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Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo | Reuters

BEIRUT Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege. Iran reported one of its generals had been killed on the front line, giving direct confirmation of the role Tehran is playing along with Moscow in what appears to be one of the most determined offensives in five years of civil war. The government assault around Aleppo, and advances in the south and northwest, helped to torpedo Geneva peace talks this week #India #Europe #Iran #Qatar #Turkey #Iraq #Jordan
Saudi says ready to take part in any U.S.-led ground operations in Syria | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Saudi says ready to take part in any U.S.-led ground operations in Syria | Reuters

DUBAI Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the U.S.-led alliance decides to start such operations, an adviser to the Saudi defence minister said. "The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, who is also the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV in an interview #India #Business #Australia #Europe #Turkey #opinion
Billions pledged for Syria as tens of thousands flee bombardments | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Billions pledged for Syria as tens of thousands flee bombardments | Reuters

LONDON Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give $11 billion in aid to Syrians by 2020 as world leaders tried to tackle the world's worst humanitarian crisis, while Turkey reported a new exodus of tens of thousands fleeing air strikes. With Syria's five-year-old civil war raging and another attempt at peace negotiations called off in Geneva after just a few days, a donor conference in London sought to address the needs of some 6 million people displaced within Syria and more than 4 million refugees in other countries #Syria #Australia #Middle East #Turkey #crisis #Jordan
Turkish parties hold first meeting to draft new constitution

Feb 04, 2016

Turkish parties hold first meeting to draft new constitution

A Turkish parliamentary commission is meeting in a fresh push to draft a new constitution that would replace the current charter which is a legacy of the 1980 military coup. #Turkey #Tayyip Erdogan #Turkish parliamentary commission #Constitutional Consensus Commission
U.N. envoy calls for avoiding collapse of Syria talks | Reuters

Feb 03, 2016

U.N. envoy calls for avoiding collapse of Syria talks | Reuters

GENEVA A complete failure of the Syria peace talks is "always possible", but all efforts must be made to resolve the devastating conflict, the U.N. Special Envoy said on Tuesday. Staffan de Mistura, in an interview with Swiss television RTS, said that he would meet "different delegations" on Wednesday, without naming them, and that Russia and the United States both had an interest in resolving the five-year conflict. #Russia #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis #Jordan
NATO chief urges Russia not to violate NATO airspace again | Reuters

Jan 31, 2016

NATO chief urges Russia not to violate NATO airspace again | Reuters

BRUSSELS NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Saturday to "take all necessary measures" to ensure NATO airspace was not violated again, after Turkey said a Russian warplane had entered its airspace on Friday despite radar warnings. "A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday, despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is," Stoltenberg said in a statement. #India #Technology #markets #Turkey #Latin America #Entertainment
More than 30 dead after migrant boat sinks off Turkey | Reuters

Jan 30, 2016

More than 30 dead after migrant boat sinks off Turkey | Reuters

ANKARA At least 33 people drowned and 75 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast, a local mayor and Turkish news agency Dogan reported on Saturday. The Turkish coast guard was continuing search and rescue efforts where the boat sank off the coast of Ayvacik, a town across from the Greek island of Lesvos. It was not immediately clear how many migrants had been on board. #Business #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #Latin America #Entertainment
Ten dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast | Reuters

Jan 30, 2016

Ten dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast | Reuters

ANKARA - Ten people drowned while 43 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast, Turkish news agency Dogan reported on Saturday. More than one million refugees and migrants arrived by land and sea in the European Union last year and some 3,600 died or went missing. #United States #Business #Syria #Middle East #Europe #Turkey
Mediterranean deaths soar as people-smugglers get crueller  - IOM | Reuters

Jan 29, 2016

Mediterranean deaths soar as people-smugglers get crueller - IOM | Reuters

GENEVA More people died crossing the eastern Mediterranean in January than in the first eight months of last year, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday, blaming increased ruthlessness by people-traffickers. As of Jan #Business #Syria #Middle East #Turkey #article
We cannot fail: UN insists on holding Syria peace talks despite uncertainty over key players' participation

Jan 29, 2016

We cannot fail: UN insists on holding Syria peace talks despite uncertainty over key players' participation

Syria peace talks, backed by all the external powers embroiled in the war, are the biggest push yet to end a conflict that has killed more than 260,000. #Syria #NewsTracker #Russia #UN #Switzerland #Iran #Turkey #Saudi Arabia #peace talks #kurdish #islamic-state #High negotiations committee #HNC