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Syria says approves U.N. $2.9 billion humanitarian aid plan for 2015

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UNITED NATIONS - Syria said on Wednesday it has approved a United Nations plan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people in the war-torn country this year, but warned the only way to the end the crisis was to help Damascus fight terrorism.

France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site

PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

World, France, Iraq 28 Jan 2015

Israeli jets strike back after Syria's Golan attack: Israeli army

JERUSALEM - Israeli airforce jets struck Syrian army artillery positions near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched in the area the previous day.

World, Israel 28 Jan 2015

Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani

WASHINGTON - Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. | Video

World, 27 Jan 2015

Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. | Video

World, 27 Jan 2015

Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

World, Israel 27 Jan 2015

Iran says Israel crossed 'red lines', vows to respond: IRNA

DUBAI - Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

World, Israel 27 Jan 2015

Syria raises fuel prices to snuff out black market, soothe unrest

AMMAN - Syria has raised fuel prices, cutting back on lavish subsidies, to quell a thriving black market that has led to anti-corruption protests in areas of strong government support.

World, 27 Jan 2015

Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.

World, 27 Jan 2015

Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. | Video

World, 26 Jan 2015

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