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Syrian army advance opens new link to Kurdish areas

BEIRUT A Syrian army advance against Islamic State in northern Syria has opened a new link between government-held areas in western Syria and the Kurdish-dominated northeast, redrawing the map of the conflict near the Turkish border.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels clash with army in north

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria that the rebels recently captured from Islamic State, sources on both sides said, the second such confrontation in the region this month. | Video

World, Turkey, 3:58pm EST

U.N. to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions despite Russia veto pledge

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move.

World, United Nations, 3:54pm EST

Show respect, avoid insults: U.N. envoy gets strict at Syria talks

GENEVA Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect.

World, United Nations, 1:41pm EST

Syrian army advances against Islamic State near Aleppo: monitor

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies made a sudden advance on Saturday and Sunday into areas held by Islamic State in northwest Syria, a war monitor said, as the jihadist group retreated after losing the city of al-Bab to Turkey-backed rebels.

World, Feb 26 2017

Syrian Oscar nominee says can't get to ceremony because of passport problem

BEIRUT A Syrian cameraman and rescue worker whose documentary about the "White Helmets" Civil Defence group has been nominated for an Oscar will not attend the awards ceremony because Damascus has canceled his passport, the group said on Sunday.

Entertainment, Film Feb 26 2017

Bombings, air strikes in Syria rattle Geneva peace talks

GENEVA A United Nations peace envoy said a militant attack in Syria on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck peace talks in Geneva, while the warring sides traded blame and appeared no closer to actual negotiations. | Video

World, United Nations Feb 25 2017

Syrian opposition suggests security forces could have been behind Homs attack

GENEVA The Syrian opposition delegation attending peace talks in Geneva condemned an attack by suicide bombers that killed security forces in Homs on Saturday, while suggesting that only people with security clearances could get close to the area.

World, Feb 25 2017

Syria government demands opposition condemn Homs attack

GENEVA The Syrian government delegation at peace talks in Geneva told the United Nations on Saturday that it wanted opposition groups to condemn an attack on security forces earlier in the day, saying that otherwise they would be considered terrorists.

World, United Nations, Feb 25 2017

Syrian opposition impatient for talks, wants Russian pressure

GENEVA Syria's opposition is impatient for face-to-face peace talks in Geneva, but things could fall apart if Russia does not pressure President Bashar al-Assad on holding talks and push it to abide by a ceasefire, an opposition member said on Saturday.

World, Russia, United Nations, Feb 25 2017

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Rebel, government fighting threatens Syria talks

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey say they clashed with government forces for a second time in weeks on Sunday, threatening peace negotiations in Geneva and campaigns against Islamic State.