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Islamic State-claimed blast kills 45 amid shaky start to Syria talks
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Islamic State-claimed blast kills 45 amid shaky start to Syria talks

A triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks.

John Kerry calls for common ground with Russia on Syria and Ukraine
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John Kerry calls for common ground with Russia on Syria and Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called for the United States and Russia to find "common ground" on contentious differences over ending Syria's civil war and restoring stability in eastern Ukraine

Syria: UN envoy to brief Security Council on 'freeze' plan
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Syria: UN envoy to brief Security Council on 'freeze' plan

The UN's special envoy for Syria is briefing the Security Council on Tuesday after angering Syrian opposition leaders last week with his comments that President Bashar Assad remains part of the solution in reducing violence in the nearly four-year conflict.

Hezbollah supporters bury prominent member killed in an airstrike in Syria
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Hezbollah supporters bury prominent member killed in an airstrike in Syria

Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched on Monday behind the yellow-draped coffin of one of its most prominent fighters.

Violence in Syria raises questions over viability of UN peacekeeping in Golan
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Violence in Syria raises questions over viability of UN peacekeeping in Golan

As Syria continues to disintegrate, the odds of Israel giving up the Golan — never a popular prospect among Israelis — appear to be dimming by the day.

Bashar Assad sworn in as President of Syria for the 3rd time
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Bashar Assad sworn in as President of Syria for the 3rd time

Proclaiming the Syrian people winners in a "dirty war" waged by outsiders, President Bashar Assad was sworn in on Wednesday, marking the start of his third seven-year term in office amid a bloody civil war that has ravaged the Arab country.

Clashes erupt across Syria ahead of peace talks
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Clashes erupt across Syria ahead of peace talks

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes Wednesday between government forces and opposition fighters in the suburbs of Damascus, Daraa in the south, Idlib and Aleppo in the north and the central province of Homs.

First batch of chemical weapons have left Syrian port, says UN
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First batch of chemical weapons have left Syrian port, says UN

The first batch of Syrian poison gas precursor chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship and taken out of the war-torn country Tuesday — a week later than initially planned, the United Nations announced.

Narendra Modi competes with Miley Cyrus for Time 'Person of the Year'
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Narendra Modi competes with Miley Cyrus for Time 'Person of the Year'

BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is among Time magazine's shortlisted candidates for its 'Person of the Year' title and has emerged as an early favourite among the readers in an online poll.

Suicide bombings kill 23 in Beirut: Why was the Iran embassy attacked?
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Suicide bombings kill 23 in Beirut: Why was the Iran embassy attacked?

A pair of suicide bombers targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing some two dozen people and leaving corpses, puddles of blood and burning cars strewn across an upscale, Shiite-dominated neighborhood of the capital.

Iran-US failure to reach deal could lead to war in Middle East, says Hezbollah leader
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Iran-US failure to reach deal could lead to war in Middle East, says Hezbollah leader

Talks between Iran and six world powers — the US, France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and Germany — ended over the weekend without an agreement on a preliminary deal that would have set the stage for broader talks.

As a rebuke, Pentagon ends purchases of Russian-made helicopters
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As a rebuke, Pentagon ends purchases of Russian-made helicopters

The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces with arms and ammunition.

Syrian forces retake Christian town after week-long clashes with al-Qaeda
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Syrian forces retake Christian town after week-long clashes with al-Qaeda

Syrian government forces retook a Christian town north of Damascus on Monday after a week of fierce clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it, state media said

US, Russia pleased with destruction of Syria chemical weapons: Kerry
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US, Russia pleased with destruction of Syria chemical weapons: Kerry

Kerry, speaking at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime deserves credit for its compliance with the UN Security Council resolution calling for the elimination of the weapons

Syria: Kerry set to ensure Russian takeover of chemical weapons
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Syria: Kerry set to ensure Russian takeover of chemical weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to ensure that a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons will be intrusive and enforceable enough to bolster a new diplomatic initiative to hold Syria to account for using the banned arms.

Syria crisis: Assad will repeat gas attacks if not punished, says UK
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Syria crisis: Assad will repeat gas attacks if not punished, says UK

Britain's leader said Thursday it was legal and just to launch a military strike against Syria even without authorization from the United Nations Security Council, arguing that Syria could repeat its alleged use of poison gas if the international community failed to act.

Syria: French military forces ready for operation, says government official
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Syria: French military forces ready for operation, says government official

The United States, France and Britain are believed to be preparing possible military action against Assad's regime after an apparent poison gas attack in Syria on Aug. 21. U.N. experts are currently in Syria investigating the attack.

May use military force to protect civilians in Syria: UK to tell UN
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May use military force to protect civilians in Syria: UK to tell UN

Britain says it will put forward a resolution on Wednesday to the UN Security Council condemning the Syrian government for the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds of civilians.

Syria crisis: Give peace, diplomacy a chance, says Ban Ki-moon
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Syria crisis: Give peace, diplomacy a chance, says Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict, even as world powers appear to be moving toward punitive military strikes against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Beyond Snowden: What else frustrates US about Russia
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Beyond Snowden: What else frustrates US about Russia

Over and again as they try to patch up troubled relations, Obama administration officials end up reaching for that word that doleful parents use to scold a wayward teenager.