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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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You Can’t Please Everyone

The U.N. humanitarian mission in Syria is constantly scrutinized by the rebels and the regime. By Nour Samaha It is considered one of the most controversial United Nations’ missions in recent history, and over the last year it has come under the fire and scrutiny of opposition supporters, who claim it is no longer acting impartially, and is under the influence

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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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Syria War Parties to Agree on U.N. Basic Principles Paper: Diplomats

By John Irish and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA, March 24 – Syrian government and opposition parties at peace talks in Geneva are expected to agree on Thursday to a document drawn up by a U.N. special envoy outlining basic principles in what one diplomat described as a “baby step” forward. With a fragile ceasefire in place

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Syria Aid Trucks to Set off from Damascus – Red Crescent

BEIRUT, Feb 17 – At least 100 trucks of humanitarian aid were preparing to set off for besieged areas of Syria from Damascus on Wednesday, the Syrian Red Crescent said, in the latest delivery of supplies to trapped residents. The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas, the United Nations said after crisis

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Syrian Gov’t Approves Access to Seven Besieged Areas

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 16 – The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas, including Mouadamiya al-Sham near Damascus and Deir al-Zor, and U.N. convoys are expected to set off in days, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday. “I understand that the Government of Syria has

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EU’s Mogherini Sees No New Cold War; Urges Syria Truce be Respected

BRUSSELS, Feb 15 – European Union’s top diplomat said on Monday she saw no signs of a new Cold War developing with Russia, days after Russia’s prime minister warned of growing tension between his country and the West. “I have not seen the climate of Cold War in these last days,” Federica Mogherini, the head

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U.N. Says Syria Ignored Most of its Requests to Deliver Aid

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28- The Syrian government in 2015 ignored most United Nations requests to deliver humanitarian aid to some of the 4.6 million people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas and only 620,000 received help, the U.N. aid chief said on Wednesday. Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that last year

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Syria Peace Talks Hinge on Envoy’s Answers

BEIRUT/GENEVA/PARIS, Jan 27 – The Syrian opposition is awaiting clarification on key points from the United Nations before deciding whether to attend peace negotiations planned for Friday. The Syrian government has already agreed to join the talks that U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to convene in an indirect format in Geneva with the aim

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U.N. Invites Warring Parties to Syria Talks This Week

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Tom Perry and Tom Miles AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 27  – The United Nations invited Syria’s government and opposition to peace talks in Geneva on Friday, but Saudi-backed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad have yet to decide whether to drop their objections to taking part. The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,

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