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Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry DAMASCUS: An aid convoy was refused entry to Syria's Daraya Thursday, the Red Cross said, dashing hopes for the first such delivery since regime forces began a siege of the rebel-held town in 2012.Further north in the province of Idlib, unidentified aircraft carried out more than 60 raids targeting a military airport controlled by Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, killing 16 jihadists from Al-Nusra Front and allied fighters, a monitor said.A truce in Syria's battleground city Aleppo expired, meanwhile, with no new last-minute prolongation after it had been extended twice through last-minute intervention by Moscow and Washington. The five-truck convoy organised by the ICRC, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had been due to deliver baby milk and medical and school supplies to Daraya."We urge the responsible authorities to grant us access to Daraya, so we can return with desperately-needed food & medicines" outside the capital, said the International ...

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Russian soldier dies after coming under fire in Syria: military MOSCOW: A Russian soldier has died in Syria after coming under fire from rebels in Homs province, a representative of Russia's Hmeimim air base told Russian news agencies on Wednesday.The soldier, named as Anton Yerygin, "sustained serious injuries after coming under fire by rebels while escorting vehicles of the Russian coordination centre mediating between the warring sides", the unnamed official told Interfax news agency.Yergyin died after doctors fought for his life for two days at ...

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Syrian army battles jihadists near Palmyra BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces Wednesday battled jihadists who cut a key supply route west of ancient Palmyra, after new bombardments hit Aleppo city where a ceasefire was due to expire at midnight.The latest fighting comes as world powers prepare to meet in Vienna next week to try to revive peace talks aimed at ending a five-year conflict that has killed more than 270,000 people.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the Islamic ...

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Baghdad market bombing kills 34 BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded near a market in north Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, security and medical officials said.The blast, which hit the Sadr City area at around 10 am (0700 GMT), also wounded 54 people, the officials said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group often carries out bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere, especially targeting Shiite Muslims, whom it consider heretics.Copyright AFP (Agence ...

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IS cuts regime supply route to Syria's ancient Palmyra BEIRUT: The Islamic State group on Tuesday cut a key supply route between Syria's Homs and the world heritage site of Palmyra just months after the army recaptured the ancient city, a monitor said.IS "was able to cut the supply road between Homs and Palmyra near the Tayfur military airport after an attack launched from the east of Homs", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Both cities are controlled by the regime after troops recaptured ...

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Don't use US as excuse for not doing Iran business: Kerry LONDON: Companies should not use the United States as an excuse for not doing business with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with European banks to discuss the Iranian issue.The United States and Europe lifted sanctions in January under a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme, but other U.S. sanctions remain, including a ban on Iran-linked transactions in dollars being processed through the U.S. financial ...

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Yemen warring parties agree on prisoner swap KUWAIT CITY: Yemen's government and Iran-backed rebels agreed Tuesday to free half of the prisoners and detainees held by both sides, in the first breakthrough in peace talks that began last month.Officials from the two delegations told AFP that a working group formed by the UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had reached an agreement to release the prisoners and detainees within 20 days.The government's official news agency Saba also confirmed the deal, citing ...