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The UN Security Council delayed a vote on demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to Saturday at noon (1700 GMT) after hours of negotiations failed to yield agreement with Russia.

UN chief warns parties involved in evacuating civilians that forced displacement is only permissible for guaranteeing safety or 'for imperative military necessity'.

Qataris kidnapped in Iraq speak of joy at release

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Qataris kidnapped in Iraq speak of joy at release

Two Qatari hunters who endured a 16-month hostage ordeal in Iraq spoke on Sunday of their joy at being released, in the first public comments since the group were freed.

Rebels condemn deadly bomb attack on Syria 'pro-government' evacuees

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Rebels condemn deadly bomb attack on Syria 'pro-government' evacuees

Ahrar al-Sham condemn the attack that targeted civilians from pro-government villages as 'cowardly', denying any involvement, as death toll ...

Dozens killed in Syria evacuation bus explosion, evacuees stranded Dozens killed in Syria evacuation bus explosion, evacuees stranded

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Dozens killed in Syria evacuation bus explosion, evacuees stranded

An explosion has hit Syria bus convoy waiting to evacuate militants and residents from two Shia villages, killing and injuring dozens in the ...

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Explosion hits Syria bus convoy as evacuation deal halts

An explosion has hit Syria bus convoy waiting to evacuate militants and residents from two Shia villages, killing and injuring dozens in the Rashidin area west of Aleppo.

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Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

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Syrian regime depopulates rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

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Besieged Syrian towns evacuated as huge population swap begins

Dozens of buses arrive in four besieged Syrian towns to begin an evacuation deal which will see tens of thousands of people moved.

Syrian rebels, regime swap hostages ahead of more evacuations

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Syrian rebels, regime swap hostages ahead of more evacuations

Syrian rebel groups exchanged prisoners with regime forces on Wednesday ahead of planned evacuations of pro-regime towns Foua and ...

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Third phase of evacuations begin in Syria's Homs

Around 170 fighters and their families left the besieged al-Waer district on Saturday as part of an evacuation deal between the Syrian regime ...

Syrians trapped in besieged areas 'face horrific threat'

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Syrians trapped in besieged areas 'face horrific threat'

Military operations in populated towns and villages in Hama, Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo, Daraa, Raqqa and Deir Az-Zour governorates 'have killed ...

Deadly Russian airstrikes target Idlib marketplace despite Syria ceasefire

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Deadly Russian airstrikes target Idlib marketplace despite Syria ceasefire

Syrian regime-aligned Russian fighter jets bombed rebel-held towns in Idlib province on Saturday, killing several civilians despite a nationwide ...

War-weary residents return to battered streets of Aleppo

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War-weary residents return to battered streets of Aleppo

Braving harsh winter conditions and the prospect that former abodes have been destroyed residents have begun to return to former rebel-held ...

UN: summary executions, enforced disappearances in Aleppo

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UN: summary executions, enforced disappearances in Aleppo

The UN's Commission of Inquiry for Syria (COI) said Wednesday it received reports of summary executions by regime forces as well as the use of ...

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New deal reached to evacuate civilians, rebels from Aleppo

A new deal was reached for a ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters trapped in east Aleppo, a rebel spokesman said Wednesday night.

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Iran blocks Aleppo evacuation deal to add 'new conditions'

Iran has blocked a Russian-Turkish deal in Aleppo to evacuate injured civilians because it wants to add "new conditions" to the agreement.

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Syria humanitarian work 'constrained by sectarianism', says Red Cross

Interview: The Red Cross' Middle East director has said that the warring sides in Syria's civil war have politicised humanitarian work, imposing ...

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Syrian regime 'blocked most aid convoys scheduled for September'

Only six Syrian government-approved aid convoys carrying desperately needed food and medical supplies have reached their destination in ...

Aleppo: Syrian rebels okay 48-hour truce 'if implemented nationwide'

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Aleppo: Syrian rebels okay 48-hour truce 'if implemented nationwide'

Syrian rebels have agreed conditionally to a 48-hour truce being put forward by UN for the northern city of Aleppo, hours after Russia said it ...

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Multiple airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib kill 23 civilians

At least 23 civilians including five children have been killed in overnight airstrikes on the rebel stronghold of Idlib, northwest Syria, the ...

Hundreds evacuated from besieged Syrian towns Hundreds evacuated from besieged Syrian towns

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Hundreds evacuated from besieged Syrian towns

Around 500 Syrians were evacuated on Wednesday from the besieged towns of Zabadani and Madaya, and government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, as ...

New aid reaches besieged towns of Madaya and Zabadani

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New aid reaches besieged towns of Madaya and Zabadani

Aid deliveries on Monday reached four besieged Syrian towns according to the UN, which has announced plans to deliver more of the desperately ...

Syrian government ready to attend peace talks in Geneva

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Syrian government ready to attend peace talks in Geneva

Bashar al-Assad's government announced on Saturday it is ready to attend peace talks later this month with the opposition in Geneva.

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