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Russia vetoes UN resolution on Aleppo truce

A Syrian civil defence volunteer, known as the White Helmets, stands on the rubble of destroyed buildings during a rescue operation following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in AleppoRussia on Saturday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding an end to the bombing of Syria’s war-battered city of Aleppo. The draft text presented by France won 11 votes in favor, but there were two votes against — including Russia — and two abstentions, notably from veto-holder China. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had urged the Security Council to take immediate action to save Aleppo from being destroyed by the Russia-backed Syrian bombing campaign.

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