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'Too Little, Too Late,' Say Critics of Obama's Syria Move

Barack Obama's decision to send special forces to Syria is too little and too late, say critics, who accuse the U.S. president of lacking a strategy for the war-torn country.  

After four and a half years of conflict that have left 250,000 dead and millions displaced, Washington says it will deploy elite U.S. commandos to Syria.

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U.S.'s Kerry on Mission to Reassure Nervous Central Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Central Asia on Saturday for a five-day, five-nation tour of the "Stans," to reassure them they will not be forgotten.

Concern is mounting in the region that, as the U.S. operation in Afghanistan finally draws towards a close, Washington will lose interest in its landlocked northern neighbors.

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Survivors' Stories: Documenting the Human Cost of Boko Haram

Ibrahim fled his home in Gwoza, northeast Nigeria, in August last year, when invading Boko Haram fighters took over the town as part of the Islamist group's self-declared caliphate.

The businessman lost his home, cars, money and his brother, who was shot dead as they fled the carnage, spending 14 days on the road and barely eating.

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Iran and Syria, The Ties that Bind

Iran's first presence in international talks on Syria underscore a special relationship between the two countries' governments, based in part on a joint adherence to the Shiite branch of Islam.

Syrian President Bashar Assad and top officials of his regime are members of the country's Alawite minority, a Shiite offshoot.

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Month into Russia's Syria Strikes, what Has Changed?

Russia launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad on September 30, providing air cover for government offensives in several provinces.

One month into the campaign, here are answers to some key questions:

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Q&A: Syria Crisis Talks in Vienna

Major international backers of Syria's warring rivals are holding intense talks in Vienna in a renewed push to seek a political solution to the four-year conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people and forced millions to flee.

The talks will for the first time gather all the major foreign players in the war -- the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- in the same room.

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Top Royals in Saudi Power Struggle

A power struggle is emerging between Saudi Arabia's two most powerful princes, analysts and diplomats say, as the secretive kingdom confronts some of its biggest challenges in years.

The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, falling oil prices and rising jihadist violence are putting the country's leadership to the test, nine months after King Salman assumed the throne following the death of king Abdullah.

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France Risks Being Sidelined with Tough Syria Stance

France, which has taken a tough line on Syrian President Bashar Assad, is struggling to make itself heard as the diplomatic ground shifts towards a compromise with the regime.

Trying to keep France at the heart of negotiations on Syria, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius scrambled to gather key powers in Paris on Tuesday.

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Key Players in Turkey Vote

Millions of Turks go to the polls next Sunday for what could be one of the most crucial elections in the country's modern history.

The vote was called after the Justice and Development Party (AKP), indomitable for 13 years, lost its majority in a June election and then failed to form a power-sharing government.

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Meetings and More Meetings Yield No Syria Solution

Another meeting in another luxury hotel in another European city oozing with diplomatic history.

Such is the state of the international effort to revive a peace plan for Syria.

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