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Syrian rebels have killed 76 pro-regime fighters since Sunday, human rights group says attack among deadliest

Feb 13, 2016

Syrian rebels have killed 76 pro-regime fighters since Sunday, human rights group says attack among deadliest

An ambush by Syrian rebels on pro-regime forces near Damascus this week killed 76 fighters, a monitor said Saturday, in one of the deadliest attacks of its kind since the conflict began. #Syria #NewsTracker #Damascus #Syrian rebels #Pro-regime fighters
Pope Francis in Mexico: Mending fences with Russian patriach Kirill and spreading the faith

Feb 13, 2016

Pope Francis in Mexico: Mending fences with Russian patriach Kirill and spreading the faith

Pope Francis arrived in Mexico on Friday for a five day trip to pray for the troubled nation. He also met Russian Patriach Kirill to mend a 1,000-year-old rift. #India #Syria #Islam #France #Middle East #NewsTracker #Rome #Mexico #Pope Francis #Russian Patriach Kirill
After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba | Reuters

HAVANA Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. "In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated," they said in a joint declaration in apparent reference to violence by militant groups such as Islamic State. #India #Syria #Islam #France #Middle East #Italy #Mexico
Iran says ready to put rivalries aside with Saudi Arabia | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Iran says ready to put rivalries aside with Saudi Arabia | Reuters

MUNICH Iran and Saudi Arabia must overcome strained relations and work for stability in Syria and the Middle East, Iran's foreign minister said on Friday, a day after Syrian peace talks brought the rivals to the same table for the first time in months. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference hours after his Saudi counterpart addressed the event, Mohammed Javad Zarif said he wanted to stop the bickering and had a simple message: "We need to work together." "Iran and Saudi Arabia cannot exclude each other from the region," he said, referring to Riyadh as "our Saudi brothers". "We are prepared to work with Saudi Arabia ... #India #Business #Syria #Russia #Iran #Turkey #opinion
Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy' - U.N. | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy' - U.N. | Reuters

GENEVA The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. #Syria #parties #russian #editing #Munich
Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

Feb 13, 2016

Transcript of exclusive AFP interview with Syria's Assad

"If we talk about emotions, I belong to this people; and it is self-evident that I have the same feelings my people have. Any scene of suffering is painful to all of us as Syrians. But as an official, the question for me is less about emotions than about what I, as an official, should do, being responsible before my people." #Syria #Russia #TheySaidIt #Ceasefire #Assad #Coalition
Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on | Reuters

Feb 12, 2016

Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on | Reuters

MUNICH/AMMAN Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country. Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the "cessation of hostilities" agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad's government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power. If implemented, the deal hammered out at five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns #Syria #Islam #France #Turkey #crisis
Islamic State can only be defeated if Assad goes - Saudi minister | Reuters

Feb 12, 2016

Islamic State can only be defeated if Assad goes - Saudi minister | Reuters

MUNICH Islamic State militants will only be defeated if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and this goal will ultimately be achieved, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia said on Friday. Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Adel al-Jubeir called Assad the "single most effective magnet for extremists and terrorists in the region" and said his removal was crucial for restoring stability. "That's our objective and we will achieve it," he said. #Syria #Europe #markets #Turkey #crisis #opinion #article
Bashar al-Assad dismisses war crimes allegations, says will take control of Syria 'without any hesitation'

Feb 12, 2016

Bashar al-Assad dismisses war crimes allegations, says will take control of Syria 'without any hesitation'

Speaking at his office in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad said he supported peace talks, but negotiations do "not mean that we stop fighting terrorism". #Syria #Europe #UN #TheySaidIt #Damascus #Turkey #Bashar al-Assad #Saudi Arabia #Aleppo #islamic-state
Cessation of hostilities only possible if nations keep diplomatic truce, says Russian PM

Feb 12, 2016

Cessation of hostilities only possible if nations keep diplomatic truce, says Russian PM

Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. #Syria #NewsTracker #Russia #UN #Sergey Lavrov #John Kerry