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Syria's warring sides face off as U.N. tells them - end the nightmare


GENEVA Opposing sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in U.N. peace talks for the first time in three years on Thursday, to hear mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them to cooperate to find a way out of almost six years of war.

U.N. Security Council to vote on Syria sanctions over chemical weapons - diplomats 10:35am GMT

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council will likely vote on a resolution to blacklist 11 Syrian military commanders and officials over chemical weapons attacks as early as next week, diplomats said on Thursday.

Islamic State car blast kills dozens in northwest Syria 10:03am GMT

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL An Islamic State car bomb killed more than 40 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels backed by Turkey, sources in the region and a war monitor said, a day after the jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area.


Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria 12:35am GMT

WASHINGTON A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fuelling the conflict, America's top general said on Thursday.

Syria's warring sides trade fire as peace talks convene 23 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Deraa and Hama provinces and insurgents fired rockets at government targets on Thursday, just as peace talks were set to resume in Geneva after a 10-month hiatus, a war monitoring group said.


Syrian women demand U.N. talks address fate of detainees 23 Feb 2017

GENEVA Syrian women demanded on Thursday that the fate of their detained or missing relatives be addressed in United Nations- sponsored peace talks, hoping they lead to prisoner releases.


U.N. mediator not expecting quick breakthrough in Syria peace talks 23 Feb 2017

GENEVA U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he did not expect an immediate breakthrough when Syria peace talks restart on Thursday but wanted productive talks that relaunch the process towards a political solution to end the six-year war. | Video


Syrian army takes district near Aleppo - monitor, media unit 23 Feb 2017

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies took a small district on the outskirts of Aleppo from rebels on Wednesday, a war monitor and a military media unit run by Damascus ally Hezbollah said.


Groundhog day in Geneva - old questions haunt Syria talks 22 Feb 2017

GENEVA When Syria peace talks restart in Geneva on Thursday after 10 months in the deep-freeze, familiar disagreements are likely to resurface, despite massive changes in the military and political context.


In Bavarian town, Syrian sisters get to grips with Germany's freedoms 22 Feb 2017

SCHILLINGSFUERST, Germany More than a year ago, Mayar and Nawar Ballish escaped car bomb attacks in Damascus. Now the Syrian sisters, both students in their twenties, go to school by train past neat gardens and farms in the quiet hills of Bavaria, southern Germany.

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Syria talks resume, but peace elusive

After a ten-month freeze, delegations from Syria's warring parties arrived in Geneva on Wednesday ahead of another round of talks aimed at ending the brutal, five-year-old civil war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).