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Chief negotiators at looming Syria talks in Geneva

Birut - A seasoned diplomat, a cardiologist and a lawyer will represent Syria's two sides at UN-brokered peace talks that begin Thursday in Geneva aimed at ending six years of brutal warfare.

Who's who in Syria conflict as Geneva talks loom

Birut - Syrian government officials and opposition figures will gather in Geneva on Thursday for the fourth round of UN-brokered talks aimed at ending their country's brutal six-year conflict.

Syrian teen on trial in Germany over bomb plot

Cologne - A 16-year-old Syrian refugee went on trial in Germany Monday accused of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Islamic State jihadist group.

Four Russian military dead in Syria IED blast: agencies

Moscow - Four Russian military personnel were killed and two injured when their vehicle was targeted with explosives in central Syria last week, a defence ministry statement quoted by Russian agencies said Monday.

U.S. military lied, then admitted using depleted uranium in Syria

After initially promising not to use depleted uranium munitions against targets in Syria, the Pentagon has admitted thousands of DU rounds were fired by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State oil transport convoys on two separate occasions in late 2015.

Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shelling

Birut - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva.

Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shelling

Birut - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva.

Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shelling

Birut - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva.

UN envoy De Mistura questions US engagement on Syria

Munich - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday questioned US President Donald Trump's engagement in solving the Syrian war, just days ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva."Where is the US in all this?

'War won't stop us' vow Syria child victims Bana, Abdel

Ankara - Two Syrian children who have become powerful symbols of their homeland's conflict met Saturday, vowing that "the war will not stop us" despite the horrific violence around them.

Syria regime shelling of funeral kills 9: monitor

Birut - At least nine people were killed on Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital, a monitor said.

Turkey presents US options for Raqa operation: report

Ankara - Turkey has presented two plans to the US detailing how a joint operation could retake the IS de-facto capital of Raqa in northern Syria, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

'Daddy, pick me up!' screams boy after Syria attack

Idlib - In the aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in Syria's Idlib, nine-year-old Abdel Basset Al-Satuf tries to sit up, his legs blown off, and screams "Daddy, pick me up!

IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

Washington - Leaders of the Islamic State group are leaving their Syrian stronghold of Raqa, fleeing in the face of the Arab-Kurd offensive backed by the international coalition, the US Defense Department said Friday.

UN-OPCW panel seeks names of Syrian commanders in gas attacks probe

New York - A UN investigative panel is pressing the Syrian government to hand over the names of commanders, military units and other entities suspected of carrying out chemical attacks, according to a report released Friday.

Dozens of jihadists 'executed in Syria infighting'

Birut - A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday.

Dozens of jihadists 'executed in Syria infighting'

Birut - A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday.

Dozens of jihadists 'executed in Syria infighting'

Birut - A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday.

Europe warns US against hurting cohesion, favouring Russia

Munich - European leaders Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting EU cohesion, abandoning shared values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies.

Antique busts ruined in Palmyra will return to Syria

Rome - Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra will soon be heading back to Syria, after a painstaking restoration in Italy.

Allies claim Tillerson backing for political solution in Syria

Bonn - US allies won assurances Friday from new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington backed a UN-brokered political solution to the Syria conflict, the latest sign the Trump administration will keep to existing policy.

Key powers push Syria truce as regime, rebels make no progress

Astana - Syrian regime and rebel representatives failed Thursday to make any breakthroughs at talks in Kazakhstan, as key powerbrokers Russia, Turkey and Iran sought to shore up a shaky ceasefire.

Syria crisis still 'appalling': aid chief David Miliband

Istanbul - The head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former British foreign secretary David Miliband on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria was still "appalling" despite a fragile ceasefire.

Syria crisis still 'appalling': aid chief David Miliband

Istanbul - The head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former British foreign secretary David Miliband on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria was still "appalling" despite a fragile ceasefire.

Syria crisis still 'appalling': aid chief David Miliband

Istanbul - The head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former British foreign secretary David Miliband on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria was still "appalling" despite a fragile ceasefire.

UN envoy urges greater Syria peace efforts in Moscow

Moscow - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called Thursday for greater efforts in the push for peace in Syria, as he visited Moscow ahead of a fresh round of talks in Geneva.

Assad vows to retake Raqa and 'every inch' of Syria

Paris - President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said Raqa is not a priority target for his forces, saying his goal is to retake "every inch" of Syrian territory.

New talks seek to end Syria's war after nearly six years

Birut - As Syria's war approaches its seventh year, two new rounds of talks on resolving the conflict are scheduled to take place in Astana and Geneva.Here are some questions and answers about the upcoming talks:What talks are scheduled?

Syrian refugees shrug off peace talks but dream of home

Amman - Almost six years into a war that has devastated their country, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon say they expect nothing of peace talks this month but still dream of going home.

Syria talks delayed due to 'technical reasons': Kazakhstan

Astana - Kazakhstan said Wednesday a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to begin February 15 would be delayed by a day due to unexplained "technical reasons".
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A U.S. Air Force A-10 fires its 30mm gatling gun during a training exercise.
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A Syrian refugee girl in a camp in Lebanon
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The once beautiful city of Aleppo now lies in ruins
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A boy was hit in the foot by shrapnel. Clinics struggle to have enough resources to treat people.
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An Iraqi vendor folds cotton towels, one of many items imported over land from neigbouring Syria, in central Baghdad
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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Pope Francis sent a tweet against war on Syria.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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