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

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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.

Deal agreed to end long siege of Damascus suburb - rebel leader, locals 6:57pm BST

AMMAN Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict.

Russia to work with U.S. on response to Syria gas attacks report 6:38pm BST

UNITED NATIONS Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and Islamic State militants for using sulphur mustard gas.

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Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, demands Kurdish fighters retreat 5:55pm BST

KARKAMIS, Turkey Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and demanded Kurdish militia fighters retreat within a week as it seeks to secure the border region and drive back Islamic State with its first major incursion into its neighbour.

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Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town 4:33pm BST

KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbour. | Video

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says it returned to base after Manbij's capture 12:39pm BST

BEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday its forces taking part in an operation to capture the city of Manbij from Islamic State had returned to their bases after the mission was successfully completed.

China military says it is providing medical training for Syria 11:54am BST

BEIJING China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday it has been providing medical training for Syria, following a visit to the war-ravaged country last week by a senior Chinese officer.

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U.N. Security Council must act over Syria chemical use - France 9:49am BST

PARIS France's foreign minister said on Thursday the Security Council had to respond firmly after a U.N. probe found that Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks.

Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation 9:17am BST

BEIRUT Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

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U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria govt for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms 1:49am BST

UNITED NATIONS Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulphur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters.

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Turkey launches fight against IS and Kurdish militia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announces first co-ordinated offensive into Syria against Islamic State and Kurdish militia on Wednesday.