Kerry meets Russia's Lavrov, says Syria diplomacy still alive

ROME U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged continued efforts to secure peace in Syria on Friday, on a trip to Rome where he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Pope Francis.

U.N. states seeking resolution to demand end to fighting in Syria

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly began talks on Friday on a draft resolution that would demand an end to fighting in Syria amid frustration by some states and rights groups over U.N. Security Council deadlock on the nearly six-year conflict.

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Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official

BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signalling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.

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INTERVIEW: Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks - security chief

BRUSSELS Islamic State will attack Europe again, security chiefs warned on Friday, and may add car bombs, cyber and chemical warfare to its local arsenal as European militants drift home after reverses in Syria and Iraq.

World, 02 Dec 2016

Syrian rebels and families leave another town near Damascus

BEIRUT Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left al-Tal near Damascus on Friday under a deal with the government, the latest in a number of such evacuations as the army and its allies consolidate their control over the outskirts of the capital.

World, 02 Dec 2016

Air strikes kill 54 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military

WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition killed 54 civilians between March 31 and Oct. 22 while carrying out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.

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30,000 flee east Aleppo, Russia proposing humanitarian corridors - U.N.

GENEVA About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400,000, U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

World, 01 Dec 2016

Interview: Red Cross says in talks with Syria on access to those fleeing Aleppo

GENEVA The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is in talks with the Syrian government about gaining access to people fleeing rebel-held eastern Aleppo who are being screened or detained, a senior ICRC official told Reuters on Thursday.

World, 01 Dec 2016

Turkey, Russia see need for Aleppo truce but divisions remain

ALANYA, Turkey Turkey and Russia, two of the main backers of opposing sides in Syria's civil war, said on Thursday they agreed on the need for a halt to fighting and the provision of aid in Aleppo but deep divisions remain between them over the conflict.

World, 01 Dec 2016

Bad weather halts Aleppo air strikes, fighting continues

BEIRUT Thick cloud cover and rain deterred air strikes on rebel-held districts of east Aleppo on Thursday, though artillery bombardment and heavy fighting continued on the ground, a monitor and civil defence workers said.

World, 01 Dec 2016

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Leaving behind bitter memories of Aleppo

Thousands of civilians are on the move to escape fighting as the Syrian government presses the attack against rebels in eastern Aleppo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.