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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.