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Security Council to Discuss Turkish Shelling in Syria at Russia’s Request

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council will on Tuesday discuss Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria at the request of Russia, which has voiced concern about Turkish military attacks on Russian-backed Kurdish militia fighters, according to an email exchange. Turkey shelled Kurdish YPG positions for a third straight day to

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Missiles in Syria Kill 50 as Schools, Hospitals Hit; Turkey Accuses Russia

By Ercan Gurses and Suleiman Al-Khalidi KIEV/BEIRUT, Feb 16 – Turkey on Monday accused Russia of an “obvious war crime” after missile attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish militia fighters there they would face the “harshest reaction” if they tried to capture a town near the Turkish border. An offensive supported by Russian

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Oil Powers Fly to Doha for Private Pow-Wow as $30 Crude Woes Mount

Feb 16 – Top oil officials from Saudi Arabia, Russia and several key OPEC members will meet on Tuesday for their highest-level discussion in months, a potentially pivotal sign that producers are at last preparing to tackle a devastating supply glut. The talks in the Qatari capital Doha, which had been kept under wraps until

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Germany Presses Russia, Assad Regime to Reduce Attacks Around Aleppo

BERLIN, Feb 15 – Germany’s foreign minister pressed Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Monday to reduce attacks around Aleppo and called on all parties in the Syria conflict to show restraint. Major powers agreed in Munich on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria, but the deal does not take effect

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In Syrian War, A Bigger Role for Russian Strategists

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 15 – While Russian fighter planes pound rebel positions on the battlefield in Syria, Russian military strategists are playing a far more subtle role in support of President Bashar Al Assad. Several sources—on both sides of the battle lines—have told Reuters in interviews conducted over the past two months that

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Russia Says Improved Iran-Saudi Ties Would Help Oil Prices

MOSCOW, Feb 15 – Russia wants to see improved relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia at a time when joint action is needed to influence global oil prices, the RIA news agency on Monday quoted Zamir Kabulov, a senior official at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, as saying. Russia, one of the world’s top oil producers, has

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MSF-backed Hospital in Syria Destroyed by Air Strikes

PARIS, Feb 15 – A hospital supported by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Idlib province of northern Syria was “deliberately” hit by air strikes on Monday and eight people are missing, MSF said in a statement. “This is a deliberate attack against a health establishment,” said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF head of mission.

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Obama Urges Russia to Stop Bombing “Moderate” Syria Rebels

By Tom Perry and Jeff Mason BEIRUT/RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday to stop bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria in support of its ally President Bashar Al Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war. Major powers

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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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