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Russia planes pound Aleppo as Syria army closes in

Aleppo - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said.

US-backed Syria alliance pushes into IS border hub

Birut - US-backed Syrian fighters pushed further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, seizing a key road junction and grain silos overlooking the city, a monitoring group said.

Fight for Aleppo 'greatest battle' in Syria: Hezbollah chief

Birut - The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement said Friday that the offensive on the city of Aleppo was the "greatest battle" in Syria, pledging to dispatch more fighters to support Syrian regime forces.

IS snipers, car bombs await U.S.-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij

Sham - As a knot of US-backed Syrian fighters advanced gingerly into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, the crack of a jihadist sniper round forced them to take cover behind a bullet-riddled wall.

Turkey in new quest to patch up with regional foes

Ankara - Reaching out to Russia and working to normalise ties with Israel, Turkey is moving to mend fences and restore its waning regional clout by returning to a policy known as "zero problems with neighbours".

US-backed forces enter key IS bastion in north Syria

Birut - US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced Thursday into the Islamic State jihadist group's bastion of Manbij in northern Syria, sparking fierce street fighting as they push to take the city.

Syria's Assad names new prime minister

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.

Air raids over Syria kill 25 civilians in IS stronghold

Birut - Warplanes have bombed the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa, killing at least 25 civilians, after the jihadists drove pro-government forces out of their bastion northern province.

Jordan declares Syria border 'military zone' after bombing

Amman - Jordan declared the desert border regions with Syria and Iraq "military zones" barred to civilians after a suicide bomber killed six Jordanian soldiers near the Syrian frontier on Tuesday.

More than 700 doctors killed in Syria war: UN

Geneva - Attacks on hospitals since Syria's war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, UN investigators said Tuesday.

Jordanian soldiers killed in car bomb attack on Syria border

Amman - A car bomb outside a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan killed six soldiers on Tuesday in a remote desert area where hundreds have been held for screening for suspected links to the Islamic State group.

Dozens dead as IS expels Syria regime from Raqa province

Birut - Jihadists of the Islamic State group drove Syrian regime troops out of Raqa province on Monday, killing dozens of fighters in a lightning counter-attack, a monitoring group said.

UN marks refugee day in Syria, from where millions have fled

Damascus - United Nations agencies marked World Refugee Day on Sunday in Syria, a country from which millions have fled a five-year civil war.Some refugees from other countries have decided to stay in Syria despite the devastating conflict.

Turkish border guards fire on fleeing Syrians, 8 dead: Monitor

Birut - Eight displaced Syrians, including four children, were killed by Turkish border guards while trying to flee their war-torn country Sunday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Dozens protest rising fuel prices in Syria capital

Damascus - Dozens of protesters gathered in Damascus on Sunday for a rare demonstration in front of Syria's parliament against a 40 percent hike in fuel prices announced last week.

Mounting pressure unlikely to sway Obama on Syria

Washington - Exasperated US diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency. More than 280,000 people have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes.

Russian defence chief, Assad coordinate on 'anti-terrorist fight'

Damascus - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met in Damascus on Saturday with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss anti-terrorist "cooperation" in Syria's conflict, a bone of contention between Moscow and Washington.

Pentagon voices 'strong concerns' to Russia over strikes on U.S.-backed Syria rebels

Washington - The Pentagon voiced "strong concerns" over Moscow's bombing of US-backed forces in southern Syria, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Dodging mines, sniper fire near the IS frontline

- Slumped against a tree trunk in northern Syria, the bullet-riddled body of an Islamic State group fighter still wears a suicide belt he did not have time to detonate.

Saudi Arabia repeats call for U.S. strikes on Assad

Washington - Saudi Arabia on Friday reiterated its call for air strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, after US diplomats broke ranks with the White House to push for robust action.

Pope takes in more Syrian asylum-seekers from Greece

Vatican City - Pope Francis has welcomed nine more Syrian asylum-seekers to Rome, two months after he flew another group back from Greece aboard his personal plane, the Vatican said Thursday.

Turkey PM wants 'no permanent enmity' with neighbours

Istanbul - New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he wants to have no permanent tensions with the country's neighbours after serious ruptures with Egypt, Israel, Russia and Syria in recent years, in comments published Friday.

US should bomb Assad: dissident diplomat cable

Washington - Dozens of US diplomats think America should launch military strikes against the Syrian government, according to a State Department document, breaking ranks with President Barack Obama's policy on the bloody civil war.

Russia bombing US-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

Washington - Russia bombed US-backed fighters in southern Syria, according to a US official in Washington, who said the aggressive action by Moscow raises "serious concern.

Aid convoy headed for Syria's besieged Al-Waer: UN

Geneva - A large aid convoy is ready to go to Al-Waer, a besieged area in Syria's Homs governorate, and is expected to bring in desperately needed aid Thursday, the UN said.

Barrel bombs in Syria's Aleppo threaten new truce

Aleppo - Barrel bombs and air strikes hit Syria's Aleppo on Thursday hours after a temporary truce announced by regime ally Russia came into effect in the northern war-torn city.

Russia announces new ceasefire for Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Russia announced a last minute 48-hour ceasefire for Syria's war-torn Aleppo, just hours after Washington warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally Moscow that they must respect the nationwide truce agreed in February.

Syrian activists accuse UN of 'capitulating' to regime on aid

Birut - Dozens of activist groups opposed to Syria's regime accused the United Nations on Wednesday of "capitulating" to Damascus on aid access to desperate civilians.

US warns Russia, Assad to respect 'frayed' Syria truce

Birut - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia and the Syrian government on Wednesday to respect a "frayed" ceasefire, as vicious fighting south of second city Aleppo left dozens dead.

Donors slow to honor Syria refugee pledge: UNHCR official

Washington - In February, the richest world powers pledged more than $11 billion to help frontline states in the Middle East cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.
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