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30,000 Flee East Aleppo, Russia Wants Humanitarian Corridors – UN

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 1 – About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400,000, U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. By Wednesday,

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Russia says Syrian Army Advance in Aleppo Boon Not Curse for Civilians

MOSCOW, Nov 29 – Russia said on Tuesday that the Syrian army’s breakthrough in Aleppo had dramatically altered the situation on the ground, allowing more than 80,000 civilians to access humanitarian aid after years of being used by militants as human shields. “During the last 24 hours, thanks to very well-prepared and careful actions, Syrian

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Ukraine’s Missile Test Plans Near Crimea Heat Up Row with Russia

MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 26 – Moscow protested against Ukraine’s plans to carry out missile tests near Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 following the toppling of a pro-Russian Ukrainian president, raising the temperature in the dispute between the two countries. Russian aviation agency Rosaviatsia said late on Friday it has received a notification from Ukraine on

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U.N. Envoy Sees Continued U.S. Work to End Syria War

BERLIN, Nov 25 – The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday said U.S. President Barack Obama could well keep working until his last day in office to end the war in Syria, and Russia did not want to be held responsible for the demolition of eastern Aleppo. “I would never underestimate an outgoing U.S.

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Aleppo Rebels Agree UN Aid Plan; Russia, Syria Yet to Approve

GENEVA, Nov 24 – Syrian rebels in besieged east Aleppo have agreed to a U.N. plan for aid delivery and medical evacuations, but the United Nations awaits a green light from Russia and the Syrian government, humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday. With freezing winter conditions setting in, some 275,000 people are trapped in

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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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U.S.’s Kerry Discussed Renewed Bombing in Aleppo with Russia

LIMA, Nov 17 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he discussed Ukraine and “all aspects” of Aleppo including renewed bombing in the Syrian city this week in a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Speaking to reporters after their one-on-one talk during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, Lavrov

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Russia Starts Blocking LinkedIn Website after Court Ruling

MOSCOW, Nov 17 – Russia’s communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn’s website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating a data storage law. LinkedIn, which has its headquarters in the United States, is the first major social network to be blocked

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