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Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria in New York: Moscow MOSCOW: Russia and the United States discussed the Syrian conflict in New York, hours after clashing over the issue at the United Nations, the Russian foreign ministry said Thursday.US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talked first by telephone "at the initiative of the Americans", the ministry said in a message on Facebook.The diplomats then met, accompanied by their delegations, "to continue discussing the problem of a settlement (of the conflict) in Syria."Russia and the United States negotiated the latest ceasefire plan, but Syria ended the truce on Monday following an apparently accidental US-led coalition strike on Syrian soldiers.Shortly after the truce ended, a UN aid convoy was hit, killing 20 humanitarian workers and destroying 18 trucks carrying food for desperate civilians in Aleppo province.On Wednesday, an angry Kerry demanded at a UN Security Council meeting that Russia force Syria to ground its air force, ...

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Dozens of air strikes in Syria's Aleppo ALEPPO: Dozens of air strikes battered Aleppo and its outskirts overnight, AFP's correspondent in the battleground northern Syrian city said Wednesday.More than 100 explosions were heard between midnight and the early hours of Tuesday as warplanes flew overheard.The barrage of strikes quieted after rain broke over the city around dawn.It was not immediately clear who was behind the raids or how many casualties they had caused. Both Syrian military aircraft and allied Russian warplanes are ...

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Air strikes hit aid trucks near Aleppo, kill 12 BEIRUT: Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo late on Monday after a week-long ceasefire ended, killing 12 people, including Red Crescent workers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and opposition activists said. The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment about the attack in a rebel-held area west of Aleppo near the town of Urm al-Kubra. An opposition activist who witnessed the attack said at least eight vehicles were destroyed ...

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Air strikes hit aid trucks near Aleppo BEIRUT: Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo late on Monday after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. It said the trucks had made a routine aid delivery organised by an international organisation to an area west of Aleppo city, and had been hit near the town of Urm al-Kubra. The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment. A local resident told Reuters by phone ...

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Saudi hospital staff strike over unpaid wages RIYADH: Staff at a hospital in eastern Saudi Arabia have gone on strike over unpaid wages, workers said Monday, in the kingdom's latest case of corporate financial difficulties."We are on strike," a nurse at Saad Specialist Hospital in the Gulf coast city of Al-Khobar told AFP by telephone."We didn't receive any salary for three-and-a-half months," she said, unwilling to be identified out of fear of being fired.She said the hospital is part of Saad Group, ...

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Syria truce to end Monday evening: senior military source DAMASCUS: The Syria truce deal brokered by the United States and Russia is set to expire Monday evening at 7:00pm (1600 GMT), a senior military source in Damascus told AFP."The Syrian army had announced a freeze on fighting until Sunday night, but as Russia announced an extension, it will end on Monday at 7:00pm (1600 GMT)," the source told AFP."We do not know if the truce will be extended again," he added. The ceasefire deal ...

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Syria truce ‘will not hold out’ says senior rebel source BEIRUT: 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 the result of an agreement between Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with air power, and the United States, which supports some rebel groups, and has cooled fighting since coming into effect last Monday.On Friday, Washington and Moscow agreed ...