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Turkish PM at UN calls for refugee 'safe zone' in Syria
Turkish PM at UN calls for refugee 'safe zone' in Syria

Turkey's prime minister used his UN General Assembly speech to press demands for a "safe zone" to be created in Syria to protect civilians fleeing barrel bombs and the Islamic State group.

Turkish PM at UN calls for refugee 'safe zone' in Syria
Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia
Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia

Russia rejected accusations that Moscow had bombed moderate rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad instead of Islamic State fighters and had hit civilians.

Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia
Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go
Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go

The United States does not oppose Russian air strikes in Syria if they target the Islamic State group, but Bashar al-Assad must step down.

Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go
Obama says Assad must go, revs up coalition against IS
Obama says Assad must go, revs up coalition against IS

US President Barack Obama said that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must go if the Islamic State group is to be defeated.

Obama says Assad must go, revs up coalition against IS
NATO chief worried about Russian military build-up in Syria
NATO chief worried about Russian military build-up in Syria

NATO General Philip Breedlove expressed concern Monday about the strength of Russia's military build-up in northwestern Syria and the apparent creation of a defensive "bubble" in the Mediterranean.

NATO chief worried about Russian military build-up in Syria
France cautiously backs Putin call for Syria coalition
France cautiously backs Putin call for Syria coalition

France gave cautious backing at the United Nations to a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin for a "broad coalition" to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.

France cautiously backs Putin call for Syria coalition
Britain's Cameron calls for talks on Syria transition
Britain's Cameron calls for talks on Syria transition

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for discussions on how to bring about political transition in Syria as he prepares to meet world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

Britain's Cameron calls for talks on Syria transition
Rouhani says ready to discuss 'plan of action' for Syria
Rouhani says ready to discuss 'plan of action' for Syria

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview that he is ready to discuss a "plan of action" for Syria's post-war future after the Islamic State group is defeated.

Rouhani says ready to discuss 'plan of action' for Syria
Russia seeks firm foothold in strategic Syria
Russia seeks firm foothold in strategic Syria

Russia has shocked the West by boosting its military presence in Syria as President Vladimir Putin seeks to not just defeat Islamic State radicals but also to gain a firm foothold in the strategic Middle Eastern country.

Russia seeks firm foothold in strategic Syria
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Kazakhstan ready to accept refugees from Middle East

Kazakhstan is ready to accept refugees from Middle Eastern countries.

Kazakhstan ready to accept refugees from Middle East
US, Russia could 'find areas of cooperation' on Syria: Pentagon chief
US, Russia could 'find areas of cooperation' on Syria: Pentagon chief

The United States and Russia could find ways to cooperate on the crisis in Syria, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said, as Moscow continues a military build-up in the war-torn nation.

US, Russia could 'find areas of cooperation' on Syria: Pentagon chief
Syrian transition could include Assad: Turkey's Erdogan
Syrian transition could include Assad: Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a fierce critic of Bashar al-Assad, suggested for the first time that the Syrian president could have a role to play in a future political transition.

Syrian transition could include Assad: Turkey's Erdogan
Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes
Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed on a plan to avoid "misunderstandings" in Syria.

Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes
Russia military backing for Syria counterproductive: Kerry
Russia military backing for Syria counterproductive: Kerry

Russia's military backing for the Syrian regime only risks sending more extremists to the war-torn country and could further hamper any effort at bringing peace.

Russia military backing for Syria counterproductive: Kerry
US open to talks with Russia on Syria
US open to talks with Russia on Syria

The White House said it was open to limited talks with Moscow following the controversial deployment of Russian troops and heavy weapons to war-torn Syria.

US open to talks with Russia on Syria
Moscow wants talks with US military about Syria ops: Kerry
Moscow wants talks with US military about Syria ops: Kerry

Russia wants talks with the US military to ensure their forces do not come into conflict as it continues its build-up in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Moscow wants talks with US military about Syria ops: Kerry
Hollande says air strikes against IS in Syria 'necessary'
Hollande says air strikes against IS in Syria 'necessary'

French President Francois Hollande, whose country is carrying out surveillance flights over Syria, said it would be "necessary" to carry out air strikes against Islamic State militants there.

Hollande says air strikes against IS in Syria 'necessary'
Obama orders US to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees
Obama orders US to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees

President Barack Obama has asked for at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to be admitted to the United States next year, amid criticism his government has done too little to help.

Obama orders US to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees
'Mama Merkel' cheered by Syrians at refugee centre
'Mama Merkel' cheered by Syrians at refugee centre

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a hero's welcome as she visited a Berlin migrant centre, with Syrians cheering and taking selfies as Germany threw open its doors to thousands of refugees.

'Mama Merkel' cheered by Syrians at refugee centre
Kerry, Lavrov hold second Syria call, as US fears boost for Assad
Kerry, Lavrov hold second Syria call, as US fears boost for Assad

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Syrian conflict with US Secretary of State John Kerry for the second time in four days.

Kerry, Lavrov hold second Syria call, as US fears boost for Assad