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Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

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ASTANA Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

Syrian rebels call on Russia to help defend ceasefire

ASTANA A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month holds, the head of a delegation at peace talks told Reuters on Sunday.

World, 22 Jan 2017

Indonesian authorities detain 17 nationals returning from Syria

JAKARTA Indonesian authorities have detained 17 nationals returning from Syria, including children, suspected of being involved in radical activity, officials told Reuters on Sunday.

World, 22 Jan 2017

Syrian army nears Turkey-backed rebels in new advance

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies on Sunday drove Islamic State from several villages east of Aleppo, a military media unit run by Hezbollah and a war monitor reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels.

World, 22 Jan 2017

Syrian army and allies take village from Islamic State

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies on Sunday drove Islamic State from the village of Soran, east of Aleppo, state media and a military media unit run by Hezbollah reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels.

World, 22 Jan 2017

Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence

BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

World, Iraq 22 Jan 2017

U.S. air strike in Syria kills more than 100 al Qaeda members - Pentagon

WASHINGTON A U.S. air strike on Thursday targeting an al Qaeda training camp in Syria's Idlib province killed more than 100 militants, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

World, 21 Jan 2017

Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence

BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

World, Iraq 20 Jan 2017

Germany says helped broker ceasefire for valley near Damascus

BERLIN German diplomats helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.

World, 20 Jan 2017

Analysis - Syrian rebels bitterly divided before new peace talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents appear more divided than ever as they prepare for peace talks next week, demoralised by their defeat in Aleppo and unable to unite into a single force to defend their remaining territory.

World, 20 Jan 2017

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