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Syria toxic gas inquiry to end after Russia again blocks U.N. renewal


UNITED NATIONS An international investigation into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria will end on Friday after Russia blocked for the third time in a month attempts at the United Nations to renew the inquiry, which Moscow has slammed as flawed. | Video

Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria: agencies

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State on Friday in Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, where the jihadists have staged a counter-attack after the Syrian army declared victory over them.

World, Russia, Nov 17 2017

Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria's Afrin of YPG militia

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents.

World, Turkey, Nov 17 2017

Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

UNITED NATIONS Russia on Thursday cast its 10th veto of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

World, Russia, United Nations, Nov 16 2017

Turkey 'appalled' by U.S. stance on IS withdrawal from Raqqa: ministry

(This November 15 story was corrected to clarify in paragraph three that not all people evacuated were fighters)

World, Turkey, Nov 16 2017

French military says coalition opposed IS withdrawal from Raqqa

PARIS France's military said on Thursday the coalition battling Islamic State in Syria had opposed a deal allowing fighters of the militant group to withdraw from their former bastion of Raqqa.

World, France, Nov 16 2017

Kurdish YPG aims to conquer Syrian region, not fight Islamic State: Turkish minister

ISTANBUL Recent developments in Syria's Raqqa show that the Kurdish YPG militia, backed by the United States, is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on Thursday.

World, Nov 16 2017

U.N. to vote on rival U.S., Russia bids to renew Syria inquiry

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival U.S. and Russian bids to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, a move that could trigger Russia's 10th veto to block action on Syria.

World, United Nations, Russia Nov 15 2017

Russia, Syria armies step up attacks on Damascus enclave-rebels

AMMAN The Syrian army backed by Russian jets on Wednesday stepped up shelling and air strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave in Damascus a day after rebels stormed an army base in the area, rebels, a war monitor and residents said.

World, Russia, United Nations, Nov 15 2017

Maldives investigation alleges two suspects were planning suicide attack in capital

MALE Two Maldivians suspected of having links to Islamic State (IS)militants were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the country's capital, government officials said on Wednesday.

World, Turkey, Nov 15 2017

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Russia casts 11th U.N. Syria veto, again blocking inquiry

Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.