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Syrian president's mother Anissa Assad dies aged 86

Former first lady and widow of ex-president Hafez al-Assad died in hospital in Damascus, state news agency reports.

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Syria refugees flee to Turkey border amid Aleppo attack

Thousands of Syrians, mostly women and children, remain stuck at border after fleeing offensive in Aleppo.

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UAE says it is ready to send ground troops to Syria

Announcement comes after Syria issues threat, warning to send back any unwelcome foreign troops "in coffins".

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Syria says any foreign troops would 'return in coffins'

Syrian foreign minister warns against ground intervention after Saudi Arabia offers to send troops to fight ISIL.

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Thousands of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkish border

Turkish border remains shut as thousands continue to flee government offensive on rebel-held areas of Aleppo City.

Turkish border crossing

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Thousands head to Turkey fleeing Syrian offensive

Flight from northern Aleppo province's countryside prompted by government's success in breaking through rebel defences.

Syrians are fleeing

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Student's death clouds Italy-Egypt relations

Italian daily says Giulio Regeni, found dead in Cairo, worked for it as freelance writer and had feared for his life.

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Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

After recent military gains by Assad forces, Gulf kingdom ready to put boots on the ground in Syria's escalating war.

Saudis

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Civilians trapped in battle for Yemen's Taiz

Dozens of deaths reported in fighting in country's third largest city between rebels and forces loyal to the government.

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US drone strike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Yemen

Jalal Baleedi, a field commander in the country's south, was killed with his guards in Shabwa province.

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