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North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday. State run KCNA news agency cited a spokesman at the foreign ministrys research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made anonsensical argument that it helped Syria produce chemical ...


Syrian government warplanes kill 21, injure 125 in Eastern Ghouta: monitor

Syrian government warplanes conducted air strikes against rebel-held eastern Ghouta on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring 125 more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, reported. It said the warplanes pounded various parts of eastern Ghouta, a besieged pocket of satellite towns and farms located near the Syrian capital Damascus. There was no im...


Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assads government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a...


Turkey wants to bring wounded from Syria's Ghouta for treatment
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Turkey wants to bring wounded from Syria's Ghouta for treatment

Turkey is working with Russia to evacuate around 500 people from the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. There are around 500 people, including 170 children and women who need urgent humanitarian aid, Erdogan said ahead of his departure on an official visit to Sudan. He said he had discussed the issue with Russian counterpart Vladimir...


Syria: US tells Russia it will end talks if bombing continues
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Syria: US tells Russia it will end talks if bombing continues

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned his Russian counterpart that Washington will end Syria talks unless Moscow stops the bombing of Aleppo. In a phone call with Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry said the US held Russia responsible for the use of incendiary and bunker bombs against the city. The US state department said it was making preparations to suspend talks. Aleppo has come under heavy...


Syria conflict: Dozens killed in bombings in government-held areas
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Syria conflict: Dozens killed in bombings in government-held areas

At least 40 people have been killed in four bombings in government-held areas of Syria and one in a city dominated by Kurdish forces, state media report. The attacks took place between 08:00 and 09:00 (05:00-06:00 GMT) around Damascus, Homs, Tartous and Hassakeh. It was not clear if they were linked. The deadliest incident was outside Tartous, on the Mediterranean coast. Tartous, which ho...


World leaders voice support for Turkey, condemn coup
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World leaders voice support for Turkey, condemn coup

World leaders expressed support for Turkey and its democratic institutions on Saturday after the government quashed an attempted military coup. ITALY Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Turkish authorities must do their utmost to ensure respect for the rule of law, of fundamental rights and of parliaments role following the failed military coup. In a statement issued by the Fore...


US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours

Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syrias fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours. Restoration of a partial truce would bring relief to residents on both sides of Syrias largest city after two weeks of relentless violence t...


A look at how the Syrian conflict has changed the world
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A look at how the Syrian conflict has changed the world

The Syrian conflict has had outsized impact on global politics. Five ways the world has changed: RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE It was in the vacuum of the deteriorating Syria conflict that a little-known and terrifically violent branch of al-Qaeda grew into the foremost terror group on the planet. In 2014, the Islamic State group completed its takeover of the eastern Syria city of Raqqa and went ...


US, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan; questions remain

The United States and Russia have agreed on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved. Syrias warring government and rebels still need to accept the deal. The timeline for a hoped-for breakthrough comes after the former Cold War foes, backing opposing sides in the conflict, sai...


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