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Satellite images show Palmyra temple destroyed

Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the main building of a Roman-era temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. The ima

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Ceasefire breaks down in three areas in Syria

A ceasefire in a Syrian town near the Lebanese border and two villages to the north has broken down after renewed shelling, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Saturday.   The truce b

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UN chief sets out framework for Syria poison gas probe

Success of a new international inquiry aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapons attacks during Syria's four-year-old civil war will require full co-operation of all warring parties, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

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As diplomats meet on Syria, war moves into higher gear

A marked escalation in Syria's conflict including intensified fighting near Damascus this month could be a sign the warring sides are trying to strengthen their bargaining positions in case a flurry of diplomacy leads to negotiations.

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Ceasefire in Syrian town, villages extended

A ceasefire between the warring sides in a Syrian town and two villages has been extended until Sunday (August 16), sources on both sides said on Friday.   The ceasefire between rebels on one hand and the Syrian

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Russia, Saudi foreign ministers to talk energy markets, Syria

Saudi and Russian foreign ministers, Adel Al Jubeir and Sergei Lavrov, will meet in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss global energy markets and the Middle East crisis, including the war in Syria and the threat of Islamic State, Russia's foreign

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Syria's opposition due in Moscow next week

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition, long distrustful of Russia over its backing of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, is due to visit Moscow next week amid a renewed diplomatic push to settle the conflict, a source and Russian wi

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Coalition set to launch full-scale battle against IS

Turkey said on Wednesday a US-led coalition will soon launch a "comprehensive battle" against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty

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Syrian National Congress sought to solve crisis

Four leading Arab politicians and thought leaders have called for the convening of the second Syrian National Congress in a bid to solve the Syrian crisis. "This is the only way (out)," said Abdelelah Alkhatib, former fo

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Australian nurse charged with backing IS

An Australian nurse was charged with supporting the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria during a brief court appearance on Sunday, police said. The nurse, who has been identified as 39-year-old Adam Brookman, was arrest

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