Aerial shots show large roadblock on key M4 highway in Syria’s Idlib | AFP

Aerial images show a large roadblock across the key M4 highway in Idlb province near the village of Al-Nayrab in Syria. The giant trench dug across the road connecting the Idlib crossroads town of Saraqib with coastal Latakia appeared overnight, less than a day after Russia and Turkey launched a first but brief joint military patrol along the road following a ceasefire agreement earlier this month. Several hundred pro-rebel demonstrators took to the highway near Al-Nayrab on Sunday to protest the patrol, setting tyres ablaze and piling tree branches across the thoroughfare.

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Russian MoD details chronology of Il-20 downing off Syrian coast

The Russian Ministry of Defense is revealing a detailed chronology of the downing of a Il-20 plane near the coast of Syria six days ago. Earlier, the Russian MoD said the plane had been used as cover by Israeli F-16 jets during their strikes in Latakia, resulting in Syrian air defenses shooting down the Russian plane.

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Israel blames Syria for Russia’s Il-20 downing, mourns death of crew

Israel has blamed the Syrian government for the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane in Latakia province, according to an IDF statement. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9eig

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday morning. He ordered the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country.

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Syrian army sappers detonate explosives near Latakia

Syrian army sappers continued to clear mines in areas previously held by anti-government militants near Latakia on Monday, with more than 800 homemade explosives having been defused since the start of the month.

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Assad tries out role of Su-35 fighter jet pilot at Russia’s Khmeymim airbase

Syrian President Bashar Assad has tried out the role of fighter jet pilot, as he arrived in Latakia province to inspect the Russian-operated Khmeymim airbase. This marks the first time the Syrian president has visited the military airfield.

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Russia, Iran, Turkey adopt memorandum on creation of 4 de-escalation zones in Syria

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Idlib, Latakia and Homs are included in the safe zones, as well as parts of Aleppo, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Under the memorandum, any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones.

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Russian and EU parliamentarians visit school in eastern Aleppo

Members of Russia’s State Duma and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited one of the schools in eastern Aleppo’s Masaken Hanano area on Tuesday. The joint delegation was led by Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Vasilyev. Apart from visiting a school, the deputies also attended a distribution of humanitarian aid packages to eastern Aleppo residents, reports say. Earlier in the day, the delegation visited Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Latakia. Previously, the delegation also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, with the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 reportedly on the agenda.

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‘Ambassadors of music’: NYPD mourns Alexandrov Ensemble deaths in fatal TU-154 crash

Most of the passengers on the fateful Tu-154 plane were members of the world-famous Alexandrov Ensemble army choir, en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia airbase. Among the many who paid tribute to the musicians were the New York Police Department, whose ceremonial unit performed with the Alexandrov Ensemble in 2011.

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‘I stayed home with child, shocked now’: Singer from Alexandrov choir didn’t board crashed plane

Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 plane that crashed after take-off from Sochi were members of the world-famous Alexandrov army choir, en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia airbase.

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People mourn Tu-154 crash victims at Alexandrov Ensemble building in Moscow

Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 plane that crashed after take-off from Sochi were members of the world-famous Alexandrov army choir, en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia airbase. RT takes a look back at their most unforgettable performances.

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Moment of impact: Drone captures airstrikes in N. Latakia

Airstrikes were carried out against opposition targets in Latakia province, Tuesday, as part of a push to retake swathes of land recently captured by anti-government forces in the region.

Syrian Arab Armed forces assisted by aerial cover pushed out militants from mountainous areas surrounding Jabal al-Akrad, reportedly taking back all the land previously lost to fighters from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front).

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RAW: Syrian army launches offensive against militias in Latakia

Syrian army soldiers resumed their offensive against anti-government militias in Latakia region, Saturday, after a week-long ceasefire in Syria, characterised by its instability, came to end.

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Drone captures devastation of Kinsabba after Syrian govt forces liberate town

Drone footage released on Tuesday shows the ruins of Kinsabba after the town was retaken by Syrian government forces and allied Shia militia last week. The town in north-eastern Latakia province had previously been held by the Jaish Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) group. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has deepened in recent weeks following advances by forces loyal to Damascus, that are backed by Russian air strikes, into rebel-held areas of the country. The UN has called for renewed peace talks and a ceasefire to allow for humanitarian relief to the worst-affected areas.

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Strategic Takeover: Syrian Arab Army recaptures Kinsabba in Latakia

The Syrian Arab Army recaptured the town of Kinsabba in northern Latakia, Saturday. The army used tanks, heavy machine guns and artillery in an effort to regain control of the town, which was taken over by the militants in June. Located in the mountains, Kinsabba is considered an important strategic town.

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VICE News Daily: Deadly Heat Wave Grips India

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Deadly heat wave sweeps across India, Myanmar approves controversial birth control law, Ukrainian airline resumes flights into Syria, and cooking keeps kids out of trouble in Cape Town.

INDIA
Extreme Heat Kills Hundreds Across the Country
The worst-hit states are Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday.

MYANMAR
New Childbirth Restrictions Stir Controversy
Activists say President Thein Sein signed the law under pressure from ultra-nationalist Buddhists who warn Rohingya Muslims will overrun the country.

SYRIA
Ukrainian Airline Resumes Flights
A small Kiev-based carrier will operate a once weekly flight to the coastal city of Latakia, despite the ongoing conflict.

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Culinary School Gives Youngsters a New Lease on Life
A free 12-week program offers cooking classes to Cape Town’s disadvantaged in hopes they’ll steer clear of the underworld.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – August, 13 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Syrian rebels destroy government tank with missile likely provided by U.S., Bolivian police shut down massive cocaine lab in east, Sri Lanka condemns U.S. travel advisory and India’s asbestos industry is thriving.

SYRIA
Rebels Are Hitting Enemy Positions With Western-Made Weapons
Group posts video showing missile attack on government tank in Latakia.

BOLIVIA
Police Bust Cocaine ‘Mega-Lab’ Near Brazilian Border
The facility is the biggest to be shut down in the country in a decade.

SRI LANKA
Government Criticizes U.S. Travel Advisory
Foreign ministry says the warning gives a ‘false and alarmist’ view.

INDIA
Lobbyists Say Asbestos Gets a Bad Rap
Building executives defend use of the mineral in subsidized housing for the country’s poorest.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May,12 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Mexico swears in vigilantes for a rural police force, residents in a Brazilian slum demand improved public resources, Syrian activists say rebels release dozens of women and children hostages, and several Indian policemen are killed in a suspected Maoist attack.

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MEXICO
Government Inducts Rural Police Force
Local vigilantes fighting the Knights Templar drug cartel were given until Saturday to join the force or face arrest.

BRAZIL
Rio Favela Residents Demand Better Public Services
People in the slum simulate receiving poor medical treatment to urge the government to better allocate public funds.

SYRIA
Activists Say Hostages Released Under Truce
Rebels release dozens of women and children held captive in Latakia since August.

INDIA
Maoist Attack Kills Seven Policemen
Land mine targets car driven by anti-Maoist police unit patrolling a central Indian district.

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