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Rebels launch assault in Syria's Aleppo, diplomats try to revive truce


BEIRUT/MOSCOW Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unravelling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks. | Video


Syria war could spark confrontation between powers - think-tank 12:12am BST

DUBAI The chance of unintentional confrontation between foreign powers involved in Syria has risen as its five-year-old conflict turns into a proxy war influenced by increasingly engaged outside powers, a European think-tank said on Wednesday.

Albanian court jails nine for recruiting fighters for Syria 03 May 2016

TIRANA An Albanian court sentenced nine defendants, including three Muslim clerics, to jail sentences of up to 18 years on Tuesday for recruiting people to fight in Syria's civil war.


MSF slams major U.N. powers over hospital attacks 03 May 2016

UNITED NATIONS Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres on Tuesday slammed four of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for ties to attacks on hospitals in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan as the council demanded an end to such strikes.


Syria peace talks could resume if Aleppo truce agreed - U.N. mediator 03 May 2016

MOSCOW The United Nations mediator on Syria said moribund peace talks on the conflict could soon be resumed if a faltering truce were extended to the city of Aleppo, something the Russian foreign minister said he hoped would be announced within hours.

Clashes near Damascus despite truce there, five killed in Aleppo 03 May 2016

BEIRUT Fighting erupted east of Damascus on overnight Tuesday despite a temporary truce announced by the Syrian army in that area, a war monitor said, and rebel group Jaish al-Islam said it had lost ground to the government there.


Kerry aims to extend truce to Syria's Aleppo as ceasefire unravels 02 May 2016

AMMAN/GENEVA Washington and Moscow said on Monday they were working hard to extend a truce in Syria to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has left a ceasefire in tatters and torpedoed peace talks. | Video


UK's Hammond says new initiative needed for Syria talks 02 May 2016

MEXICO CITY British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday he was deeply concerned about the state of the ceasefire in Syria and that a new initiative was needed to keep dialogue alive, after a sharp escalation of violence in the city of Aleppo.

One person killed by rocket fire in Turkey's Kilis - source 02 May 2016

ANKARA One person was killed and some were wounded when two rockets fired from Islamic State-controlled Syria landed near a school and in a street in the Turkish border town of Kilis on Monday, a security source said.

Prisoners revolt in Syria's Hama jail, seize guards - Syrian Observatory 02 May 2016

BEIRUT Syrian government troops surrounded Hama prison in the west of the country on Monday and fired tear gas after inmates revolted, seizing several guards, a monitoring group reported.

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Kerry "hopeful" of extending truce to Syria's Aleppo

Despite several days of deadly attacks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful that he and other parties can extend a truce to the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).