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Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike.

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

Damascus - Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots on Sunday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country's ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Polls open in Syrian local elections: state media

Damascus - Voting began across government-controlled parts of Syria on Sunday for the war-ravaged country's first local elections since 2011, state news agency SANA said.Polling booths opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and are expected to stay open for 12 hours.

Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: state media

Damascus - An Israeli missile attack targeted the Syrian capital's airport late Saturday, activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency SANA reported.

Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: state media

Damas - An Israeli missile attack targeted the Syrian capital's airport late Saturday, activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency SANA reported.

Alleged Italian IS member held in Syria, say Kurds

Kamishli - Kurdish fighters in northern Syria detained an alleged Italian member of the Islamic State group as he was trying to flee across the border to Turkey, they said Thursday.

Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

Kamishli - Kurdish authorities in Syria's diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area's Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.

30,000 flee in Syria as UN fears century's 'worst' crisis

Muhardeh - Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, the United Nations said Monday, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

Back to school jitters in Syria's Ghouta

Jaramana - The shrill bell sends hundreds of students rushing towards their classrooms in a town near Damascus, which only months ago was the scene of fierce fighting between rebels and regime forces.

Light at the end of the tunnel for Syria's war-ravaged railways

Damascus - Abu Abdo eases himself into the driver's seat, itching to try out freshly laid train tracks between two suburbs of Syria's capital, Damascus.

Syria's Idlib under 'violent' air strikes after Tehran failure

Kabanah - Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib was Saturday targeted by the "most violent" Russian air strikes in a month, a monitor said, after the failure of a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict.

18 dead as Syria Kurds clash with regime forces

Kamishli - Clashes between Kurdish forces and regime fighters in the divided northeastern city of Qamishli killed 18 combatants Saturday, the Kurdish forces and a war monitor said.

Op-Ed: U.S. will stay in Syria indefinitely as Trump approves new policy

Just five months ago Trump said that he wanted to get out. He has now completely changed his tune and approved a new strategy that allows for an indefinitely extended military stay in Syria.

Syrian civilians brace for regime assault on Idlib

- In northwestern Syria, 68-year-old Abu Khaled was among dozens to have set up camp in a field, hoping that Turkish soldiers nearby would shield him from bombardment by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syria rescue centre in Idlib forced shut after air strikes

Muhardeh - Rescue workers in Syria's northwestern Idlib province said Thursday they were forced to halt operations in a rebel-held town after air strikes damaged their centre there.

Hundreds flee as Syria, Russia hit rebel stronghold Idlib

Idlib - Hundreds of Syrian civilians fled Idlib province on Thursday as the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey readied for last-ditch talks on the fate of the last rebel bastion.

Iran's Zarif in Syria for talks ahead of Idlib offensive

Damascus - Iran's foreign minister met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of a looming regime offensive against the country's last rebel stronghold.

Senior US diplomat visits Kurdish-held territory in Syria

- A senior US diplomat visited Kurdish-held territory in Syria on Saturday as the minority negotiates with Damascus over the future of its semi-autonomous region.

Syrian carpenters dust off workshops after years of siege

Jaramana - In a town outside the Syrian capital, Abu Suleiman dusts off his work table and pulls cobwebs from a cupboard he started making before the war.

In Syria's Yarmuk, artists paint amid the ruins

Midan - Not far from his destroyed home in Syria's Yarmuk camp for Palestinian refugees, 21-year-old Abdallah al-Harith dabs bright red paint onto a canvas standing amid the grey ruins.
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