Syrian war

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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Syrian Army Warns Rebels and Families to Leave Eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT, Oct 6 – Syria’s army has said that anybody who remains in the city of Aleppo after offering those who wish to leave an opportunity to do so would face their “inevitable fate”. A statement issued late on Wednesday said the army had cut off insurgents’ supply lines into the northern city and that

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Qatar Sees Foreign Intervention “Changing Equation” of Syria War

SINGAPORE, Oct 5 – Outside powers need to act fast to protect Syrians because foreign military backing for the government is “changing the equation” of the war, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. For 14 days, a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive has been underway to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of

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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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EU Proposes New Aleppo Aid Plan, Seeks Safety Guarantees

BEIRUT, Oct 3 – The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict. The plan aims to deliver medical, water and food aid from EU stocks in

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Fighting Further Buries Hopes for Syria Truce

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 21 – Syrian rebels and pro-government forces battled each other on major frontlines near Aleppo and Hama, and air strikes reportedly killed a dozen people including four medical workers, as a ceasefire appeared to have completely unravelled. The renewed battles demonstrated the thin prospects for reviving a

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Syrian Crisis Lifts Asylum Seekers to Post-War High: OECD

PARIS, Sept 19 – The refugee crisis unleashed by the Syrian conflict has pushed the number of asylum seekers globally to a post-war record high, lifting overall migration flows, the OECD said on Monday. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 35 member states saw the number asylum seekers double in 2015 to 1.65 million,

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