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Iran Guards ready to help rebuild Syria, Hezbollah will not disarm - TV

ANKARA Iran's Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting "ceasefire" there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday.

Iraq launches operation to clear desert near Syria of Islamic State 10:08am GMT

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to clear the desert bordering Syria of Islamic State in a final push to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said.

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Besieged Syrians eating trash, fainting from hunger - U.N. survey 22 Nov 2017

GENEVA Syrians in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta are so short of food that they are eating trash, fainting from hunger and forcing their children to eat on alternate days, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a report on Wednesday.

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Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push 22 Nov 2017

SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH Russia's Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress, taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow's ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

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Mladic verdict carries message for Syria and beyond - UN's Zeid 22 Nov 2017

GENEVA The conviction of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and crimes against humanity serves as a warning to others such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations' human rights chief said on Wednesday.

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Russia-hosted summit could be decisive for Syria peace - Erdogan 22 Nov 2017

SOCHI, Russia A three-way summit on Wednesday between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey could produce decisive steps towards ending the bloodshed in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said at the start of their talks.

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Russia's Putin hosts Assad in fresh drive for Syria peace deal 22 Nov 2017

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for three hours of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end Syria's conflict now that Islamic State's territory is overrun.

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Putin urges political solution in Syria, in calls to Trump, Mideast leaders 21 Nov 2017

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the civil war in Syria on Tuesday, with Putin stressing the importance of finding a political solution after meeting with Syria's president, according to the Kremlin.

Turkey has not seen data on fugitive Raqqa fighters, officials say 21 Nov 2017

ANKARA Turkey has not been given crucial data to help identify Islamic State militants who fled their former stronghold in Raqqa last month and may have slipped out of Syria to threaten Turkish or Western targets, Turkish officials said.

Russia says retreat of Syrian opposition figures good for peace 21 Nov 2017

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia said on Tuesday that the resignation of "radically minded" Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab would help unite the disparate opponents of President Bashar al-Assad around a more "realistic" platform.

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Russia casts 11th U.N. Syria veto, again blocking inquiry

Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.