Aleppo siege and air strikes are war crimes - U.N. rights boss


GENEVA The United Nations' top human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes.

Syrian army and Russian jets halt Aleppo bombardment for second day

BEIRUT Syria's army and Russia's air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents.

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Church bells around the world toll for civilian casualties in Aleppo

HELSINKI Churches across the world are joining a Helsinki parish in ringing their bells daily to commemorate civilians killed in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast

ISTANBUL The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria.

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Italy resists EU push for Russia sanctions over Aleppo bombings

BRUSSELS European Union leaders condemned Russia on Friday for its bombing of civilians in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo but faced resistance from Italy to impose new sanctions against Moscow over the atrocities.

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U.N. chief pushes for rare General Assembly session on Syria

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed on Thursday for the 193-member General Assembly to hold a rare emergency special session on Syria since a deadlocked Security Council has failed to take action to end the nearly six-year war.

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Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to U.S.-backed force

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria overnight, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield.

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Syria says east Aleppo ceasefire has begun, promises "safe exit"

AMMAN The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade. | Video

World, 20 Oct 2016

Four-way talks move ahead on Ukraine, scant progress on Syria

BERLIN Germany and France pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend a pause in air strikes in Syria and halt the "criminal" bombardment of civilians, but said four-way talks aimed at ending violence in eastern Ukraine made some progress.

World, Top News 20 Oct 2016

U.S.'s Kerry plays down Syria deal hopes as Russia joins Geneva talks

GENEVA/WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry played down expectations of a new Syrian ceasefire deal with Russia after talks in Geneva aimed at agreeing on how to separate al Qaeda-linked militants from opposition fighters in the besieged city of Aleppo.

World, 20 Oct 2016

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Young rebels look to Aleppo, without Turkish backers

Two months after driving Islamic State from this Syrian border town, the young rebel fighters patrolling its streets nurse an ambition beyond the aims of their Turkish backers: to break the siege of Aleppo.