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Putin Says Russia to Stay in Syria 'as Long as Beneficial'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russian forces would remain in Syria as long as it was in Moscow's interests, despite earlier announcing Russia's mission in the war-torn country was largely completed.

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Russia Calls for 'Dialogue' between Israel and Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday called for dialogue between Israel and Iran following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria that marked a sharp escalation between the two enemies. 

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Suspected Toxic Attack in Syria Prompts Outrage

A suspected chemical attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta sparked international outrage Sunday, as state media reported that the last rebel holdouts in the onetime opposition stronghold had agreed to evacuate.

State news agency SANA, citing a government source, said fighters with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction had agreed to leave Eastern Ghouta's main town of Douma within 48 hours.

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Rebels Cornered as Syria and Russia Pummel Ghouta

Eastern Ghouta's six-year rebel rule was in its dying moments Friday as fighters evacuated one of the Syrian enclave's three remaining pockets and a deal was reached for another.

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Fresh Bombardment Kills 20 in Syria's Ghouta

At least 20 civilians have died in a resumption of bombing on Douma, the largest town in shrinking rebel-controlled pockets of Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said Monday. 

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UNICEF Says Children Increasingly Exposed in Syria Conflict

Children are at more risk than ever in Syria's devastating conflict, the United Nations said Monday as the war approached its eighth year.

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Red Cross Demands Access to Wounded in Syria Enclave

The International Committee of the Red Cross asked Wednesday for access to an enclave near Syria's capital where a regime aerial campaign has killed over 300 civilians and wounded 1,400 others this week.

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U.N. Chief 'Deeply Alarmed' by Eastern Ghouta Violence

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said he was "deeply alarmed" by the escalating violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than 100 civilians were killed in the second straight day of air strikes.

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U.S. Pushes Russia on Syria as U.N. Warns of 'Dangerous Moment'

The United States has urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the war as the U.N. envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year conflict.

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Death Toll Soars as Syria Regime Pounds Rebel Enclave

Fresh regime strikes killed 15 civilians Wednesday in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where overwhelmed medics were still treating the survivors of the Syrian conflict's bloodiest day in months.

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