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Islamist rebels capture army base in Syria's Idlib province

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AMMAN - A coalition of Islamist rebels seized an army base in northwestern Syria at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives into the compound and blew it up.

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Insight - Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt 27 Apr 2015

REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders say the proxy army could spark opposition infighting. | Video

Yemen, Syria, defence deals top agenda as Erdogan heads for Kuwait 27 Apr 2015

ANKARA - The crises in Yemen and Syria as well as defence and construction deals will top the agenda when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets Kuwait's emir this week, the latest sign of Turkish efforts to strengthen ties with Gulf Arab states.

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Insight - Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt 27 Apr 2015

REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders say the proxy army could spark opposition infighting.

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Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town - monitor 26 Apr 2015

BEIRUT - Syrian jets killed at least 34 people in air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing in on government-held territory by the coast.

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Syria's former spy chief dies in unclear circumstances - source 25 Apr 2015

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported.

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U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May 25 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.

U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help 25 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations aid chief on Friday urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees. | Video

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U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May 24 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.

U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help 24 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council on Friday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees.

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Plan to train Syrian rebels mired in doubt

The much-touted plan to train and equip rebels to fight Islamic State in Syria is in trouble, with doubts about the mission and fears the force being assembled is far too small.