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U.N. condemns killings, calls for better access to Palestinian camp in Syria

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations on Friday condemned the killing of four people as they tried to leave a Palestinian refugee camp near the Syrian capital and said tightened security around the camp meant residents face "grave risks" when trying to access aid.


Syrian army and Russian jets halt Aleppo bombardment for second day 6:39pm BST

BEIRUT Syria's army and Russia's air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents.

Turkey pounds Syrian Kurdish fighters as both sides try to fight IS 6:39pm BST

BEIRUT At least 90 Turkish rockets pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria on Friday, as clashes intensified between two sides both supposed to be fighting Islamic State, a monitor and militia spokesperson said.


U.N. says to pursue perpetrators of war crimes in Aleppo 5:57pm BST

GENEVA The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks. | Video


Syrian refugee in Germany tried to make a bomb before suicide - report 4:37pm BST

BERLIN A Syrian refugee who committed suicide in prison after being arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on a Berlin airport experimented with chemicals in August in an attempt to make a bomb, a magazine reported on Friday.


Church bells around the world toll for civilian casualties in Aleppo 8:52am BST

HELSINKI Churches across the world are joining a Helsinki parish in ringing their bells daily to commemorate civilians killed in the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast 7:39am BST

ISTANBUL The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria.


Italy resists EU push for Russia sanctions over Aleppo bombings 5:33am BST

BRUSSELS European Union leaders condemned Russia on Friday for its bombing of civilians in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo but faced resistance from Italy to impose new sanctions against Moscow over the atrocities.


U.N. chief pushes for rare General Assembly session on Syria 20 Oct 2016

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed on Thursday for the 193-member General Assembly to hold a rare emergency special session on Syria since a deadlocked Security Council has failed to take action to end the nearly six-year war.

Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to U.S.- backed force 20 Oct 2016

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria overnight, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield.

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Aleppo siege and air strikes are war crimes: U.N. rights boss

The top United Nations human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria amounted to war crimes although he did not specifically name Russia, whose war planes have carried out weeks of air strikes on the rebel-held part of Aleppo along with the Syrian air force. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).