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Putin met with Syrian regime head Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on Monday ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in Syria.

Senior Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab quit his post as the head of the HNC on Monday, just a week before a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

Civilians killed in regime bombing of besieged Damascus suburb

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Civilians killed in regime bombing of besieged Damascus suburb

Syrian regime forces have continued bombardment of a besieged Damascus suburb, killing more civilians on the sixth consecutive day of heavy bombing - and prompting a UN warning.

Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

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Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

Syria regime forces and allied militias have recaptured Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

Israel fires 'warning shot' into Syria over border construction

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Israel fires 'warning shot' into Syria over border construction

Israel's military claims that Syria's army has violated the 1974 Golan Heights ceasefire agreement by using heavy tools on construction sites in ...

Khaled Khoja

Syria's revolution: Between negotiations and being a bargaining chip

Syria's revolution has been hijacked by world powers. It has undermined the standing of the opposition but not the will of the people, writes Syrian National Coaltion President Khaled Khoja.

Mona Alami

After IS, a new tug-of-war in Lebanon and Iraq

Comment: In Lebanon and Iraq, non state actors loyal to Iran are impossible to dismantle in the absence of a regional agreement, writes Mona ...

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Erdogan says Kurd-held Afrin must be cleared of 'terrorists'

Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

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Putin to host Iran, Turkey leaders for Syria talks

Russian President Putin is to host the leaders of Turkey and Iran in the first such three-way summit between the trio to reach a solution to ...

The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

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The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

This week in Iraq: Kurdish leadership decries ‘treasonous elements’ over Kirkuk loss; Militias become more politically assertive and fears grow ...

James Snell

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

Comment: World leaders have ample evidence that Assad's regime and its allies are besieging civilian populations. They must fight back with more ...

Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

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Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

Air strikes bombarded an aid warehouse in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on Wednesday, days after the first delivery of food and medicine to the area in ...

Israel fears Syria buffer puts Iran close to frontier

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Israel fears Syria buffer puts Iran close to frontier

The official map included in a preliminary agreement that seeks to establish buffer zones in southwest Syria indicates that Iran-backed forces ...

Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

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Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

Syrian Kurdish officials on Wednesday voiced support for a long-term US role in Syria once IS has been defeated.

Islamic State - the best of enemies?

James Denselow

Islamic State - the best of enemies?

Comment: The collapsing 'caliphate' has exposed the significant differences between American and Russian visions for Syria, writes James ...

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah, writes Sam Hamad.

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Russia blamed for horrific Syria market bombing

Russia has been blamed for air raids on a busy Syrian market in a rebel town on Monday that left at least 61 people dead.

Monique Bouffé

Lebanese Judge elected to International Court of Justice

Analysis: The election of Lebanon's UN ambassador to the International Court of Justice, while the UK's ambassador didn't pass, possibly ...

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Heavy bombing wreaks havoc on Aleppo despite 'de-escalation zone'

Dozens of Syrian civilians, including 20 children, were killed on Monday in airstrikes on the northern province of Aleppo despite a ...

IS recaptures 'last stronghold' in Syria from regime, Hizballah

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IS recaptures 'last stronghold' in Syria from regime, Hizballah

IS fighters have retaken the town of Albukamal in eastern Syria from Assad regime troops and allied Iranian-backed militias, which ...

Kareem Chehayeb

New Lebanese law against torture draws ambivalent reaction

In-depth: Lebanon's new law on the prohibition of torture falls short of what's needed, writes Kareem Chehayeb.

Cough twice if you're kidnapped: Hariri says will return

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Cough twice if you're kidnapped: Hariri says will return

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia 'within days' to seek a settlement with ...

Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syrian capital

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Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syrian capital

Twenty-four trucks full of humanitarian relief arrived in Douma in a joint operation between the United Nations and the International Committee ...

Israel downs Russian-made Syrian drone in occupied Golan Heights

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Israel downs Russian-made Syrian drone in occupied Golan Heights

Israel's army shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday.

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