Rebels launch assault in Syria's Aleppo, diplomats strain to revive truce


BEIRUT/MOSCOW Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital, in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unravelling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks.

U.N. mediator: Syria peace talks could resume if Aleppo truce agreed

MOSCOW The United Nations mediator on Syria said moribund peace talks on the conflict could soon be resumed if a faltering truce were extended to the city of Aleppo, something the Russian foreign minister said he hoped would be announced within hours.

World, 7:00pm IST

Kerry aims to extend truce to Syria's Aleppo as ceasefire unravels

AMMAN/GENEVA Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has left a ceasefire in tatters and torpedoed peace talks. | Video

World, 5:12am IST

UK's Hammond says new initiative needed for Syria talks

MEXICO CITY British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday he was deeply concerned about the state of the ceasefire in Syria and that a new initiative was needed to keep dialogue alive, after a sharp escalation of violence in the city of Aleppo.

World, 3:46am IST

One person killed by rocket fire in Turkey's Kilis - source

ANKARA One person was killed and some were wounded when two rockets fired from Islamic State-controlled Syria landed near a school and in a street in the Turkish border town of Kilis on Monday, a security source said.

World, 02 May 2016

Prisoners revolt in Syria's Hama jail, seize guards - Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT Syrian government troops surrounded Hama prison in the west of the country on Monday and fired tear gas after inmates revolted, seizing several guards, a monitoring group reported.

World, 02 May 2016

Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses: IHS

BAGHDAD Islamic State attacks have increased this year, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the group responds to substantial territorial losses, a U.S.-based analysis firm IHS said on Sunday.

World, Iraq 02 May 2016

Russia says talks to extend Syrian lull in fighting to Aleppo

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of the country, a sign of intensified efforts to halt a surge of violence in Syria's former commercial capital.

Top News, World, 02 May 2016

Aleppo bombed as Syrian army begins "calm" plan elsewhere

BEIRUT Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as a temporary "calm" declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest.

Top News, World, 01 May 2016

'Monstrous' violence in Syria as government excludes Aleppo from truce

BEIRUT Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives.

World, 30 Apr 2016

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Kerry "hopeful" of extending truce to Syria's Aleppo

Despite several days of deadly attacks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful that he and other parties can extend a truce to the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).