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Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy' - U.N

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GENEVA The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a rapid "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the talks were still "cloudy".

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Turkey says up to 40,000 people newly settled at camps 10:02am GMT

ISTANBUL Up to 40,000 refugees have settled in camps on the Turkish border inside Syria in the latest wave of migration, a Turkish deputy prime minister said on Friday, as attacks by Russian-backed Syrian government forces send tens of thousands fleeing.

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Uncertainty at Syria talks as Russia backs government advance 12:03am GMT

MUNICH Major powers began a new round of Syria talks on Thursday focusing on calls for a ceasefire and access for aid, but the mood was dour with Moscow showing no sign of calling off its bombing in support of a massive new government advance. | Video

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Russia raises spectre of interminable or 'world war' if Syria talks fail 11 Feb 2016

MUNICH Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the spectre of an interminable or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces.

Aleppo victory seen giving Russia first Syria exit ramp, if it wants it 11 Feb 2016

MOSCOW Aleppo's return to full Syrian government control could give Russia an opportunity to scale back or suspend its air strikes, but Moscow is keeping its options open, experts close to the Kremlin and the defence ministry told Reuters.

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Russia helps mediate local deals with rebels in Syria - minister 11 Feb 2016

DAMASCUS Russian mediators are helping the Syrian government to broker deals with rebels seeking to lay down their weapons or to relocate to insurgent strongholds, as Moscow plays a role underwriting local truces with besieged opposition fighters. 

U.N. warns of hunger in Homs as Syrian offensive strands 120,000 11 Feb 2016

GENEVA A military offensive by Syrian government and allied forces has cut off 120,000 people in the northern Homs governorate since mid-January, worsening hunger and killing patients unable to get to medical care, a U.N. report said on Thursday.

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Turkey's Erdogan warns patience will run out on Syria 11 Feb 2016

ANKARA Turkey's patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, calling on the United Nations to do more to prevent what he said was "ethnic cleansing" in the country.

Russia says U.S. planes bombed Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday 11 Feb 2016

MOSCOW Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area.

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Russia, pressed to end Syria bombing, proposes March truce 11 Feb 2016

UNITED NATIONS/DAMASCUS/ONCUPINAR, Turkey World powers pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging a truce in three weeks' time.

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Push for peace as Syria spirals deeper into crisis

World powers arrive in Munich for revived Syrian peace talks, but with Moscow backing the Syrian government for an all-out military victory, officials see little hope of a breakthrough. Jillian Kitchener reports.