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US open to Syrian rebel talks

President Obama has said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but has warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."

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Four million Syrians 'will need UN aid by next year'

The worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria will leave more than four million people in need of emergency aid this winter, the UN's refugee agency told The Times.

The increasing level of violence is forcing aid agencies to abandon thousands of desperate families, and the country is becoming a "no-go zone."

Syrian refugees try to cross border fence from northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to Turkey during an air strike Credit: Reuters.

A spokeswoman for the World Food Programme said it was not possible to reach those that need help:

"There are some areas, especially, in the north of the country, that no one can reach no NGOs, no UN agencies, no one. They are sort of lost."

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