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British prime minister attacks Russia as Trump meets Putin

HELSINKI — Britain’s prime minister has launched a strong attack on Russia even as President Donald Trump is sitting down with his Russian …

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Syrian government, rebels clash over recon base near Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and government forces clashed over a reconnaissance point near the frontier with Israel, a monitoring group said Monday, as the government pressed forward with military operations in the country's southwest.<p>Government forces bombed villages and rebel positions around …

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Israeli rockets strike military position near Aleppo in Syria

Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had struck a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.<p>"The Zionist enemy...targets one of our military sites north of Nairab airport," the Syrian state news agency SANA said, quoting a military …

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Breaking: Syrian military launches major attack across west Daraa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Syrian military launched a major attack this morning across the the western countryside of the Daraa …

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Russia withdraws 35 military aircraft from Syria

MOSCOW, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Russia has so far withdrawn from Syria a total of 35 military aircraft, including warplanes and helicopters, the Russian …

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Syria and Trump’s Iran Obsession

The Trump administration appears to be in no hurry to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria:<p>US President Donald Trump’s top security adviser said Sunday …

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Report: Syria blames Israel for strikes in north

Syria's state news agency is reporting that Israeli missiles have hit a Syrian military base in the country's north, inflicting material damage.<p>The …

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US and allies are discussing evacuating rescue group from Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the Syrian government recaptures increasing amounts of territory in the southwest and other regions of the country, Western allies have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of a group of unarmed volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets.<p>The fate of some 1,000 …

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Aid convoy reaches southwest Syria - Syrian Arab Red Crescent

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A humanitarian aid convoy reached government-held parts of southwest Syria on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent statement said.<p>Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um al-Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan.<p>The …

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More Than 200,000 People in Southern Syria Have No Access to Medical Care

The World Health Organization is calling for access to more than 210,000 people in urgent need of medical assistance in southern Syria, the scene of …

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Turkey puts down roots in a corner of war-torn Syria

This pocket of northwestern Syria is starting to look a lot like neighboring Turkey.<p>Many buildings bear signs in Turkish in addition to Arabic. Portraits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan adorn public schools, where students learn Turkish as a second language instead of English or French. …

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US Airstrike Kills 54 Civilians Near Abu Kamal in Push to Control Syrian Border

<b>ABU KAMAL, SYRIA –</b> Around midnight on Friday, U.S.-led coalition warplanes in Syria conducted intensive airstrikes near Abu Kamal in the Deir ez-Zor …

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After Putin meeting, Iranian says Tehran in Syria to stay

A top foreign policy adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said Friday after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that …

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World Chess Federation suspends long-time president Ilyumzhinov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The World Chess Federation said on Friday its ethics commission had suspended long-time president, Russian businessman Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, for having allegedly violated the organization's code of ethics.<p>Ilyumzhinov, who has headed the federation since 1995, is being suspended …

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Is this the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war?

Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, has been surrendered to government forces. The bloodshed is far from over, but this is a notable sign …

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Syria war: Anti-IS strike 'kills many civilians'

<b>The US-led coalition says it "may have" carried out an air strike in an area of eastern Syria where scores of civilians were reportedly killed on Thursday.</b><p>Fifty-four people, including at least 28 civilians as well as Islamic State (IS) group militants, died in the strike on a village near the Iraqi …

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James Foley Traded To ISIS By Another Rebel Group

According to Syrian sources who have worked previously to locate and rescue kidnapped journalists in Syria, American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State in a video the militant group made public on Tuesday, was most likely used by another guerrilla group as a token of …

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Israel Says It Hits Syrian Army Posts After Drone Incursion

An IDF tank in the Israel-Syria border area. Photo: Screenshot.Israel attacked Syrian army positions on Thursday near the Golan Heights frontier, …

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Syria’s Former Rebel Strongholds Endure as Assad Regime Reasserts Control

An iron fist trumps reconciliation in Damascus suburb amid increased surveillance, as citizens fear arrests<p>President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are maintaining pressure on Eastern Ghouta with arrests, military conscriptions and restricted food supplies months after the capture of the Damascus suburb …

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As Assad Closes in, a Birthplace of Syria's Uprising Gains New Importance

More than seven years after Daraa became the cradle of the Syrian uprising, the city has effectively surrendered to regime forces. Its final days …

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U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan combat; second in six days

One American service member was killed in combat in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the U.S. military said.<p>The service member’s identity was being …

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As it happened: Friday, July 13

Here are the key developments so far:<p><b>Trump trashes Brexit plan:</b> Trump fires a salvo at May's Brexit strategy. The US president goes out of his way to embarrass his host during his trip to Britain, telling The Sun newspaper that the UK probably won't get a trade deal with the US under the prime …

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Five years after Syrian archbishops' abduction, Christians need help finding answers

It's been more than five years now since the two most important figures in Syria's Christian communities were kidnapped in a no-man's land between rebel and regime-held territory, whisked away without a trace - and not heard from since.<p>It was broadly assumed Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and …

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Syria's Deraa: Regime raises flag in cradle of protest movement

Capture of province's capital is a symbolic victory for the Bashar al-Assad regime in the more-than-seven-year war that has seen rebels lose most of their territory.<p>Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have raised the national flag over Deraa province's capital, which has been held by …

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Syrian government raises its flag over Daraa, cradle of 2011 uprising, after rebels surrender

BEIRUT — Syrian government raises its flag over Daraa, cradle of 2011 uprising, after rebels surrender.<p>Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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No military solution in Syria: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS, July 12 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for a political settlement of the Syria crisis, saying …

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'It’s over, we’re finished. The rebels have handed over Syria,' says boy who sparked the civil war

“It’s over, we’re finished. They’re giving up Syria,” read the late-night message from a fighter with the Free Syrian Army.<p>Mouawiya Syasneh had vowed to battle on until victory, or death. But the boy credited with helping spark the civil war with a small act of defiance with teenage friends in 2011 …

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Russia Accuses NATO of Having Bases 'Snuggled' up to Its Borders

Russia's defense minister, in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday as NATO began a two-day summit, criticized the United States and the …

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70 journalists trapped in Syrian Army offensive

Damascus, July 11 (IANS) The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday said at least 70 journalists and media workers were trapped in …

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