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Plane Crashes in Russia, All 61 People on Board Killed

By Lidia Kelly and Christian Lowe MOSCOW, March 19  – Russian officials said on Saturday that all 61 people on board a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed as it tried to land. Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, crashed at 03:50 (0030 GMT)

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Syria Says Russian Withdrawal Was No Surprise to Assad’s Gov’t

GENEVA, March 16  – Russia’s withdrawal of forces from Syria was no surprise to Damascus, Bashar Ja’afari, head of the Syrian government delegation at peace talks in Geneva, said on Wednesday. More than five months after they started air strikes to bolster President Bashar Al Assad, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that most Russian forces

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Iran Sees Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria as “Positive Sign”

DUBAI, March 16 – Iran’s foreign minister has called Russia’s decision to withdraw its forces from Syria “a positive sign”, while a senior security official said the move was pre-planned and not a surprise to Tehran. President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced on Monday that most Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria after deploying in

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Putin Orders Surprise Syria Withdrawal As Peace Talks Resume

By Denis Dyomkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 15 – President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war. Damascus rejected any suggestion of

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Gov’t and Opposition Far Apart Over Assad Before Syria Peace Talks

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, March 13 – Syria‘s government on Saturday ruled out any discussion of the fate of the presidency at peace talks this week, just as the lead opposition negotiator said a political transition could not even start unless Bashar Al Assad was no longer president. The statements reflected the huge challenges facing diplomats as they

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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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Syria’s Opposition To Stick To Truce Despite Violations

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 28  – Syria’s opposition will stick to the cessation of hostilities despite what they said were 15 violations by Syrian government forces on Saturday and more breaches on Sunday, a spokesman for the High Negotiating Committee (HNC) said. “The decision is to remain quiet, not to do anything, and I

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Air Strikes Hit Six Towns in Syria’s Aleppo Day After Truce

BEIRUT, Feb 28  – War planes attacked six towns in Syria’s northern Aleppo province early on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, a day after a cessation of hostilities agreement took effect. Syrian insurgents said the air strikes were carried out by Russian war planes in support of Syria’s government, but the Observatory

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