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Saudi-Led Coalition says Yemen Truce Will Not Be Renewed

SANAA, Nov 21 – A two-day ceasefire after nearly two years of war in Yemen expired at midday (0900 GMT) on Monday and would not be renewed, a spokesman for a Saudi-led military coalition told al-Arabiya TV, with each side blaming the other for violations. The 48-hour truce, announced unilaterally by the Saudi coalition on

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Warplanes Strike Military Sites in Yemen Capital – Residents

SANAA, Nov 21 – Arab coalition warplanes struck military sites in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, residents said, as two-day ceasefire that was marred by heavy fighting entered its final hours. The raids hit army bases on a mountain overlooking the city, and the force of the explosions shook buildings as it rippled through

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German Minister, in Tehran, Urges Iran to Push for Syria Ceasefire

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the Iranian government during his two-day visit to the Islamic Republic to do what it can to push for a ceasefire in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, supported by Iranian-backed militia and Russian air power, have stepped up an offensive against

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Russia’s Lavrov says Syrian Ceasefire Hinges on All Sides Involved

MOSCOW, Sept 24  – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on “Russia’s unilateral concessions”. “One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis,” he said in an interview for the TV news show ‘Vesti on Saturday’.

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Turkey-Backed Rebels Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL, Sept 19  – Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Daesh-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference before departing for New York where he is due to address the United

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Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon Awkwardly Treads on New Terrain

By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, Sept 15 – For Pentagon officers who cut their teeth during the Cold War, the prospect of U.S. battlefield cooperation with Russia in Syria is not only uncomfortable. It’s also unprecedented. Against that background, the reactions of U.S. military officials range from caution to outright skepticism over a Geneva-based

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Kerry, Lavrov Agree Syria Truce Holding, Extend it by 48 Hours

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 – The United States and Russia agreed that the Syrian cessation of hostilities that began on Monday had largely held and should be extended for another 48 hours despite sporadic violence, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. The cessation of hostilities, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian

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Syria Ceasefire Deal With Russia Close, but Obama Says ‘Not There Yet’

By Roberta Rampton HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 – President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. “We’re not there yet,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime Minister

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Aleppo Fighting Rages as U.S., Russia Try To Revive Syria Truce

By John Davison and David Brunnstrom BEIRUT/PARIS, May 10 – Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria‘s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday.

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Syrian Opposition Says Government Wrecking Truce Deal

By John Davison and John Irish BEIRUT/GENEVA, March 1 – A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of collapse because of attacks by government forces. The cessation of hostilities drawn up by Washington and Moscow faced

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