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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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Russian Jet Broke Up in Mid Air, Too Early to Draw Conclusions: Official

CAIRO/MOSCOW Nov 2 (Reuters) A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this. Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, operator of the Airbus A321 which

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Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party Likely to Win Elections

BAKU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Azeri voters headed to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election, which Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling party is widely expected to win, and which mainstream opposition and international monitors are shunning. Aliyev has consolidated his power since succeeding his father and long-serving leader Heydar in 2003, presiding over a

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International Airlines Suspend Flights Over Sinai after Russian Plane Crash

BY Staff Reporter DUBAI (Nov. 1) Emirates, along with Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, have suspended flights over Sinai as a precaution, following Saturday’s crash of a Russian plane that resulted in the death of all 224 passengers aboard. “Emirates is currently avoiding flying over the Sinai peninsula until more information is available,” said a spokesperson of the Gulf carrier

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Syrian Opposition, Rebels Claim Not to Have Been Invited to Vienna Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday that will bring

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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Russian cargo in Syria: from grains to weapons

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 LONDON/MOSCOW– In the past few weeks Russia has increased its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad by sending more than 100 cargo vessels to the main Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, which has become the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year. According to maritime intelligence and international trade sources’ shipping

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