U.N. announces start of Syria peace talks as government troops advance




 
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U.N. announces start of Syria peace talks as government troops advance
 
February 1st, 2016  
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U.N. announces start of Syria peace talks as government troops advance
By Tom Miles, John Irish, Tom Perry and Arshad Mohammed GENEVA/BEIRUT/ROME (Reuters) - The United Nations announced the formal start of peace talks for Syria on Monday and urged world powers to push for a ceasefire even as government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, launched their biggest offensive north of Aleppo in a year. Government troops and allied fighters captured hilly countryside near Aleppo on Monday, putting a key supply route used by opposition forces into firing range, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.




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