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Sudan rebels shell southern city during defense minister visit

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese rebels shelled the main city of the oil-producing South Kordofan state during a visit of Sudan's defense minister, Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein, rebels and residents said. Full story

Damascus car bomb shatters Syria truce

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus on Friday, inflicting many casualties and buffeting a shaky temporary truce in the Syrian conflict on the occasion of a Muslim religious holiday. Full story

U.S. State Dept says hopes all sides in Syria honor ceasefire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes the Syrian government and its opponents will honor a planned ceasefire in Syria for the Eid al-Adha holiday, the State Department said on Thursday while voicing skepticism about Damascus' record on keeping agreements. Full story

U.N. chief says important all sides adhere to Syria Eid truce

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Thursday a planned ceasefire in Syria for the Eid al-Adha holiday and said it was important that Syrian government troops and armed opposition groups adhere to the truce, his spokesman said. Full story

Syria to announce ceasefire decision Thursday: ministry

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria's Foreign Ministry said the country's military leaders were studying a proposal by international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi for a ceasefire to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, and would announce their decision on Thursday. Full story

Assad tells Syria envoy arms flows to rebels must stop

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A car bomb killed 13 people in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad told an international mediator seeking a truce in Syria's civil war that the key to any political solution was to stop arming rebels. Full story

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