French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius leaves the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet meeting on January 4, 2016 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE
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France's foreign minister said Monday Syria and Russia must stop what he called military operations against civilians and in particular put an end to suffering in the besieged city of Madaya just two weeks before peace talks are scheduled.Laurent Fabius said images coming out of Madaya, where aid agencies have warned of widespread starvation, showed President Bashar Assad could not remain in power. He said Paris would consult the U.N. Security Council to press Syria to end what he described as indiscriminate attacks.Russia denies any targeting of civilians.
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