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Moscow vows no letup in Syria offensive; U.S. searches for response


WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The Kremlin vowed on Thursday to press on with its assault in Syria, while U.S. officials searched for a tougher response to Russia's decision to ignore the peace process and seek military victory on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad. | Video


Syrian rebel advance in Hama as army pushes in Aleppo 3:06pm BST

BEIRUT Syrian insurgents made new advances to capture villages north of Hama on Thursday, rebels and a war monitor said, pressing a month-long offensive in an area of strategic importance to the government as it tries to seize insurgent-held Aleppo. | Video


Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism 12:55pm BST

MOSCOW Russia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies.


U.S. weighs tougher response to Russia over Syria crisis - officials 9:48am BST

WASHINGTON Obama administration officials have begun considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options, as rising tensions with Moscow diminish hopes for diplomatic solutions from the Middle East to Ukraine and cyberspace, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.


Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies 2:51am BST

BEIRUT Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse. | Video

Obama says U.S. needs to be 'judicious' about troop use in Syria 2:12am BST

FORT LEE, Va. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he had yet to hear ideas for ending Syria's civil war that would not involve huge numbers of U.S. troops, even after bringing critics of his policy into the White House Situation Room.

German ministry says mother, baby escape from Syria to Turkey 28 Sep 2016

BERLIN A German woman who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria last year and gave birth while in captivity escaped with her baby to Turkey on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said.

Russia says ready to continue to work with United States on Syria 28 Sep 2016

MOSCOW Russia said on Wednesday it was ready to work with the United States on Syria and would soon send experts to Geneva for talks with U.S. counterparts.

Syria's east Aleppo has no anaesthetists, few intensive care beds - doctor 28 Sep 2016

GENEVA Syria's besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has no anaesthetists and only six intensive care beds after two hospitals were disabled by air strikes overnight, a doctor from the Syrian American Medical Society said on Wednesday.

Syrian hacker sympathetic to Assad pleads guilty in U.S. court 28 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON A computer hacker sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government pleaded guilty for his role as a middleman in an extortion scheme targeting U.S. media outlets and governments, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

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The deadly fight for Eastern Aleppo

Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospital as Russian-backed assault intensifies. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.