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Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal

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BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat.

Russia says two of its medics killed in Aleppo hospital attack 3:55pm GMT

MOSCOW/BEIRUT The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday Syrian rebels had deliberately shelled a Russian military field hospital in Aleppo, killing two female medics and injuring one other.

Account of Syrian girl who tweeted about Aleppo disappears online 3:08pm GMT

LONDON The Twitter account of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, who garnered followers worldwide with her updates from Aleppo, has become inactive on the micro-blogging site as government forces advance into the city's rebel-controlled areas.

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Air strikes kill 73 in rebel-held Idlib province - war monitor 12:27pm GMT

BEIRUT Air strikes killed at least 73 people in rebel-held Idlib province, including 38 in the city of Maarat al-Numan, on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group monitoring the war, reported.

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Russia says will treat as terrorists rebels who refuse to leave Aleppo 11:12am GMT

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he was confident Moscow and Washington can reach a deal in talks this week on the withdrawal of all rebels from the eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Syrian government forces seize more of Aleppo from rebels 9:21am GMT

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies advanced into another rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, a rebel official and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday, as the army drew closer to opposition-held parts of the Old City.

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Syrian rebels weakened in Aleppo battle by their own divisions 04 Dec 2016

BEIRUT/AMMAN As the Syrian government and its allies prepared to ramp up their attack on Aleppo in November, one of the rebel groups defending the opposition-held part of the city took up arms against another, seizing its stores of ammunition, fuel and food.

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Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels 03 Dec 2016

BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. | Video

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U.N. states seeking resolution to demand end to fighting in Syria 02 Dec 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly began talks on Friday on a draft resolution that would demand an end to fighting in Syria amid frustration by some states and rights groups over U.N. Security Council deadlock on the nearly six-year conflict.

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Kerry meets Russia's Lavrov, says Syria diplomacy still alive 02 Dec 2016

ROME U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged continued efforts to secure peace in Syria on Friday, on a trip to Rome where he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Pope Francis.

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Residents who fled eastern Aleppo for government-held areas early in the war begin returning to Hanano district recently captured from the rebels. Nathan Frandino reports.