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Syria conflict: Powers backing rivals meet in Vienna


The first talks bringing together all foreign powers backing rival sides in Syria’s civil war have opened. The meeting in Vienna will seek to close the gap between the US and its allies, who support the rebels, and the key foreign allies of the Syrian government, Russia and Iran. It …

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Syria conflict: Saudis say Iran must accept Assad exit

Iran's support has been crucial to the survival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured here (right) meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in August /AP

Saudi Arabia has said Iran must accept the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as part of any solution to the conflict in Syria. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the remarks as talks among international foreign ministers on the crisis get underway in Vienna. Iran is for the first time …

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Syria conflict: Assad in surprise visit to Moscow

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has visited Moscow on his first overseas trip since the civil war broke out in his country in 2011. During the surprise visit, he had talks with President Vladimir Putin. Russia launched air strikes in Syria last month against the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other …

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Assad Moscow visit: Syria leader in surprise visit

It is not clear if Mr Assad is still in Moscow or has returned to Damascus /Russia 24

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on an unannounced visit to Moscow. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mr Assad “came on a working visit to Moscow” on Tuesday evening and held talks with Mr Putin. Russia began air strikes in Syria at the …

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Migrant crisis: Croatia opens Serbia border

Croatia has opened its border with Serbia, removing one of the bottlenecks for thousands of stranded migrants trying to make their way north. About 3,000 people had been stuck in cold and wet weather in the Serbian border village of Berkasovo, after Croatia moved to curb new arrivals. The UN …

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Migrant crisis: Tensions rise as Balkan path blocked

These migrants at the Croatian border waited to cross into Sredisce ob Dravi in Slovenia early on Monday /AP

Tensions are building among thousands of migrants heading north through Balkan states as their route to Western Europe is stalled by new controls. Croatia had asked its northern neighbour Slovenia to accept 5,000 migrants daily, but Slovenia said it would only take half that number. The move has led to …

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Migrant crisis: EU leaders meet with focus on Turkey

Most migrants entering Europe do so via Turkey, officials say /EPA

European leaders are to discuss measures to ease the region’s migration crisis, with Turkey the focus of their efforts in Brussels. Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, most via Turkey, says the International Organization for Migration. Turkey is thought to be hosting some …

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Putin: Russian airstrikes in Syria aimed at helping al-Assad regime

Russian airstrikes in Syria from September 30 to October 5.

(CNN)Vladimir Putin just confirmed what many suspected — that Russian airstrikes in Syria are meant to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But exactly how they’re doing that remains a point of contention: Are Russians really focused on pummeling ISIS, or are they targeting Syrian rebels demanding an end to the …

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