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Turkish military police fire teargas at protesting Syrian refugees, many hurt
BEIRUT, March 27 (Reuters) - Turkish military police fired teargas at Syrian refugees protesting against living conditions in their camp on Wednesday, wounding many, residents of the camp said.
Residents of the Suleiman Shah camp in Akcakale, a Turkish town near the Syrian border, said young men started a large demonstration after a faulty electrical supply outlet set fire to a tent earlier that day.
Three brothers aged 7, 18 and 19 were injured in the tent fire, Turkish officials said. Camp residents said one of the brothers had died.
(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Syria's Nusra Front pledges allegiance to Qaeda's Zawahri-audio tape
BEIRUT, April 10 (Reuters) - Syria's al-Nusra Front formally pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, according to an audio tape posted online on Wednesday.
Abu Mohammad al-Golani, leader of the Syrian group, said: "The sons of Nusra Front renew their pledge (of allegiance) to the Sheikh of Jihad Ayman al-Zawahri and declare obedience."
(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Pravin Char)
Kerry tells Putin U.S., Russia share common interests in Syria
MOSCOW, May 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday the United States and Russia share common interests in Syria, including promoting regional stability and preventing the spread of extremism.
At the start of a meeting in the Kremlin, Kerry told Putin that U.S. President Barack Obama believed the two nations can cooperate on Syria, Iran, North Korea and economic issues.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed adn Ale4xei Anishchuk, Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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