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Chechens serving as Russian military police in Aleppo: Kadyrov

Moscow - Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday confirmed that troops from the mainly Muslim Caucasus region were serving as Russian military police in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Syria peace talks in Astana close to final declaration

Astana - The UN envoy for Syria said Tuesday that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and their war-torn country's regime in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

UN Syria envoy says Astana talks 'not far from final declaration'

Astana - The UN envoy for Syria said Tuesday that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and Damascus in the Kazakh capital Astana."We are not far from a final declaration," Staffan de Mistura said.

Syria rebels vow to keep fighting if Astana talks fail

Astana - Syrian rebels vowed Monday to keep fighting if peace negotiations with the government of President Bashar al-Assad fail, as talks between the two sides in Kazakhstan got off to a rocky start.

Top French jihadist held after return from Syria

Paris - A high-profile French jihadist was charged with terrorist offences and remanded in custody on Saturday, a day after being transferred to France from Turkey, where he had turned himself in to authorities.

Bomb kills seven at Syria-Jordan border camp: monitor

Birut - A car bomb blast killed at least seven civilians at a camp for displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Birut - Talks aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year war are set to open on Monday in the Kazakh capital, brokered by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey.

Years of failed efforts to end Syrian conflict

Birut - Since the start of Syria's war in 2011, several diplomatic initiatives have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Astana - Syria's government and rebel fighters will on Monday sit down at the negotiating table for the first time in nearly six years of war, the latest diplomatic push to end the hostilities.

Syria's ancient Palmyra: five things to know

Birut - Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980.

Turkey says not 'realistic' to exclude Assad from Syria deal

Birut - A senior Turkish official said Friday it was no longer "realistic" to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks.

IS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Damascus - The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria's ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country's antiquities chief said Friday.

More than 40 jihadists killed in north Syria air strikes: monitor

Birut - More than 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Nearly 400,000 Syrian child refugees in Turkey not in school: UN

Ankara - More than 40 percent of Syrian child refugees are missing out on education in Turkey raising the risk of a "lost generation", UN children's fund UNICEF said Thursday.

Iran looks to Syria talks to boost regional clout

Tehran - Iran is looking to Syria peace talks next week as a chance to build on its regional clout, experts say, as Tehran, Moscow and Ankara all stake out claims for influence.

Syria's Assad hopes rebels will disarm after Astana talks

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he hopes rebels attending peace talks next week in Kazakhstan will agree to lay down their arms in exchange for an amnesty deal.

Key rebel group to stay away from Syria peace talks

Birut - Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war.

Russia, Turkey stage first joint air strikes against IS in Syria

Moscow - Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

Russia, Turkey stage first joint air strikes against IS in Syria

Moscow - Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

Russia, Turkey stage first joint air strikes against IS in Syria

Moscow - Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks

Tehran - Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported.

At Syria retirement home, elderly left behind by war

Damascus - Alone in her room at an overcrowded retirement home in Damascus, Naz Ashiti thumbs through photographs of her daughters overseas, her eyes lingering on features she has not seen in years.

Syria rebels, regime split on aim of Astana talks

Birut - Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan on Monday for negotiations on ending Syria's brutal war, but will arrive with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks.

Syrians elect first civilian council to run Idlib city

Idlib - Syrians in northwestern Idlib cast their ballots on Tuesday for members of the first civilian council to run their city, two years after it was overrun by rebels and jihadists.

Syrians elect first civilian council to run Idlib city

Idlib - Syrians in northwestern Idlib cast their ballots on Tuesday for members of the first civilian council to run their city, two years after it was overrun by rebels and jihadists.

Syrians elect first civilian council to run Idlib city

Idlib - Syrians in northwestern Idlib cast their ballots on Tuesday for members of the first civilian council to run their city, two years after it was overrun by rebels and jihadists.

Syria talks in Astana meant to 'consolidate' ceasefire: Lavrov

Moscow - Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Birut - Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Birut - Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Birut - Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.
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