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U.N. Parachutes Food into Syrian City Besieged by Daesh

GENEVA, April 11 – The United Nations said it parachuted food supplies to thousands of people besieged by Daesh militants in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, in a bid to ease more than two years of blockades and shortages. Many in the eastern city had been reduced to eating grass and wild vegetation,

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U.N. Chief Urges Countries To Resettle Syrian Refugees

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 30  – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all countries on Wednesday to accept nearly half a million Syrian refugees for resettlement over the next three years. Ban, kicking off a ministerial conference hosted by the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in Geneva, said: “This demands an exponential increase in global

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U.S., at U.N., To Raise Iran’s “Dangerous” Missile Tests

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 12 – The United States will raise during U.N. Security Council consultations next week the issue of Iran‘s recent ballistic missile launches and is urging countries to cooperate on undermining Tehran’s missile program, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Friday. “We will raise these dangerous launches directly at

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U.N. Seeks to Build Peace Talks on Fragile Syria Truce

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, March 6 – A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks. U.N. envoy Staffan de

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Syria Fighting Largely Halts as Cessation Begins

By John Davison BEIRUT, Feb 27  – Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturday after a landmark “cessation of hostilities” came into effect under a U.S.-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have accepted. The temporary halt in fighting marked the first time world powers have been able

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Syrian Rebels See Flaws in U.S.-Russian Truce Plan

By Arshad Mohammed and Tom Perry WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, Feb 23 – The United States and Russia announced plans for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria that would take effect on Saturday but exclude groups such as Daesh and al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, a loophole Syrian rebels immediately highlighted as a problem. Monday’s agreement, described by a U.N. spokesman as “a first

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Syria Aid Trucks Reach Edge of Besieged Damascus Suburb

BEIRUT, Feb 17 – A convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived outside a besieged Damascus suburb on Wednesday in a major, U.N.-backed deal to deliver aid to tens of thousands of trapped residents in several of Syria’s worst hit areas, a Reuters witness said. Syrian state media earlier said that a convoy of 35

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U.N. Peace Envoy Visits Syria as Ceasefire Plan Struggles

DAMASCUS, Feb 16 – Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, has arrived in Damascus and will meet Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday, a Syrian government official said. De Mistura is making the surprise visit as world powers push for a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict. He suspended peace talks in Geneva last

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Missiles in Syria Kill 50 as Schools, Hospitals Hit; Turkey Accuses Russia

By Ercan Gurses and Suleiman Al-Khalidi KIEV/BEIRUT, Feb 16 – Turkey on Monday accused Russia of an “obvious war crime” after missile attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish militia fighters there they would face the “harshest reaction” if they tried to capture a town near the Turkish border. An offensive supported by Russian

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Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Hit Record High: U.N.

By Josh Smith KABUL, Feb 14 – Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported on Sunday. At least 3,545 noncombatants died and another

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