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US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Geneva - Washington and Moscow have made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday.

US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Geneva - Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks.

Erdogan, Putin agree to step up aid for Syria's Aleppo

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday agreed to step up efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches citizens in Syria's conflict-torn northern Aleppo province.In telephone talks "the two leaders...

Turkey and the Syria conflict: key developments

Istanbul - Here are key developments in Turkey's involvement in the Syria conflict, after Ankara launched a major offensive aimed both at jihadists and Syrian Kurdish forces.

Aid access in Syria 'unacceptable': UN

Geneva - Humanitarian access to Syria's besieged areas is "wholly unacceptable", the UN said Friday as it announced that just one aid convoy had completed deliveries this month.

Rebels, families start evacuation of Syria's Daraya: AFP

- Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating the town of Daraya outside the capital Damascus on Friday, under a deal agreed with the government after a four-year army siege.

Kerry, Lavrov hold marathon Syria talks

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held marathon talks in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria.

Turkey sends more tanks into northern Syria: AFP

Barak - Turkey on Friday sent four more tanks across the border into the Syrian city of Jarabulus which was liberated by Ankara-backed rebels this week, an AFP photographer said.

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington's impossible ally

Washington - As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake.

Kerry arrives in Geneva for Syria talks with Lavrov

Geneva - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva late Thursday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Syria after warning

Barak - Turkey shelled Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on the second day of a major military operation inside the country, saying they were failing to observe a deal with the US to stop advancing in jihadist-held territory.

Turkey 'planned Syria operation for over 2 years'

Ankara - Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts

Birut - Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realisation of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say.

Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

Russia to work with US on response to Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia will work with the United States on a response after UN investigators found that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical attacks, Moscow's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

Chinese military will train Syrian troops: govt

Bejing - China's military will provide training for Syrian armed forces, a spokesman for Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday, adding it would take place on Chinese soil.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, warns Kurdish militia

Barak - Turkey sent more tanks into Syria on Thursday and sternly warned a Kurdish militia to withdraw from frontline positions, a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters captured a key border town from jihadists.

Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report

New York - A UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

Why has Turkey launched an operation against IS in Syria?

Ankara - Turkey launched its most ambitious operation of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it targeted the double threat from Islamic State extremists and Syrian Kurdish militias.

Erdogan says Syria operation aimed at IS jihadists, Kurdish PYD

Istanbul - The Turkish operation inside Syrian territory is aimed not just against jihadists but also Kurdish militia and should permanently put an end to problems on the border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Turkey launches anti-IS operation in Syria

Istanbul - Turkey's army backed by international coalition air strikes on Wednesday launched an operation involving fighter jets and elite ground troops to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town.

Moscow calls on US to do more to counter Syria's al-Nusra

Moscow - Russia called on the US to do more to combat the al-Nusra Front in Syria, considered a terrorist group by both Moscow and Washington even after it split from Al-Qaeda.

Turkey vows 'all kinds of support' for anti-IS Jarabulus operation

Istanbul - Turkey pledged Tuesday to give "all kinds of support" to push Islamic State (IS) jihadists out of the Syrian town of Jarabulus near the two countries' border.

Syria regime, Kurds agree truce in Hasakeh

- Regime forces and Kurdish fighters agreed on Tuesday to a truce in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh after a week of clashes, a Kurdish official and Syrian state media said.

Turkey strikes IS as Syria border tensions flare

Istanbul - Turkey on Tuesday pounded Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria with new artillery strikes as expectations grew of a major Ankara-backed offensive against the group after a deadly suicide bombing on its soil.

Kerry says meeting with Russia's Lavrov on Syria is 'likely'

Nairobi - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said he hoped it was "very possible, even likely" he would hold talks on Syria with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Turkey PM urges world powers to turn 'new page' on Syria

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday urged world powers including Iran, Russia and the United States to join together to rapidly open a "new page" in the Syria crisis.

Russian raids from Iran airbase 'over for now'

Tehran - Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing runs."It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now.

China state media casts doubt on Syria Omran video

Bejing - China's state broadcaster has questioned the authenticity of the video of Syrian boy Omran which went viral worldwide, alleging it may have been faked as part of a Western "propaganda war".

Kurds deny Hasakeh truce deal agreed with Syria regime

Tanriverdi - Syria's military said Sunday a truce deal has been reached with the Kurds in the flashpoint city of Hasakeh, but a Kurdish source said it has yet to be finalised.
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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