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Death toll in Syrian civil war is 470,000 - The Guardian

A Syrian hospital.In five years of civil war, 400,000 Syrians have been killed and another 70,000 have perished due to a lack of basics such as clean water and healthcare, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels

Bomb damage in Syria.Major powers meeting in Germany on Thursday aim to revive Syria peace efforts, but with Russia backing a government push for a military victory, opposition delegates and Western officials see little hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

Air strikes force IS to halve fighters' pay - Glaser

Islamic State fighters.The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been forced to cut its fighters' pay by up to 50 percent because U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money it makes from oil, a senior U.S official said on Monday.

Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of 'extermination' - U.N.

altDetainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday.

US defence chief welcomes Saudi offer of troops in Syria

Saudi offers troops to aid US in SyriaUS Defence Secretary Ash Carter has welcomed a Saudi offer to participate in any ground operations in Syria launched by the US-led coalition.

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