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Pope Francis Decries New Attacks In Syria’s Deraa Province

Pope Francis has decried intensified attacks in southern Syria, asking that people there be spared more suffering. In remarks Sunday at the Vatican, Francis cited Syria’s Deraa province, where a government offensive that began June 19 has killed scores of

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World Leaders May Boycott 2018 World Cup Over Syria

By Joel Ajayi with agency report World leaders may boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin’s VIP box at 2018 World Cup opening ceremony unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians. Russia, which hosts the world’s most-watched sporting event for the

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Russia Claims Syria Air Defences Shot Down 71 Of 103 Missiles

The Russian military has claimed that the Syrian air defences, whose most modern weapon is a three-decade old Russian-supplied anti-aircraft system, shot down “71 of 103” missiles fired by the US and its allies, the UK and France. As more

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Russia calls for ceasefire in Syria

With Russia’s backing, the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The resolution demanding the ceasefire “without delay” was adopted as Syrian government forces pounded the

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Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Afghan capital kill 16

Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive. Dozens of others were wounded as explosions and gunfire

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Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo: UN

War crimes were committed by all Syrian sides during the battle for Aleppo, which included chemical weapons attacks, civilian executions and forced displacements following the rebel defeat, a UN probe said Wednesday. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) for

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Syria regime shelling ‘bloody message” before talks: opposition

The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a “bloody message” aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said recent attacks near

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Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters. A joint inquiry for

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Islamic State kills 24 in Baghdad blast, cuts road to Mosul

An Islamic State car bomb killed 24 people in a busy square in Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district on Monday, and the militants cut a key road north from the capital to Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country.

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Russia calls U.S. move to better arm Syrian rebels a ‘hostile act

Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria. Moscow last year launched

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