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Army, Rebels Trade Fire in Aleppo City as Truce End Looms

The Syrian army exchanged fire with rebels in battleground second city Aleppo even before the expiry at midnight on Wednesday of a Russian- and U.S.-brokered ceasefire.

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Syria Leans on Exchange Bureaus to Save Plummeting Pound

Syria's central bank on Tuesday ordered exchange bureaus to buy millions of dollars from it, state media said, to boost a currency at its lowest value in the five-year war.

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Iran Says Syria Jihadists Holding Bodies of 12 Iranian Advisers

Jihadists are withholding the bodies of 12 Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed last week in Syria, an Iranian military official said Tuesday, quoted by ISNA news agency.

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Millions in U.S. Aid to Syrians Suspended over Graft Probe

The U.S. government has suspended millions of dollars in funding to several organizations providing aid for Syria after discovering they were systematically overpaying Turkish companies for basic goods with the collusion of some of their staff.

The U.S. Agency for International Development's independent government auditor said it had "established grounds resulting in the suspension of 14 entities and individuals involved with aid programs from Turkey."

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Syrian Pound Hits Lowest Value in War

Syria's currency hit its lowest value since the start of the country's five-year conflict on Sunday, having depreciated more than 92 percent, an economist said.

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Residents Return as Truce Extended in Syria's Aleppo

Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday after a temporary truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city.

Residents trickled back into eastern areas of Aleppo, encouraged by a halt in the deadly violence that hit last month, an AFP reporter said.

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Outcry Grows over Bombing of Syria Camp for Displaced

Condemnation mounted Friday over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria as the regime and its Russian ally denied involvement and a fragile truce held in Aleppo city.

Women and children were reported to be among 28 civilians killed in Thursday's raids near the Turkish border, which also wounded 50.

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More than 60,000 Syrians Stranded at Jordan Border

Around 64,000 Syrians are stranded at the border with Jordan after intensified violence around Aleppo, Jordanian border guards said on Thursday.

The kingdom, which is already home to more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, introduced additional security checks at the Hadalat and Rokbane border crossings at the start of the year, leading tens of thousands more to congregate along the frontier.

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Twin Bombings Kill 10 Civilians in Central Syria

A double bomb attack on Thursday in central Syria killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 40 others, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

State television also reported dead and wounded in the suicide attack and car bombing in a square in Mukharram al-Fawqani in Homs province.

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22 Air Strikes near Syria Capital as Fighting 'Freeze' Ends

At least 22 air strikes pounded a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital on Wednesday after a local freeze on fighting expired overnight, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the suspected regime raids hit Eastern Ghouta as clashes with rebels erupted.

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