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Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says

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GENEVA U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

Insight: Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

World, Top News, Yemen, 13 Dec 2017

U.S. wary of Putin's declaration of military victory in Syria

WASHINGTON The United States is voicing scepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature.

World, 13 Dec 2017

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programmes are not sustained in five neighbouring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

World, 12 Dec 2017

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done. | Video

World, Top News, 11 Dec 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border - SDF

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military centre with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants.

World, Iraq 11 Dec 2017

Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

AMMAN The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said.

World, 11 Dec 2017

Syrian government returns to Geneva talks, Western envoys sceptical

GENEVA The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage.

World, 10 Dec 2017

Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks: SANA

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria's state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source.

World, 07 Dec 2017

Britons who join Islamic State should be hunted and killed: UK defence minister

LONDON Britons who have joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted down and killed, Britain's new defence minister said.

World, Iraq 07 Dec 2017

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Russian troops return home from Syria

A battalion of Russian military police return home to Russia after President Putin announces a "significant part" of the country's troops will start pulling out of Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).