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France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

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PARIS France's foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signalling there may be no fundamental change to Paris' approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron.

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Syrian rebels leave last opposition district in Homs 12:14pm BST

HOMS, Syria/BEIRUT Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Sunday, completing a deal that brought the whole city back under President Bashar al-Assad's control for the first time since the start of the war. | Video

Bomb attack on Syrian Islamist rebel group kills 20 - Observatory 21 May 2017

BEIRUT A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed more than 20 Syrian insurgents at a headquarters for the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

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Syrian rebels begin to leave last opposition-held Homs district 20 May 2017

HOMS, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian rebels started leaving the last opposition-held district of Homs city on Saturday in the final phase of an evacuation deal that will bring an early centre of the uprising back under government control in the conflict's seventh year.

U.S. says Iranian-directed convoy targeted by U.S. strike in Syria 20 May 2017

WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it believed forces in a convoy targeted by U.S. military aircraft in southern Syria on Thursday were Iranian-directed, in a possible sign of increased tension between Washington and Tehran in the Syrian war.

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European migration crisis gets super-power treatment in Cannes 19 May 2017

CANNES, France A Syrian refugee is gunned down by border police but instead of dying he finds he can fly, in "Jupiter's Moon", a film about the European migration crisis that baffled audiences at the Cannes Film Festival. | Video

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U.N. sees 'incremental progress' after Syria talks 19 May 2017

GENEVA U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura ended four days of Syria talks on Friday, saying there had been "incremental progress" and he planned to reconvene negotiations in June.

U.S. air strike in Syria hit 'military point', caused deaths - Syrian military source on state media 19 May 2017

BEIRUT A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that a U.S. air strike against a Damascus-backed militia the day before hit "one of our military points", without elaborating, state media outlets reported.

Syria calls U.S. air strike "terrorism", Russia says 'unacceptable' 19 May 2017

GENEVA/MOSCOW A U.S. military strike in Syria on Thursday was "government terrorism" and caused a massacre, Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari said on Friday, while Russia called it an unacceptable breach of Syrian sovereignty.

Islamic State kills villagers as fighting with Syrian army rages near Hama 18 May 2017

BEIRUT Islamic State attacked villages near the only useable road that links the government-controlled cities of Aleppo and Homs on Thursday, killing many residents, Syrian state media and a Britain-based war monitoring group said.

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Assad regains control of Homs for first time since start of war

Hundreds of Syrian rebels leave last opposition-held district of Homs, bringing control of the city back under President Assad for the first time since the outbreak of war. Rough cut (no reporter narration).