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MH17 'shot down by rebels using Russian missile'

A Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile launched from a village held by rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces, international prosecutors said on Wednesday. The findings challen

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Colombia's rebels sign deal to end 52-year war

Colombia's FARC rebel group voted unanimously to approve a peace deal with the government on Friday, declaring an end to the five-decade war as it prepares to transition into a new political party. After four years of negotiat

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Syria truce will not hold out, warns rebel leader

Syria's ceasefire "will not hold out", a senior rebel official in Aleppo warned on Saturday, as air strikes and shelling continued in some places and promised aid deliveries failed to come through. The ceasefire is t

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US forces enter Syrian town, then withdraw

A small number of US forces entered the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Friday as part of operations to co-ordinate air strikes against Islamic State, a senior rebel source said. However, the five or six US milita

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Syrian jets bomb rebel bases hours after deal

The United States and Russia reached a breakthrough deal early on Saturday to try to restore peace in Syria, but air strikes hours later added to rebels' doubts that any ceasefire could hold. The agreement, by the powers that

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US, Russia reach breakthrough deal on Syria

The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria's peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of b

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Russia urges joint US air strikes on Syria rebels

Russia has proposed to the U.S.-led coalition that they stage joint air strikes on Syrian rebels, including militant Islamist group Nusra Front, who are not observing a ceasefire, but the US responded coolly on Friday. Such action

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For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shi'ite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Re

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Truce extended for 72 hours in Aleppo, Latakia

Russia's defence ministry said a "regime of calm" truce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and parts of Latakia province had been extended "for 72 hours beginning at 1 am on Saturday" (2200 GMT on Friday), Syrian state

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Rebels capture strategic village near Aleppo, 73 killed

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday reported that insurgent groups captured a strategically important village from government forces in fierce fighting south of Aleppo that killed 73 people. The insurgents, including

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