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Truce 'holding' despite isolated clashes in Idlib, Hama

Monitor says calm prevails as ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia gets under way but reports isolated clashes.

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Ceasefire backed by Russia, Turkey takes effect

Backed by Russia and Turkey and accepted by Assad and opposition groups, truce to be followed by peace negotiations.

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Putin: Russia, Turkey guarantee ceasefire in Syria

Main rebel groups join countrywide truce that begins at midnight Thursday, with Russia and Turkey to act as guarantors.

opposition fighters

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Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull

Iraqi forces launch the "second phase" of the battle to retake eastern Mosul from ISIL.

Mosul

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Fate of nationwide truce plan for Syria remains unclear

Opposition bloc says it has yet to receive a draft of a Russia-Turkey-brokered ceasefire plan.

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Activist Najeeb Rajab to remain in custody

Court orders release, but prosecutor rules it out, citing other charges pending against the Bahraini activist.

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Row with US escalates as John Kerry gives speech

Israeli minister criticises US secretary of state in new salvo since US refusal to veto UN vote on settlement activity.

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Air strikes kill 10 children in ISIL-held Deir Az Zor

Monitor says 22 civilians killed by unidentified air raids on ISIL-held village in Deir Az Zor province.

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Two-state Israel-Palestine 'peace solution in jeopardy'

In final plea, US secretary of state says prospect of two-state solution in jeopardy due to Israeli settlement activity.

John Kerry

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Turkey and Russia 'agree' on nationwide Syria ceasefire

Truce, excluding areas where Assad forces are battling "terrorist" groups, may come into effect by Wednesday midnight.

displaced

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