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Car Bomb Kills Seven near Syria Shiite Shrine

A car bomb killed at least seven people near the revered Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, on Monday, state television reported.

The bomb struck Al-Diyabiyah, a town that serves as one of the gateways for the many pilgrims from around the world who visit the Shiite holy site.

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Regime Officials Meet Kurds in Bid to Quell Syria Clashes

Syrian government representatives flew in from Damascus on Friday to try to calm three days of deadly clashes with Kurdish militia in the northeastern city of Qamishli, a security official said.

The fighting in the mainly Kurdish city, most of which is held by the militia, has been a distraction from the two sides' common struggle against the Islamic State jihadist group, which controls swathes of territory to the south.

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Syria Peace Talks to Push on until April 27

U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Syria's brutal conflict will push ahead until April 27, despite the departure of the main opposition group, a negotiator in the talks said Friday.

Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) earlier this week halted its formal participation in the round of talks that began in Geneva on April 13 in frustration over surging violence on the ground.

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Air Strikes on Syria's Aleppo Kill 18 Civilians

Air strikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday killed at least 18 civilians and wounded more than a dozen, the local civil defense told AFP.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the air strikes and gave a toll of 19 dead, up from its earlier toll of 10.

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Syria Relief Efforts Intensify even as Peace Talks Falter

Aid groups launched their largest aid delivery yet in war-torn Syria on Thursday after the U.N. evacuated hundreds of besieged residents, intensifying relief efforts even as peace talks falter.

The two major operations were a rare sign of humanitarian progress in Syria, where the brutal five-year war has left 270,000 dead as a partial ceasefire hangs by a thread.

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Five Dead in Rocket Fire on Turkey Town after Syrian Child Dies

More rockets hit a Turkish town on the Syrian border on Tuesday, wounding at least three people, a day after five were killed by fire from an area of Syria controlled by jihadists, a Turkish government official said.

In the last few weeks, Islamic State (IS) jihadists have repeatedly fired rockets at Kilis, the only town in Turkey where refugees from Syria's five-year conflict now outnumber local Turks.

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Syria Opposition to Ask U.N. to Pause Peace Talks

The Syrian opposition will ask the United Nations to pause troubled peace talks in Geneva until Damascus shows it is serious about discussing political transition, a delegation member told AFP Monday.

"A small delegation has come to meet (U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura) and to ask him to pause the negotiations until the regime shows it is serious about political transition and humanitarian issues," a member of the opposition High Negotiations Committee said.

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Syria Envoy: Israeli Golan Cabinet Meeting 'Provocative'

Syria's envoy to the United Nations on Monday denounced as "provocative" an unprecedented Israeli cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights, which the Jewish state annexed decades ago.

"It is an irresponsible provocation committed by Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of the Israeli occupation force," Bashar al-Jaafari said of Sunday's cabinet meeting, which was the first ever to be held in the territory seized from Syria in 1967.

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Aleppo Clashes Kill 22 Civilians, Threatening Fragile Truce

Twenty-two civilians were killed in an exchange of fire in Syria's second city Aleppo, a monitor said Sunday, in one of the highest single tolls since a fragile truce came into force.

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Syria Opposition Negotiator Urges Attacks on Regime despite Truce

The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on regime forces, despite the shaky truce deal between government troops and rebel fighters.

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