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In Syria's Aleppo city, young boys box to drown out bombs

Aleppo - Bathed in the fluorescent light of a sparse basement in Syria's war-torn Aleppo city, young boys pummel red punching bags under the close supervision of a former national boxing champion.

Syria regime warns against any foreign ground 'aggression'

Damascus - Syria's government warned Saturday that its forces would resist any foreign ground intervention after reports that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which both support rebel forces, could send in troops.

Tens of thousands flee as Syria regime advances near Aleppo

Damascus - Tens of thousands of Syrians were reported to have fled their homes on Thursday as regime troops pressed a major Russian-backed offensive around second city Aleppo.

Aid convoy enters regime-besieged town near Damascus: ICRC

Damascus - An aid convoy on Wednesday entered a regime-besieged town near Syria's capital, at a time when the opposition is demanding a lifting of blockades at peace talks in Geneva, the Red Cross announced.

Syria regime forces cut rebel supply route in Aleppo: Source

Aleppo - The Syrian army on Wednesday cut the last supply route linking opposition forces in the northern city of Aleppo to the Turkish border, a military source said, in a major blow to the rebels.

Syria bombs 'kill 45' near Shiite shrine

Damascus - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday in three bomb blasts near the revered Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab outside the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.

Bombs kill 22 at army checkpoint in Syria's Homs: State TV

Damascus - At least 22 people were killed in a double suicide bomb attack at an army checkpoint in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, state media said.

Syria picks UN envoy as chief negotiator for peace talks

Damascus - Syria's UN envoy will be the regime's chief negotiator in upcoming peace talks, a government source said Thursday, as a dispute over the opposition's representatives threatened to delay the negotiations.

Fierce IS assault on Syria city has residents fearing 'massacre'

Damascus - A deadly Islamic State group assault on Deir Ezzor has seen the jihadists tighten their siege on the eastern Syrian city and left residents terrified and fearing the worst.

Nearly 20,000 Iraqi deaths since 2014

Nearly 20,000 civilians have died in Iraq since 2014, according to the United Nations. More than 36,000 Iraqis have been wounded in the same period.

Syria regime's secret weapon in rebel town capture: Motorbikes

Ara - As Syrian forces battled to recapture the rebel stronghold of Salma last week, they relied not only on Russian air support but also a secret weapon: motorbikes.

New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

Muhardeh - A convoy carrying food and other desperately needed aid entered Syria's besieged Madaya, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that using starvation as a weapon was a war crime.

New aid convoy heads to besieged Syrian town

Damascus - A convoy carrying desperately needed food and medicine headed to the hunger-stricken Syrian town of Madaya on Thursday, the second delivery of aid this week after months of government siege.

Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

Muhardeh - The first trucks carrying desperately needed aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death.

In old Damascus, war threatens Syrian handicrafts

Damascus - In his cramped workshop in Damascus, Mohammad Abdallah delicately etches away at wooden panels inlaid with mother-of-pearl, a craft he perfected over a decade before the outbreak of Syria's war.

Syria 'starvation towns' won't get aid before Monday: Red Cross

Damascus - Aid desperately needed in three besieged towns in war-torn Syria cannot be delivered before Monday, the Red Cross said, citing logistical problems.

Syria government to allow aid into starving town: UN

Damascus - Syria's government gave permission Thursday for UN aid deliveries to three besieged towns, including Madaya near Damascus where residents say people are starving to death.

Refugee donation drop off centre to close early in Nova Scotia

Halifax - The Refugee Donations Drop-off Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia will no longer accept donations after Tuesday, Jan. 5. The people of Nova Scotia have overwhelmed the centre with donations since it opened.

16 dead, 30 wounded in three blasts in northeast Syria: Monitor

Kamishli - At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded by explosions in three restaurants in the northeast of Syria on Wednesday, a monitoring group said, in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

Syria releases opposition figures held on way to Riyadh meeting: party

Damascus - Syrian authorities have released two prominent members of the domestic opposition who were arrested on Wednesday as they travelled to Riyadh to meet other regime opponents, their party said.
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