MUNICH Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing.
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KIGALI Rwanda will send Burundian refugees to other countries, the foreign minister said on Friday, after the United States said that they were being recruited from camps to fight on behalf of the Burundian opposition.
ISTANBUL Turkish security forces have killed 27 militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast, the army said on Friday, a day after the interior minister said security operations had finished in the town of Cizre where the conflict has been focused.
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