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  • The Latest: Serbia denies politics involved in aid for Syria

    Fri, 6:58am

    Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff speaks in front of a map of the Aleppo area, at a briefing at the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The Russian military says that Russian and Syrian warplanes are staying away from Aleppo a day before a temporary pause in the military push declared by Moscow. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said the "humanitarian pause" in Aleppo will last from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, three hours longer than the Russian military initially announced. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians, rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):

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  • Russia says suspects West wants to use militant group to topple Assad

    Fri, 6:53am

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he suspected the West wanted to protect a Syrian militant group formerly known as Nusra Front because it wanted to use it to try to topple President Bashar al-Assad one day. Lavrov also said that militants belonging to the group were refusing to leave the besieged city of Aleppo. He added that Moscow was very concerned by reports that Turkey was bombing the parts of Northern Syria. ... read more
  • U.N. says Aleppo medical evacuations have not begun as hoped

    Fri, 6:53am

    The United Nations said medical evacuations from eastern Aleppo had not begun on Friday as it had hoped, as a lack of security guarantees and "facilitation" prevent aid workers taking advantage of a pause in the bombing announced by Russia. The U.N. wants to use the four day pause to evacuate hundreds of sick and wounded from the besieged part of the city and to make food and aid deliveries, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke told a regular U.N. briefing. Syria's ambassador in Geneva Hussam Aala told Reuters the Syrian government had given the U.N. the green light for medical evacuations two days ago. read more


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