Kerry hopes to work with Russia on Syria, U.N. aims to restart talks


VIENTIANE/GENEVA The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a U.N. envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month.

French church attacker had tried to reach Syria, was monitored

PARIS One of the two knife-wielding men who attacked a church in France on Tuesday has been named as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who was under close surveillance after two failed attempts to reach Syria last year, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said.

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From Beirut to Baghdad, 'useless' bomb detectors guard against disaster

BEIRUT/BAGHDAD At a checkpoint in central Beirut, a guard checks a small truck for explosives. He is manning the last security barrier before Lebanon's parliament building 100 metres away, and relying on a bomb detector that experts say is useless.

World, 26 Jul 2016

Syrian army texts residents to leave rebel-held Aleppo - SANA

BEIRUT The Syrian army sent text messages to residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo saying it will grant safe passage to people wishing to leave the area, which has been effectively besieged by pro-government forces, state media said on Tuesday.

World, 26 Jul 2016

INSIGHT - Turkish military a fractured force after attempted coup

ISTANBUL Just weeks ago, Commander Adem Huduti was inspecting Turkish troops on the Syrian border and being praised in the media for his role in the fight against Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

World, 26 Jul 2016

Bavarian bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State - minister

ANSBACH, Germany The Syrian who blew himself up in southern Germany, wounding 15 people, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State on a video found on his mobile phone, the Bavarian Interior Minister said on Monday. | Video

Top News, World, 26 Jul 2016

Israel says aircraft strikes in Syria after errant Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/AMMAN Israeli aircraft attacked a target in Syria on Monday after errant fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck inside Israel, Israel's military said.

Cooperation with Russia in Syria would not be based on trust -U.S. general

WASHINGTON Any military or intelligence cooperation between the United States and Russia to strike targets in Syria would include measures to ensure U.S. operational security and would not be based on trust, a top U.S. military official said on Monday.

World, 26 Jul 2016

U.N. aid chief urges Security Council to push Aleppo aid access

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations aid chief asked the Security Council on Monday to push for a weekly 48-hour humanitarian pause in fighting to allow food and other aid to be delivered to eastern areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

World, 26 Jul 2016

Syrians in Lebanon hit by arrests, curfews and hostility after bombings

BEIRUT Suicide bombings in Lebanon last month have prompted mass arrests, curfews and reported vigilante-style attacks directed at the large Syrian refugee population, leaving many Syrians in the country feeling fearful and cornered.

World, 25 Jul 2016

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