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Many Islamic State leaders trying to flee to Syria - Iraqi minister

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BAGHDAD Many Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families towards Syria ahead of a planned offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq's defence minister said on Saturday.

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Scores of families leave besieged Aleppo under Russia - Damascus plan 9:54pm BST

BEIRUT More than 150 civilians, mostly women and children, left besieged eastern parts of Aleppo through a safety zone that Moscow and its Syrian ally say they have set up to evacuate people trapped in opposition-held areas. | Video

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U.S. worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be 'ruse' 4:30am BST

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington. | Video

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French church attacker - from troubled childhood to altar killer 29 Jul 2016

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France Adel Kermiche was an attention-seeking child whose behavioural problems frequently led him to a psychiatric hospital and later a specialist school. He died a coldblooded killer who slit the throat of an elderly French priest in the name of Islamic State.

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U.N. says Russian aid plan for Syria's Aleppo needs improving 29 Jul 2016

GENEVA Russia needs to improve its plans to help 300,000 civilians beseiged in the Syrian city of Aleppo and should consider letting the United Nations take over parts of the aid operation, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.

Kerry sees risk to U.S.-Russia cooperation from Aleppo operation 29 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON If Russia's planned humanitarian operation for Aleppo is a ruse, it risks disrupting U.S.-Russian efforts to achieve a political solution to end the five-year Syrian civil war, the United States said on Friday.

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France detains Syrian refugee as church attack investigation widens 29 Jul 2016

PARIS French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, two sources said on Friday, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists.

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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo 29 Jul 2016

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians.

Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria suffers major setbacks 29 Jul 2016

GENEVA/WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to elicit Russian military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria suffered two potentially crippling blows on Thursday.First, the Syrian army said it had cut off all supply routes into the eastern part of the city of Aleppo - Syria's most important opposition stronghold - and President Bashar al-Assad's government asked residents to leave the city.

Air strikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military 28 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON Six U.S. air strikes against al Qaeda and Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria killed 14 civilians and injured another between July 28 last year and April 29 this year, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

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Residents flee Aleppo as air strikes pound Idlib and Rastan

A "safe corridor" promised by Moscow and Damascus is giving residents of Aleppo a chance to flee while air strikes pound rebel-held areas of Idlib and Rastan. Nathan Frandino reports.