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Syrian army advance in Aleppo as rebels face 'death or surrender'

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ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies advanced on Sunday in southeast Aleppo and a rebel official said insurgents face "death or surrender" in an ever smaller enclave, with large numbers of civilians under very fierce bombardment.

After Aleppo, Syria's Assad still far from regaining his state

BEIRUT When President Bashar al-Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state.

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Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syria's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. | Video

World, Russia, Dec 10 2016

U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show "grace" in Geneva Aleppo talks

PARIS Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States urging Russia to show "grace" when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city.

World, Russia Dec 10 2016

Colombian Nobel Prize winner sees a "ray of hope" for Syria, Sudan

OSLO Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said an accord to end a 52-year civil war with Marxist rebels was a "ray of hope" for solving conflicts from Syria to South Sudan as he collected the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday.

World, Africa Dec 10 2016

Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week.

World, Russia, Dec 10 2016

Syrian army rushes forces to historic Palmyra in IS battle

BEIRUT The Syrian army said it has sent reinforcements to Palmyra, where Islamic State fighters have advanced to its outskirts in some of the heaviest fighting since the group lost the historic city earlier this year.

World, Dec 10 2016

U.S. boosts Syria anti-IS forces, urges Gulf military self-reliance

MANAMA The United States will send 200 additional military personnel including special forces to the campaign against Islamic State in Syria to create a "tornado" of pressure against the group's Raqqa hub, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday,

World, Natural Disasters Dec 10 2016

Turkish jets hit 39 Islamic State targets, kill four militants - army

ANKARA Turkish warplanes destroyed 39 Islamic State targets and killed four militants in northern Syria, the Turkish army said on Saturday.

World, Dec 10 2016

U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy

WASHINGTON/PARIS Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus' main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria.

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Syrian opposition appears resigned Aleppo will fall

The Syrian opposition meets with its backers including France and the U.S. for talks in Paris, as the Syrian government claims victory in retaking the rebel-held eastern half of the city. Mana Rabiee reports.