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Russia to Work with U.S. on Response to Syria Gas Attacks Probe

Russia will work with the United States on a response after U.N. investigators found that the Syrian regime had carried out chemical attacks, Moscow's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Thursday.

"We have a joint interest in discouraging such things from happening, preventing such things from happening, even in the fog of war," Churkin told reporters.

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Turkey 'Planned Syria Operation for Over 2 Years'

Turkey had been planning a Syria ground operation for over two years before launching an offensive this week, but it was stalled by the military and various international disputes, an official said Thursday.

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Deal Struck for Thousands of Rebels, Civilians to Quit Syria's Daraya

Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians are to evacuate the besieged town of Daraya near the Syrian capital under an accord struck on Thursday, state news agency SANA said.

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Turkey Shells Kurdish Militia in Northern Syria

Turkish artillery on Thursday shelled targets of the militia of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria after they advanced in violation of an accord with the United States, state media said.

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Analysts: Turkey Entered Syria to Halt Kurds

Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realization of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say.

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Aleppo Barrel Bomb Attack Kills 11 Children, 4 Women

Eleven children and four women were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighborhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

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U.N. Syria Envoy Expects 'Impact' from Kerry- Lavrov Meeting

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday upcoming U.S.-Russian talks could help his push to resume peace talks on the war-ravaged country.

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Iraq Forces Retake Key Town South of Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul.

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Syrian Troops to Receive Training in China

China's military will provide training for Syrian armed forces, a spokesman for Beijing's defense ministry said Thursday, adding it would take place on Chinese soil.

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Iraq Parliament Impeaches Defense Minister

Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday voted to impeach Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi over corruption allegations, MPs said.

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