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Syria Ceasefire Approaches with Assad Emboldened, Opposition Wary

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 12 – An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favour. In a gesture loaded with symbolism, state television showed Assad visiting

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Russia ‘Not There Yet’ on Syria Deal

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Sept 8  – The United States and Russia have not reached a ceasefire deal for Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, saying it could not confirm Moscow’s announcement that the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers would meet in Geneva on Thursday. “We’re not there yet,” State Department spokesman Mark

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Russia Meeting on Syria Ends Without a Deal

HANGZHOU, China, Sept 5  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were unable to strike a deal for a ceasefire in Syria and differences remain, a senior State Department official said after their meeting in China on Monday. Kerry and Lavrov met on the sidelines of the G20 summit

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Russia Labor over Syria Truce Deal but Battles Rage On

By Roberta Rampton and John Davison HANGZHOU, China/BEIRUT, Sept 4 – The United States and Russia on Sunday tried to finalize a ceasefire deal for Syria, a second this year after a first collapsed, but U.S. President Barack Obama said “grave differences” remained and fighting on the ground continued. A truce brokered by the Cold

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Syria Deal Could be Announced Soon, U.S. Envoy tells Opposition in Letter

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Sept 4  – A deal in Syria being discussed by the United States and Russia, which would involve a country-wide ceasefire and focus on delivering aid to embattled Aleppo, could be announced soon, Washington’s Syria envoy has said. The deal would oblige Russia to prevent Syrian government warplanes from bombing areas held by the

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Syrian Rebels Fear Assault on Besieged Daraya as Residents Starve

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometers (miles) from

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U.S., Russia Stalemate on Syria Frustrates European Powers

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA, May 17 – The Obama administration’s failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country’s five-year civil war, diplomats say. Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread

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Truce Takes Hold in Aleppo But Fighting Goes on Elsewhere in Syria

AMMAN, May 5  – Relative calm prevailed on Thursday in the Syrian city of Aleppo following a U.S.-Russian agreement to extend a cessation of hostilities that had crumbled after nearly two weeks of violence between rebels and government forces that killed dozens. Syrian state media said the army would abide by a “regime of calm”

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UK’s Hammond Says New Initiative Needed for Syria Talks

MEXICO CITY, May 3 – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday he was deeply concerned about the state of the ceasefire in Syria and that a new initiative was needed to keep dialogue alive, after a sharp escalation of violence in the city of Aleppo. Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working

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Kerry Sees Hope of Extending Truce To Syria’s Aleppo

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lesley Wroughton AMMAN/GENEVA, May 2  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks were closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks and left a ceasefire in tatters. Kerry was in

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