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U.S. unsure of deal as Kerry arrives for Syria talks
The talks between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov aim to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria        
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Kerry and Lavrov holding talks on Syria ceasefire deal
Washington says snap meeting will cover how to put an end to fighting and further humanitarian aid for Syrian people.
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Syria's war: Aid agencies suspend cooperation with UN
More than 70 groups sign letter saying Syrian regime has influence over UN and Red Crescent operations, demand probe.
2637 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Humanitarian aid United Nations Hafez al-Assad Muhammad Naji al-Otari Humanitarianism Asma al-Assad
‘What Is Aleppo?’ Gary Johnson Asked. Let Us Explain.
An American presidential candidate asked what Aleppo is on national television. Some of the basics about what’s going on there.
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'No miracles' in Geneva talks as Syria fighting rages
A fifth round of UN-backed Syria talks is under way in Geneva amid low expectations as violence on the ground escalates.
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Syrian opposition wants Geneva talks on political transition
BEIRUT/ROME (Reuters) - The main Syrian opposition body said on Wednesday it wanted face-to-face negotiations with the Damascus government about a political transition at peace talks that are due to begin in Geneva next week.
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HRW: Syria carried out chemical attacks in Aleppo
Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.
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Syria Detains Opponents as it Reasserts Control
As Syria regains territory from weakened rebels, opposition activists and residents say the regime is using mass detentions and other security-state tactics to snuff out dissent in places that were out of its control for years.
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Amnesty says up to 13,000 people hanged at Syrian prison
BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have killed between 5,000 and 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” the watchdog group Amnesty International said in a report today.
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Air strike hits children's hospital in Syria's Aleppo
Al Jazeera journalists capture moment of the attack and its aftermath, showing babies in incubators being rescued.
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Hospital workers rush to evacuate infants in Aleppo
Medics and aid workers also reported a suspected attack involving toxic gas        
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Hospital workers rush to evacuate infants in Aleppo bombing
Doctors and nurses at a pediatric hospital in eastern Aleppo scrambled Friday to evacuate babies in incubators to safety from underground shelters after the facility in the besieged Syrian city was bombed for ...
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Pediatric hospital targeted in deadly Aleppo airstrikes
BEIRUT — Intensive bombings pummeled Syria’s rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo on Friday, residents and rescuers said, hitting an area housing several hospitals and sending the chief of a pediatrics clinic in a frantic search for a place to move his young patients. Earlier Friday, airstrikes on a village in the rural...
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Battle for Aleppo: Syria army intensifies air campaign
Total number of people killed in city since start of government offensive on Tuesday climbs to 150, activists say.
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Strikes on rebel-held east Aleppo kill 25: monitor
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes and shelling killed at least 25 people in rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday on the third day of renewed bombing, a monitoring group said, and the mayor of the besieged sector warned of a total lack of fuel and food as winter encroached.
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Bombs fall like 'rain,' resident says
At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured as airstrikes and barrel bombs pounded eastern Aleppo for the third consecutive day, the Syrian Civil Defense volunteer group said Thursday.
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87 killed in Aleppo since Assad regime resumed airstrikes
Andrew V. PestanoALEPPO, Syria, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- At least 87 people have died since the Syrian regime resumed airstrikes in Aleppo, one of which struck a children's hospital, activists and medical staff said.
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Bombs strike rebel-held Aleppo and northern Syria; dozens dead
BEIRUT — Bombs rained down on rebel-held eastern Aleppo for a second straight day Wednesday, pounding a district that houses several medical facilities, including the central blood bank, and forcing Syrian staff and patients in the only remaining pediatric hospital to cower in a basement as buildings collapsed around them.
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Syria's war: UN 'ready' to resume humanitarian aid
US calls for the grounding of aircraft in key areas of Syria as air strikes pound the Aleppo region killing 13 medics.
2770 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Damascus Aleppo Iraq Hafez al-Assad History of Syria Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Russia presented all evidence on aid convoy attack, now wants impartial investigation – Lavrov
Moscow has provided all the data it has on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting. Lavrov also called for a full and impartial investigation into the incident. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Syria ‘won’t turn into Libya,' ready for talks without preconditions – Syrian UN envoy
Syria’s UN envoy said his country won’t turn into next Libya or Iraq, adding that Damascus is ready to resume peace talks without preconditions as Moscow and Washington urge the revival of negotiations. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Is there any hope left for Syria?
The blame game started even before the guns fell silent.
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UN suspends all Syria aid after convoy bombed
UN halts all aid convoys hours after attack destroys 18 trucks in rebel-held northern Aleppo.
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Syria: Truce is over
Syria’s military on Monday declared that the week-long U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire was over as the government and opposition traded accusations over mounting violations.The U.S. said it’s prepared to extend the fractured truce, and Russia – after blaming rebels for the violations – suggested it...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United Nations Syria Humanitarian aid United States Damascus Lebanon United Nations General Assembly Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Aid convoy attacked as Syria calls cease-fire failed
A U.N. humanitarian aid convoy in Syria was hit by airstrikes Monday as the Syrian military declared that a U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire had failed, and U.N. officials reported many dead and seriously wounded. The U.S. initially brushed off Damascus' assertions and said it was prepared to extend...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Syria Bashar al-Assad Humanitarian aid Terrorism Aleppo Damascus Military Muhammad Naji al-Otari
US says Russia must step up if Syria truce is to be salvaged
NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled Monday to try to salvage Syria's fractured week-old truce after the Syrian military announced it was over amid numerous violations, including an attack on an aid convoy, and apparent Russian…
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U.S. looking into claims Syrians killed by coalition strike; Rebels claim aid convoy attacked
Ed Adamczyk and Doug G. WareALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are looking at claims that rebels killed more than 60 people in an attack this weekend -- while other claims say Syria attacked an aid convoy.
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Syrian military declares end to week-old cease-fire
Syrian military blames rebel groups for violating the truce aimed at ending the civil war.         
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Syria ceasefire seen near collapse
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia was in deep trouble on Monday as a rebel official said it had practically failed and signaled insurgents were preparing for a full resumption of fighting.
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Syrian truce receives new blows with airstrikes, shelling
Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly U.S....
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Scores wounded in suspected Syrian gas attack
A suspected chlorine attack by Syrian forces was blamed for respiratory injuries suffered by civilians.       
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Syria ceasefire comes into effect under US-Russia deal
Tentative Truce brokered by the US and Russia begins across Syria, but there are concerns about whether it will hold.
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Syria cease-fire goes into effect
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's army says it has begun implementing a U.S.-Russian cease-fire, but the country's most powerful insurgent groups have not yet said whether they will abide by it. The Syrian government and its main allies, Russia and Iran, say they will abide by the weeklong truce, which was ...
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Syria's Assad Vows to Fight Rebels Despite Pending Cease-Fire
President Bashar al-Assad vowed to keep fighting and take back rebel-controlled territory just before a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia was to start.
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Syria rebels have ceasefire 'reservations'
After months of negotiations and an eleventh-hour failure to reach an agreement, Russia and the US have finally settled on terms for a Syrian ceasefire -- due to start at sundown on Monday -- and have even secured buy-in of the country's recalcitrant leader, President Bashir al-Assad.
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Islamist factions to conditionally accept Syria cease-fire
Rebel factions in Syria are prepared to honor a U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire while communicating deep reservations about its terms, according to a leader in the powerful Ahrar al-Sham militia.The agreement is set to come into effect in stages beginning with a limited cease-fire tonight that allo...
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Syrian rebel factions express skepticism about cease-fire deal
Rebel factions in Syria expressed deep reservations on Sunday about the terms of a U.S.-Russian deal that seeks to restart the peace process for the war-torn country, with the leader of at least one U.S.-backed rebel faction publicly calling the offer a "trap." The second in command of the powerful,...
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Syria Rebels Press Fight Against Assad
A former al Qaeda affiliate seeks to rally other groups despite the U.S.-Russia cease-fire agreement.
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Iran welcomes cease-fire in Syria
BEIRUT — The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday welcomed a U.S.-Russian agreement on a cease-fire for Syria, where it has been a key ally of President Bashar Assad during the five-year war that has resulted in as many as 500,000 deaths. Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi as saying that “Iran...
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90 killed in Syria after ceasefire plan
Airstrikes killed 58 people in northwestern Syria on Saturday, hours after the US and Russia announced a new ceasefire plan, a rights group said.
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At least 45 killed in Syria after US-Russia agreement
A day of intense airstrikes Saturday on and around the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 45 people, according to opposition activists.The Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, said 45 people were killed Saturday, just hours after the new U.S.-Russian agreement was reached to try and end...
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Doubts, concerns greet Syria cease-fire deal as violence surges
BEIRUT - The Syrian government embarked on a wave of intense airstrikes against opposition-controlled areas on Saturday, killing scores of people only hours after the announcement of a new cease-fire deal between Russia and the United States.
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Activists: Intense airstrikes kill at least 45 in Syria
BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists say intense airstrikes on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and nearby villages and towns have killed at least 45 people. The Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, said 45 people were killed Saturday, just hours after a new U.S.-Russian agreement was reached to try and end the […]
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Syria ceasefire deal explained
Agreement, hailed as breakthrough, aims to halt fighting and start US-Russian military cooperation in Syria.
898 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Iraq Vladimir Putin Levant Muhammad Naji al-Otari Damascus
U.S., Russia Say They Have Reached Syria Cease-Fire Deal
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they reached an agreement on a cease-fire deal in Syria that would ultimately include increased military cooperation if implemented.
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Kerry & Lavrov agree on new Syria ceasefire plan
Russia and the US have agreed on a new ceasefire plan on Syria that includes a ban on government airstrikes in certain areas and cooperation on strikes against jihadists, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov announced after the marathon talks with the US’s John Kerry. Read Full Article at RT.com
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