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Raising the bar: local brews make a comeback in Syria

Damascus - For years, Abu George's bar in Damascus's Old City served imported beers under portraits of famous foreigners Che Guevara and Marilyn Monroe -- but the brews on offer now are Syrian-made.

With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone.

Air raids in Syria kill 25 civilians: monitor

- A wave of Syrian air strikes on Sunday killed at least 25 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, a monitor said.

Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitor

Duma - Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 23 civilians on Sunday across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

Under siege, Syria doctors forced to improvise care

Duma - Surgical consultations via Facebook, reused sutures and gloves, and half-doses of expired drugs: doctors in a besieged opposition enclave near Syria's capital are improvising to cope with shortages.

Syrian army takes full control of Deir Ezzor city from IS: state TV

Damascus - Syria's army has seized Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State group, state media said Friday, driving the jihadists from the last major city where they were present.

Syria's famed sweets bringing smiles once again

Damascus - Syria's grinding conflict has brought bitterness to producers of the country's renowned Middle Eastern sweets, but after years of struggle they say business is finally picking up again.

Syria regime shelling kills 4 schoolchildren in besieged enclave

- At least four schoolchildren were among eight people killed in Syrian regime shelling in Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, despite a ceasefire in the hunger-hit rebel enclave outside Damascus.

Syria regime shelling kills 4 schoolchildren in besieged town

- Syrian regime shelling killed four schoolchildren and a man on Tuesday in the rebel-held besieged town of Jisreen east of the capital Damascus, a Britain-based monitor and a medical source said.

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Damascus - Dozens of trucks carrying aid for 40,000 people on Monday entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, where residents and relief groups have warned a humanitarian crisis is escalating.

Tears as Syria families welcome relatives freed from IS

Yabrud - Two weeks ago, Manaf thought his days were numbered. But this weekend he and other former Islamic State group hostages were given a hero's welcome in the recaptured Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain.

Hot water for dinner in hunger-hit besieged Syria town

Harasta - Manal boils water on the stove in the besieged Syrian town of Hamouria, hoping to convince her four children that she is cooking, but she has no food.

Syria army, allies capture Mayadeen from IS: state media

Damascus - Syrian troops and allied forces captured the city of Mayadeen from the Islamic State group on Saturday, state media said, in the latest blow to the jihadist group.

Tears in Damascus as Syria misses shot at World Cup

Damascus - Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for its first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

Tears in Damascus as Syria misses shot at World Cup

Damascus - Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment on Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for a first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

At least 16 dead as suicide bombings hit Damascus police station

Damascus - A double suicide bomb attack hit a police station in Syria's capital Damascus on Monday, state media said, with a monitor saying at least 16 people were killed.

Cornered in Raqa, IS breathing 'last gasps': coalition commander

- Ousting the last Islamic State group fighters from Raqa will be tough, but the jihadists are breathing their "last gasps" in their Syrian bastion, a senior US-led coalition commander told AFP.

Damascus ready to discuss autonomy for Syria Kurds: minister

Damascus - The Syrian government is ready to discuss autonomy for the country's Kurds, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said, the first time Damascus has openly accepted such a possibility.

Syria's Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraq's Kurds.

Russia touts essential role in Syria's advance against IS

Rasm Hamdawi - As the Islamic State group seems to crumble across Syria, a top Russian commander points to a pulverised tank once used by the jihadists as proof of his country's essential role in their demise.
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