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Syrian Terrorist List Produces 163 Names and No Agreement

By Tom Miles and John Irish GENEVA/PARIS, Feb 18 – Major powers trying to forge a Syrian peace plan have made almost no progress on overcoming one of the main obstacles to ending the war: deciding who is a terrorist – and therefore a legitimate target—and who is not. Everyone involved in the diplomatic process

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U.N. Peace Envoy Visits Syria as Ceasefire Plan Struggles

DAMASCUS, Feb 16 – Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, has arrived in Damascus and will meet Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday, a Syrian government official said. De Mistura is making the surprise visit as world powers push for a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict. He suspended peace talks in Geneva last

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Putin, Obama Agree on Cooperation to Implement Syria Agreement

MOSCOW, Feb 14  – Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement on Syria struck at talks in Munich, the Kremlin said on Sunday. Major powers agreed on Friday to a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. The pause is due to begin

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Israel Pessimistic on Syria Ceasefire, Eyes Sectarian Partition

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 14  – Israel voiced doubt on Sunday that an international ceasefire plan for Syria would work, with one senior official suggesting a sectarian partition of the country might be preferable. While formally neutral on the five-year civil war wracking its neighbor, Israel has some sway among the world powers that

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U.N. Mulls ‘Light’ Options to Monitor Possible Syria Truce

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 – The United Nations is mulling “light touch” options for monitoring a possible ceasefire in Syria that would keep its risks to a minimum by relying largely on Syrians already on the ground, diplomatic sources said. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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U.N. Endorses Syria Peace Plan

By Denis Dyomkin, John Irish and Sabine Siebold UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 – The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter million lives. The

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Libya’s Gen Haftar Urges End to Arms Embargo in U.N. Talks

BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 17 – Libya’s Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces allied to the country’s recognized government, called for an end to an arms embargo to help fight Islamist militants after holding talks with the U.N. envoy on a peace agreement. Haftar, a former ally of Muammar Gaddafi before his 2011 ouster, has become

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