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Russia Says Syria Strike Hit Rebel 'Toxic' Weapons Depot

Russia defended its ally Damascus on Wednesday in the face of an international outcry over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, saying a Syrian air strike hit a "terrorist warehouse."

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Russia Says 'No Strikes' near Suspected Chemical Attack Site in Syria

Russia's military on Tuesday said its planes did not carry out any strikes near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Syria, where air strikes hit a hospital as doctors treated victims of a suspected chemical attack.

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Erdogan to Putin: Syria 'Chemical' Attack Could Endanger Peace Talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Tuesday condemned a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria as an "inhuman" strike that could endanger peace talks based in the Kazakh capital.

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Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks since 2011

Warplanes carried out a suspected toxic gas attack on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 58 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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From Ducks to Dushkas: Gun Repair Shops in Syria Today

For years, Abboud Jan's gun repair shop in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh catered exclusively to local hunters, but the country's devastating six-year war has changed all that.

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Army Regains Territory Lost in Central Syria

Syria's army and allied fighters have regained most of the territory they lost during an assault launched by rebels and jihadists earlier this month in the country's center, a monitor said Friday.

"The regime has recaptured 75 percent of the territory it lost in the north of Hama province," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

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Jihadist-Led Offensive in Syria's Hama Advances

Syrian jihadists and allied rebels advanced against government forces in central Hama province on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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Syria Rebels Launch Fresh Assault on East Damascus

Rebels and jihadists on Tuesday launched a fresh assault on east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial attack just a few kilometers from the center of the capital.

An AFP journalist in east Damascus and a monitor both reported a large explosion at dawn followed by fierce clashes, shelling and government air strikes on opposition positions.

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New Round of Syria Peace Talks Opens without Rebels

A third round of Russian-backed talks on the Syrian war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Tuesday without armed rebel groups, leaving little hope for a breakthrough in ending the six-year conflict. 

The talks, sponsored by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel-backer Turkey, come as other diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed have proved fruitless. 

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320,000 Dead, 4.9 Million Refugees: Syria's War in Numbers

Syria's conflict has killed more than 320,000 people, uprooted more than half the population and left much of the country in ruins since it erupted almost six years ago.

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