Turkey rejects Russian request for routine observation flight

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Turkey rejects Russian request for routine observation flight

Turkey has rejected a Russian request for a routine observation flight over its territory under a decade-old pact meant to enhance mutual confidence, a move Moscow said set "a dangerous precedent".

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Syrian army and allies breaks rebel siege of Shi'ite towns: army

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Syrian army and allies breaks rebel siege of Shi'ite towns: army

The Syrian army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi’ite towns in northwest Syria, government and rebel groups said on Wednesday, cutting off a main insurgent route to nearby Turkey.

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U.N. halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo

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A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

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Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until terrorists defeated

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Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until terrorists defeated

Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as al Qaeda's wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

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Syria peace talks falter as army presses Aleppo

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Syria peace talks falter as army presses Aleppo

A Syrian military offensive threatened critical rebel supply lines into the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and Damascus echoed its opponents in contradicting a U.N. envoy's assertion peace talks had begun.

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Death toll up to 70 from Islamic State Damascus attack: monitor

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Death toll up to 70 from Islamic State Damascus attack: monitor

The death toll from a suicide attack in Damascus on Sunday that was claimed by the Islamic State militant group has risen to more than 70, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60

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Syria's main opposition group met U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday, but the peace process ran straight into trouble after Islamic State bombers killed more than 60 people near the country's holiest Shi'ite shrine.

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Malala seeks to raise $1.4 bln to educate Syrian refugees

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Malala seeks to raise $1.4 bln to educate Syrian refugees

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai will seek to inspire world leaders at a conference in London on Thursday to commit $1.4 billion this year to give Syrian refugee children access to education, she told Reuters on Sunday.

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UN hopes main Syrian opposition group joins peace talks

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Syria's main opposition group has arrived in Geneva where peace talks are underway to bring an end to the country's civil war.

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Syrian rebel splits deepen after failed 'merger' with al Qaeda arm

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Syrian rebel splits deepen after failed 'merger' with al Qaeda arm

The leader of al Qaeda's Syrian wing tried unsuccessfully at a recent meeting to convince rival Islamist factions to merge into one unit, several insurgency sources have told Reuters.

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Syrian opposition to go to Geneva as peace talks open

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Syrian opposition to go to Geneva as peace talks open

Syria's main opposition group agreed to travel to Geneva, where the United Nations on Friday opened peace talks to end the country's five-year-old war, but said it wanted to discuss humanitarian issues before engaging in political negotiations.

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Diplomat says Syria talks a 'complete failure'

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A Western diplomat calls Syria peace talks a "complete failure" before they started Friday, after UN said it would press ahead despite opposition boycott.

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Syrian government to start peace talks on Friday: U.N.

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Syrian government to start peace talks on Friday: U.N.

The U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet a Syrian government delegation in Geneva on Friday to kick off the first peace talks for almost two years and will later meet other participants in the talks, his office said in a statement.

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EgyptAir mechanic suspected in Russian plane crash: sources

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EgyptAir mechanic suspected in Russian plane crash: sources

An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt's skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Syria peace talks derailed as opposition stays away

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Syria peace talks derailed as opposition stays away

The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war.

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