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Pope condemns 'barbaric violence' of Islamic State

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ANKARA - Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "barbaric violence" in Syria and Iraq. | Video

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Putin to push trade in Turkey despite disagreement on Syria 5:32pm GMT

ANKARA/MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on Monday will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge deep differences over Syria and Crimea.

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Syria denies targeting civilians, tells U.S. to criticise militants 5:03pm GMT

BEIRUT - Syria rejected as "fabricated" U.S. accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticise hardline Islamic State militants who have killed American citizens.

Jail term of over four years sought for German Islamic State suspect 12:41pm GMT

FRANKFURT - A state prosecutor on Friday demanded a prison term of over four years for a 20-year-old German man accused of fighting with Islamic State insurgents in Syria, in the first trial of its kind in Germany.

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In Syria, desperate residents see little hope in U.N. Aleppo truce plan 27 Nov 2014

BEIRUT/GAZIANTEP, Turkey - As winter sets in along the front lines of Aleppo, residents are desperate for the sort of relief United Nations officials hope a new ceasefire push will soon bring to the war-battered Syrian city.

Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus - WHO 27 Nov 2014

GENEVA/BEIRUT - At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered - NATO general 26 Nov 2014

IZMIR, Turkey - NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters.

Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels 26 Nov 2014

DOHA - At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say.

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Russia's new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful 26 Nov 2014

MOSCOW/BEIRUT - Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa - monitoring group 25 Nov 2014

BEIRUT - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria.

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Pope to urge religious tolerance in Turkey

Pope Francis begins his three-day trip to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders, amid a brutal insurgency by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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