and Russia convened a last-ditch meeting to save their Syria ceasefire plan Thursday as an intense bombardment left the city of Aleppo in flames.

Russia says coalition drone was in area when Syria aid convoy hit

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday said a Predator drone from the US-led coalition flew over an aid convoy in Syria when it was destroyed, denying again that it bombed the humanitarian column.

Kerry tells UN that Russia must ground Syria air force

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia force Bashar al-Assad's regime to ground its air force in order to revive hopes of a ceasefire in Syria's civil war.

Russia says to send flagship aircraft carrier to Syria coast

Moscow - Russia's defence minister said Wednesday that Moscow was dispatching its flagship aircraft carrier to bolster its forces in the eastern Mediterranean off Syria.
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
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One of several building damaged after Syrian military forces launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
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Hala and Khalid, thought to be the youngest couple to be engaged on their own free will
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
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This map shows how the disease has spread out of Syria into countries such as Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.
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Man who was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian soldiers, forced to take off all their clothes and then executed.
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Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013
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A Syrian father is reunited with his son, who he thought was lost in the recent possible chemical attack in Syria.
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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This residential building was struck by a missile during a US or US-led air strike in Raqqa, Syria. Between 8-12 civilians were reportedly killed.
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Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
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Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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Saint Elias church in Aleppo, Syria.
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Hafez el-Assad (right), father of Bashar el-Assad, and his brother (left). The pair personally supervised the 1980's Hama massacre during the last Syrian uprising.
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Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
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Suhayb Elkhalid claims there was a "chemical attack" on Saraqib in northern Syria on Monday, April 29, 2013 by the Syrian army.
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Iraqi Chaldean Christians fleeing to neighboring Jordan.
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