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War-torn Syria to hold presidential vote on May 26

Damascus - Syria will hold a presidential election on May 26 that is expected to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in the country devastated by a decade of civil war.

Covid overwhelms ICUs in Syrian capital

Damascus - Inside the emergency room of a hospital of the Syrian capital, an elderly woman with Covid-19 waited for a bed at an intensive care unit packed with coronavirus patients.

Then and now: 10 Syrians recount a decade of war in pictures

Damascus - Samer became paralysed, Bakri had a leg amputated and Rukaia fled to France: a decade of civil war in Syria has devastated millions of lives.

Syrian 'father of martyrs' raises orphaned grandchildren

- Syria's war robbed 83-year-old Abderrazaq Khatoun of 13 of his children and one of his wives, but he was forced to overcome his grief quickly to raise 11 orphaned grandchildren.

Syrian heritage suffered 'cultural apocalypse'

Palmyra - A decade of war has not only destroyed Syria's present and poisoned its future, it has damaged beyond repair some of its fabled past.

Syria Kurds hand 12 children to their Iraqi Yazidi mothers

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds have handed back 12 children of alleged Islamic State members to their mothers from Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Kurdish official said Friday."The children, aged two to five, were all born to Yazidi mothers and fathered by IS members.

Lebanese associate of Carlos the Jackal dies in Damascus hospital

Damascus - Lebanese militant Anis Naccache, an accomplice of the notorious Carlos the Jackal, died Monday of coronavirus in a Damascus hospital at the age of 70, Syrian state media said.Naccache took part in the 1975 OPEC conference hostage-taking in Vienna.

Mideast mothers count days to Biden, visas to see children

Damascus - Syrian mother Dahouk Idriss says she can't wait for US President-elect Joe Biden to be inaugurated Wednesday, so she can finally visit her son for the first time in four years.

Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem dies

Damascus - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad's regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died Monday at the age of 79.

'One team': disabled duo help each other in war-torn Syria

Damascus - One is deaf and mute, the other is paralysed from the waist down; but together, Ahmad and Bader form a duo equipped to handle life in war-torn Syria.

Crammed into camps, displaced Syrians fear spread of coronavirus

- Hassan Sweidan is terrified he will catch Covid-19 in the overcrowded displacement camp in northwest Syria he calls home, even more so as medical staff in the region have become sick.

Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle after years of war

Homs - Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij cut away at bushes growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world's most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers.

US sends more troops and military vehicles into Syria

After US confrontations with Syrian and Russian forces the US is increasing its presence in Syria sending more troops as well as military vehicles into the country.

In Damascus, rare glass blowers seek to keep craft alive

Damascus - In Syria's capital, Mohammed Hallak blows through a long metal tube into billowing red-hot glass, trying to keep his waning craft alive despite a war that keeps clients away."We're the last family to be working in glass blowing in Damascus.

Israel attacks on southern Syria kill at least eleven

The death toll from Monday night's report of a series of Israeli missile strikes on the southern Syria Daraa area during the day has been increased from just six killed to now at least a dozen killed.

Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack

Damascus - A suspected attack on a pipeline in Syria caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying Monday.

Syrians vote for new parliament amid war, economic turmoil

Damascus - Syrians voted Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the war-torn country.

Syrians vote for new parliament amid war, economic turmoil

Damascus - Syrians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the war-torn country.More than 7,400 polling stations will open at 7.

Syria pistachio farmers return to orchards after years of war

Hama - Pruning scissors in hand, Syrian pistachio farmer Fadi al-Mahmoud inspected his orchard, hoping for his first harvest after years of war, as nearby army de-miners swept the ground for buried explosives.

Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

- Displaced Syrians relying on humanitarian assistance voiced alarm Thursday after regime ally Russia tried to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country.
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