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Russia vetoes U.N. demand for end to bombing of Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 9 – Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria‘s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French

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Aleppo Will Eventually Fall, but Syrian War Will Go On

By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Oct 5  – It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war. Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and trading centre which is key to controlling Syria’s

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Attack on Aleppo Aid Convoy was Air Strike – UN Expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 5 – Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday. Some 20 people were killed in the attack on the U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urem

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Trump says Russia Broke Syria Deal, Does Not Respect U.S. Leaders

By Emily Stephenson PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz., Oct 5 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Russia “broke the deal” with the United States for a ceasefire in Syria and that the country did not respect U.S. leaders. The United States broke off talks this week with Russia on implementing a ceasefire agreement

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Kerry says Syria Peace Efforts must Continue Despite Break with Russia

BRUSSELS, Oct 4  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia on Tuesday for its “irresponsible and profoundly ill-advised decision” to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said efforts to end the war in Syria must continue, in spite of the U.S. decision to break off talks with Moscow. “I want to be clear

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Iran Parliament Speaker Snubs German Minister on Visit

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – The speaker of Iran‘s parliament, Ali Larijani, cancelled talks with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday during his high-profile trip to Tehran, snubbing the German who had earlier stressed the need for reform in the Islamic Republic. Larijani, seen as a moderate conservative in Iran, was the

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Russian Bombers Hit Aleppo as Rebels Repel Assault

AMMAN, Oct 4 – Rebels said on Tuesday they repelled a Syrian army offensive in southern Aleppo as Russian and Syrian warplanes continued to pound residential areas in besieged parts of the city where thousands of civilians are trapped. They said they inflicted losses on pro-government fighters after several hours of clashes on the fringe

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Afghan Hospital Bombing Reenacted in Protest as Bombs Fall on Aleppo

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 4 – Geneva’s main hospital became a fiery inferno on Monday night in a simulation to commemorate the deadly U.S. air strike on a Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan a year ago and to condemn alleged Syrian and Russian bombing of health centres in Aleppo. The #NotaTarget event was organised by

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U.N. to Discuss Urging End to All Military Flights Over Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 – The United Nations Security Council will begin negotiations on Monday on a draft resolution that urges Russia and the United States to ensure an immediate truce in Syria’s Aleppo and to “put an end to all military flights over the city.” The draft text, seen by Reuters, also

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Russia says U.S. Syria Statement shows Washington Supports Terrorism

MOSCOW, Sept 29 – Russia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies. Ryabkov was referring to a statement made by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby who said

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