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Bolton to discuss arms control, Iran, Syria in talks with Russian counterpart

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WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton will discuss arms control treaties and Iran's role in Syria in talks with Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Geneva next week, an administration official said on Thursday.

Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

BAGHDAD Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighboring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.

World, Iraq Aug 16 2018

Exclusive: As Syria looks to rebuild, Finance Minister sees trade boost from forex deposits

DAMASCUS Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.

World, Aug 16 2018

Afghans, Syrians help German firms fill training vacancies

BERLIN German companies managed to attract more apprentices to on-the-job training schemes last year due to a surge in applications from asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria, data showed on Wednesday.

World, Afghanistan, Aug 15 2018

Lebanese Hezbollah leader says group stronger than ever

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Tuesday his group was stronger than ever and would "very soon" celebrate victory in Syria, where it has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Lebanon Aug 14 2018

Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria's Idlib with Russia

ANKARA Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday he hoped his country and Russia could find a solution over the northern Syrian region of Idlib, a rebel-held enclave which the Syrian government says it aims to recapture. | Video

World, Russia, Turkey, Aug 14 2018

Syrian Kurdish-led council visits Damascus for new talks: co-chair

BEIRUT The political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) went to Damascus last week for a second round of talks with the government, its co-chair said on Tuesday.

World, Aug 14 2018

Merkel, Putin to discuss Syria, Ukraine and energy

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin will discuss the war in Syria, the conflict in east Ukraine and a disputed pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany during talks near Berlin on Saturday, a German government spokesman said.

World, Russia, Germany, Aug 13 2018

Syrian rebels build an army with Turkish help, face challenges

AZAZ, Syria A "National Army" being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey's help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar al-Assad's recovery of the northwest - if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition. | Video

World, Turkey, Aug 12 2018

Turkey ready to create more safe zones in Syria

ISTANBUL Turkey said on Sunday it had finalised preparations to create more safe areas in Syria, which would allow the return of refugees who have fled the civil war.

World, Turkey, Aug 12 2018

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Turkey hopes to find solution on Syria's Idlib with Russia

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday (August 14) that he hoped to find a solution over Syria's Idlib region during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Emily Wither reports.