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U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

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GENEVA The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced.

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U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

GENEVA The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. | Video

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U.S. and Russia fail to close deal on ending violence in Syria

GENEVA The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation and a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, saying they still have issues to resolve before an agreement could be announced. | Video

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Russia to appeal against Rio ban in court

MOSCOW Russia will appeal in the Swiss Federal Court on Monday against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to uphold a blanket ban on their athletes from competing in next month's Rio Paralympics.

WRAPUP 1-Paralympics-Russia to appeal against Rio ban in court

MOSCOW, Aug 26 Russia will appeal in the Swiss Federal Court on Monday against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to uphold a blanket ban on their athletes from competing in next month's Rio Paralympics.

UPDATE 2-Paralympics-Russia to appeal against Rio ban in court

* Suspension issued for state-sponsored doping programme (Adds new para 4)

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Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

GENEVA Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday.

EU should drop Russia sanctions, Slovak PM says after meeting Putin

BRATISLAVA Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Friday renewed his call for the European Union to end sanctions against Russia after meeting President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, saying they had failed to influence the settlement of any key issues.

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Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

GENEVA Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday. | Video

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Kerry, Lavrov meet to finalize details of Syria cooperation deal

GENEVA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva on Friday to try to hammer out final details of a cooperation agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria.

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Italy grieves as state funeral held for victims of powerful quake

ASCOLI PICENO, Italy Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the simple wooden coffins at a state funeral held on Saturday for some of the 290 people killed in an earthquake this week. | Video