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Syria talks stalled as army advances against rebels

A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

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Stage set for Syria peace talks in Geneva

A delegation from Syria's main opposition group arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join UN-mediated peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad's government be made to comply with a UN resolution on humanitarian aid and human rights.

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Saudi, Iran officials clash over Syria at Davos

Senior Saudi and Iranian figures clashed behind closed doors at a private meeting convened by the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to try to promote peace in Syria, participants said. The barbed exchange between Saudi Princ

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Russia 'open to Assad's ouster after Syria transition'

Russia has made clear to Western nations that it has no objection to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepping down as part of a peace process, in a softening of its publicly stated staunch backing of Assad ahead of talks in New York, diplomats

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British bombing in Syria will fail: Assad

British air strikes on Islamic State will fail to defeat the militant group, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, mocking Prime Minister David Cameron's strategy in the region.

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Saudi backs deal to make Assad ally Lebanon's president

Saudi Arabia has lent its backing to a power-sharing plan that would make a family friend of Syria's Bashar al-Assad president of Lebanon, saying it hoped it would happen within weeks. The proposal tabled by Sunni politician S

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Bahraini group ‘among militias backing Assad’

A Bahraini group is allegedly among 30 Shi’ite militias supporting the regime of President Bashar Al Assad in Syria, according to reports. UK-based news website Middle East Eye lists Saraya Al Mukhtar (The Chosen Brigades) among Shi&rsqu

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Assad, Iranian forces must quit Syria, says Saudi

Russia and Iran must agree to a date and means for Syria's President Bashar Al Assad to quit the country, and agree to withdraw all foreign forces from Syria, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with Sky N

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US, Saudi to bolster support for Syrian opposition

The US and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria's moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict, the US State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday.

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Shipping traffic to Syria surges to year-high

More than 100 cargo vessels have reached Syria in the past few weeks, in the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year as Russia steps up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad. The ships have arrived directly from Russi

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