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Syria rebels begin leaving zone near Golan: state media

Damascus - Hardline rebels and civilians began leaving a southwestern sliver of Syria near the Israeli-annexed Golan on Friday under a surrender deal, state media, as the evacuations turned deadly with a car accident.

Thousands evacuate pro-regime Syria towns

Kafer Halab - Several thousand residents evacuated two pro-regime towns in northern Syria on Thursday, putting an end to one of the longest sieges of the country's seven-year civil war.

Street by street, gutted Syrian town begins modest reconstruction

Harasta - Khaled's delicate hands were accustomed to cutting and styling hair in his Syrian hometown Harasta. Now, they're hauling concrete and sweeping floors to repair homes ravaged by years of fighting.

Evacuations begin from besieged pro-regime Syria towns

- Buses began evacuating fighters and civilians from two besieged pro-regime towns in Syria early on Thursday morning under a deal that will allow thousands to leave after three years of encirclement.

Preparations start to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns

- Preparations were underway on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of people from two pro-regime Syrian towns, an AFP reporter and state media said, after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels.

Long-absent Syrian expats in emotional visit home from US

- Victoria Mubarakah sits in the shade of a grapevine in her ancestral village in Syria, nostalgic and happy after a long trip from her home in the United States.

Syria rebels surrender heavy arms in Daraa city: state media

Damascus - Syrian rebels in the southern city of Daraa were surrendering their heavy weapons to government forces on Saturday, state media said, under a deal brokered by regime ally Russia.

Syria army enters and raises flag in Daraa, cradle of revolt

Damascus - Syria's army entered rebel-held parts of Daraa city on Thursday, state media said, raising the national flag in the cradle of the uprising that sparked the country's seven-year war.

Damascus park hosts first cafe with young disabled staff

Damascus - In a Damascus park, 21-year-old Abdel Rahman shuttles between tables bringing customers drinks, delighted to be employed at Syria's first cafe staffed by young people with Down's Syndrome.

Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria after drone 'infiltration'

Damascus - Israel launched air strikes against three military posts in Syria Wednesday, its army said, after intercepting what it described as the incursion of an unarmed drone into its territory.

Drivers rejoice as Damascus dismantles checkpoints

Damascus - In his beloved yellow taxi, Abu Ayman zigzags through the streets of Syria's capital Damascus, delighted that the security checkpoints that choked the streets for years have been removed.

Syria regime, rebels reach deal on south: state media

Damascus - The Syrian regime on Friday reached a ceasefire deal with rebels in the country's south, the official SANA news agency said.

More Syrians leave Lebanon for home

Al Masna` - Several dozen Syrian refugees left Lebanon for neighbouring Syria on Sunday as part of returns coordinated between both countries, an AFP reporter and authorities said.

Syria slams global chemical arms body's new powers

Damascus - Damascus on Friday slammed a decision to grant the world's chemical watchdog the power to identify perpetrators of attacks, ahead of results of a probe into alleged gas attacks in Syria.

Battered south Syria towns in talks on regime takeover

- Rebels controlling several towns in southern Syria were on Friday considering a deal for a regime takeover in exchange for an end to fierce bombing, state media and a monitor said.

Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport: Syrian state media

Damascus - Two Israeli missiles struck targets near Damascus airport early Tuesday, Syrian state media said, while a monitoring group said they hit arms depots for Hezbollah.

Syria state media says US-led coalition hit regime position in east

Damascus - Syrian state media said overnight Sunday to Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had carried out a deadly strike on a regime position in the country's east near the Iraqi border.

Eight years on, Syria army conscripts pack bags for home

Damascus - After eight years of military service, Syrian conscript Sonel Ali swapped his drab army uniform for bright civilian clothes last week as he packed his things one last time.

In war-torn Syria, 'cat man' starts rare animal clinic

Kafer Halab - At an unlikely cat shelter in rebel-held northern Syria, Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel gently holds a feline patient on her back as an ultrasound probe is rolled across her pregnant belly.

Syria FM links talks on south to US withdrawal from border area

Damascus - Syria's foreign minister on Saturday linked any talks on the future of a rebel-held southern region with the departure of US forces from another area bordering Iraq and Jordan.
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