The Latest: Russian Museum Seeks to Assistance Syria'south Palmyra

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:49 PM

m. The head of Russia'south renowned Hermitage art museum says he's submitted a proposal to the Russian president for the museum to obtain involved in the restoration of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The Latest on Syria'south civil war, diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict and the upcoming circular of peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

five:20 p. m.

The head of Russia'south renowned Hermitage art museum says he's submitted a proposal to the Russian president for the museum to obtain involved in the restoration of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

Mikhail Piotrovsky was quoted Thursday by the state news agency Tass as saying the map submitted to President Vladimir Putin was worked out with the Russian School of Sciences.

He said Russian efforts could be portion of an international restoration map that he'd discussed with the director of the United Nations' cultural organization UNESCO.

Syrian troops with the support of Russian airstrikes regained control of Palmyra latest month. Some of the city'south most prominent monuments and archaeological sites were destroyed or damaged when the city was below the control of the Islamic state group.

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5 p. m.

Activists declare Syrian rebels and allied Islamic groups have advanced into strongholds of the militant Islamic State grouping in southern and northern Syria and have undermined the group'south keep of a border crossing with Turkey.

Activist Bahaa al-Halabi says various factions of the Free Syrian Army entered on Thursday the IS-held town of al-Rai, in northern Aleppo province along the border with Turkey.

Al-Halabi and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights declare there are intense clashes underway with militant groups and that the rebels have seized the silos in the northwestern portion of the town.

Al-Rai is strategically located on the border with Turkey, serving as the group'south access point to supply lines. It also sits along the road to IS stronghold in Aleppo.

The Observatory and another activist group, the Local Coordination Committee, declare opposition fighters, including al-Qaida'south department in Syria, the Nusra Front, are pushing IS-allied fighters out of a stronghold in southern Daraa province.

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4:35 p. m.

Syrian state TV says Islamic State militants have kidnapped three hundred cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of the capital, Damascus.

The TV says the workers from the al-Badia Cement Company were abducted on Thursday from Dumeir, an area where militants launched a astonishment attack against government forces earlier this week.

State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been number success in efforts to set up contact with any of the workers.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria conflict, said earlier in the day that contact was lost with dozens of workers in Dumeir.

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4:10 p. m.

The U. N. special messenger for Syria says that the following circular of peace talks in Geneva is expected to start sometime around April 13.

Staffan de Mistura says the new circular should focus on a political process that he hopes will lead to a "concrete or genuine beginning of a political transition."

He told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that he's also embarking on a tour that'll get him to Damascus and Tehran in look for of an understanding about what could be a framework of a political transition.

Two rounds of "proximity talks" involving Syrian opposition and government representatives in Geneva have ended without any progress on ways to finish the war in Syria, presently in its sixth year.

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two:15 p. m.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia'south military action in Syria has achieved a key goal of securing the country'south state structures.

Putin told a media forum in St. Petersburg on Thursday that the Russian air campaign, which began on Sept. thirty, helped strengthen the Syrian state. He said it'south fundamental to prevent the collapse of the Syrian state to stem the flow of refugees to Europe.

The Russian boss also says the Syrian army has continued to create advances against the Islamic State group, even though Russia pulled out some of its warplanes from Syria last month.

Putin hailed contacts between Russia and the United States in securing a Syria cease-fire, which was brokered by Moscow and WA and which began on Feb. twenty-seven. The IS and Syria'south al-Qaida department known as the Nusra Front are excluded from the truce.

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2 p. m.

A boss of U. N.-backed humanitarian efforts for Syria says he'south "disappointed" with recent efforts to obtain aid convoys into hard-to-reach and besieged areas, and is calling on the Damascus government to "live up to its promises."

January Egeland, the humanitarian aid adviser for the U. N.'south Syria envoy, told reporters on Thursday in Geneva that "April was supposed to be our best month" but that aid delivery is "not getting better and better, it'south actually slowing down."

Egeland spoke during a crack in U. N.-sponsored indirect talks between the Syrian government and the opposition delegation, which are to resume next week.

Humanitarian assistance to Syria'south people is portion of an international response to the country'south crisis that also includes a U. S.- and Russia-monitored cease-fire that's largely held over the last month.

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