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Turkey says U.S.-led campaign to train Syria rebels delayed by Washington

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ISTANBUL - A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline Islamic State militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.

'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief 27 Mar 2015

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.

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Syria's Assad calls chlorine allegations 'malicious propaganda' - CBS 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - President Bashar al-Assad of Syria dismissed as "malicious propaganda" allegations that his troops used chlorine gas in the fight against insurgent rebels, according to an interview broadcast on Friday on CBS "This Morning."

Exclusive: Chemical arms body to investigate allegations of Syrian chlorine gas attack - source 27 Mar 2015

THE HAGUE - The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday. | Video

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Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia 27 Mar 2015

MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.

Syria's Assad says open to dialogue with U.S. - CBS interview 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Thursday.

Syria has OKed three of 33 U.N. aid access requests in 2015 - official 26 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The Syrian government has only allowed the United Nations to deliver aid to three of the 33 sites it has requested access to this year, aid chief Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she urged the U.N. Security Council to take "concrete steps."

Exclusive: Chemical arms body to investigate allegations of Syrian chlorine gas attack - source 26 Mar 2015

THE HAGUE - The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

Syrian media: Saudi-led Yemen action is 'blatant aggression' 26 Mar 2015

BEIRUT - Syria expressed deep concern about what it called "blatant aggression" in Yemen after a Saudi-led military operation was launched against Shi'ite rebels on Thursday, the state news agency SANA reported.

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Syrian Islamist insurgents advance around Idlib city - monitor 26 Mar 2015

BEIRUT - An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overun 17 defence posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

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Offensive into Tikrit intensifies

Aerial bombardment of Islamic State fighter positions continues in western Tikrit as Iraqi forces, along with U.S. airpower, continue push into the city. Nathan Frandino reports.