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Air strikes killed 22 children on Syrian school: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Wednesday. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime,” said UNICEF director …

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Two rounds of Syria talks set for weekend

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Despite repeated setbacks on the path to peace in war-wracked Syria, world and regional powers will give diplomacy another chance in weekend talks in Europe, organized by the US and Russia, to try to secure a ceasefire that sticks. Washington and Moscow, …

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‘We are in hell’: young girl’s plea to world

As world leaders continued to debate the future of Syria, and war planes continue to bomb the war-torn country, a young girl has taken to social media with pleas to the world about the horrors she faces in Aleppo. Seven-year-old Bana Alabed – who has …

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US, Russia fail to reach Syria deal

HANGZHOU (AFP) – Top diplomats from the United States and Russia on Monday failed to reach a deal to ease fighting in Syria, US officials said, after government troops encircled rebel-held parts of Aleppo. A senior State Department official said a fresh round of crisis …

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Russia, US reduce areas of misunderstanding on Syria

GENEVA- UNS -Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the marathon talks with US State Secretary Kerry in Geneva helped to reduce mutual levels of misunderstanding. Both countries will boost their cooperation on Syria, including on the military level, he said. “We have agreed on concrete …

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Russia launches Syria airstrikes from Iranian base

MOSCOW-UNS- Russians warplanes have conducted missions over Syria from an airbase in Iran — the first time a major power has done so since the Islamic Revolution there in 1979. Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from Hamedan airbase in western Iran …

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London schoolgirl who flew to Syria to join IS ‘feared dead’

LONDON -UNS : One of three schoolgirls who left London last year to join Islamic State (IS) is believed to have been killed in a Russian air strike in Syria, BBC said in a report citing the girl’s family solicitor. Kadiza Sultana was 16 when …

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Syrian children hold Pokemon pictures to depict their plight

BEIRUT -uns : A sad-eyed Pikachu Pokemon Go character sits amidst the rubble on a Syrian street, while a Charizard dragon from the smash hit game is perched alongside gun-toting jihadists. The striking montages are the work of Syrian Khaled Akil, who is one of …

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US-led strikes kill 56 civilians in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT (AFP) – Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said. The civilians had apparently been mistaken for militants and were bombed while fleeing …

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Qatar convicts Dutch woman held ‘after being raped’

UNS/BBC- A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped. The 22-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and fined $824 (£580). She will also be deported. Her lawyer said her drink had been …

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