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As Syrian couples say 'I do,' Lebanon says 'No, not quite'

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BEKAA, Lebanon In a tent in Lebanon surrounded by snow, Syrian refugees Ammar and Khadija were married by a tribal leader from their homeland in a wedding they would soon come to regret.

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Russia to help Syria rebuild energy facilities - Russian Deputy PM 1:19pm GMT

МOSCOW Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday, after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, the RIA news agency reported.

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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war 17 Dec 2017

BEIRUT With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favour, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilises the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

France says Syria's Assad not looking for peace, committing mass crimes 15 Dec 2017

PARIS France on Friday accused Syria of doing nothing to reach a peace agreement after almost seven years of war and said it was "committing mass crimes" in the Eastern Ghouta region where 400,000 people are besieged by government forces.

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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war 15 Dec 2017

BEIRUT With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favour, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilises the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

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Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy 15 Dec 2017

MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

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Defiant Syrian envoy blames West, Saudis and U.N. as peace talks end 14 Dec 2017

GENEVA Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari accused its opposition, backed by Western countries and Saudi Arabia, of sabotaging a round of U.N.-led peace talks that ended in Geneva on Thursday without any results.

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U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas 14 Dec 2017

GENEVA A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad's government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

U.S. jets fire flares to warn Russian jets in Syria 14 Dec 2017

WASHINGTON Two U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on Wednesday after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the U.S. military said.

More than 20 Islamic State militants killed in Syria: U.S.-led coalition 14 Dec 2017

WASHINGTON/AMMAN A Pentagon-backed rebel group and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and detained a number of militants in the southern Syrian desert near a base, the coalition said on Thursday.

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Russian troops return home from Syria

A battalion of Russian military police return home to Russia after President Putin announces a "significant part" of the country's troops will start pulling out of Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).