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Schoolchildren among 26 dead in Syria raids: monitor

Idlib - Air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province hit a school and the surrounding area on Wednesday, killing at least 26 civilians including many children, a monitor and activists said.

On Syria border, Mosul refugees trapped under IS fire

- They have escaped the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul but hundreds of Iraqis seeking refuge in neighbouring war-torn Syria are now trapped on the border under jihadist fire.

Syria's Kurds restore ancient names to Arabised towns

- On a dusty road in northeast Syria, a woman and her four children stand beside a freshly erected green sign for Joldara, the Kurdish name of her village known for decades as Shajra.

Fighting shakes Aleppo as truce expires

Aleppo - Clashes and air strikes shook the Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitor said Sunday, as heavy fighting resumed after the end of three-day truce declared by government ally Russia.

"Cat man" of Aleppo operates sanctuary in besieged city

Aleppo - As thousands of people are fleeing from eastern Aleppo to avoid the fighting many leave their pet cats. Aleppo resident, Mohammed Aljaleel noticed that the number of cats without owners was increasing.

Humanitarian truce begins in Aleppo, few leave

Aleppo - A "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian army's Russian-backed assault on Aleppo took effect Thursday, but despite a drop in violence there was little sign residents were heeding calls to leave.

Pause in Aleppo bombing holds into second day

Aleppo - A pause in Russian and Syrian strikes on Aleppo was holding for a second day Wednesday, ahead of a brief unilateral ceasefire aimed at allowing civilians and rebels to quit the devastated city.

Pause in Aleppo bombing holds into second day

Alep - A pause in Russian and Syrian strikes on Aleppo held into a second day Wednesday, ahead of a brief ceasefire aimed at allowing civilians and rebels to quit the devastated city.

Syria's first lady says rejected offers to leave country: report

Damascus - Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad said she rejected multiple offers to flee the war-ravaged country with her children, according to an interview with broadcaster Russia24 aired on Tuesday.

Russia announces brief Aleppo truce as EU warns of 'war crimes'

Aleppo - Russia Monday announced an eight-hour "humanitarian" ceasefire in Aleppo later this week, as the EU warned that the Syrian regime's Moscow-backed assault on the city could amount to war crimes.

Lawsuits can be served via Twitter

San Fransisco - Miscreants and evil-doers beware, some U.S. law firms have begun serving lawsuits using the social medium of Twitter. The first such electronic legal missive was served this week.

Pro-govt gains in Aleppo ahead of key Syria talks

Aleppo - Syrian pro-government forces used intense air strikes as cover for an advance in the battleground city of Aleppo ahead of fresh diplomatic talks on Saturday to end the conflict.

17 dead in car bomb at Syria rebel checkpoint: monitor

Damascus - At least 17 people, most of them rebels, were killed in a car bomb blast at an opposition checkpoint in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Thursday, a monitor said.

Syrian seed bank moved away from the war zone

With the horrific war continuing in Syria, biologists have taken steps to protect the Syrian seed bank to ensure that precious strains are protected and conserved for future research.

Russia offers to secure rebel evacuation from Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Russia said Thursday it was prepared to secure safe passage for rebels to quit Syria's Aleppo but kept up air strikes on the battleground city as world powers readied new truce talks.

Op-Ed: Russia to expand Syrian naval base and make it permanent

Tartus - While Russia has occupied the Tartus naval base in Syria for 45 years now it is nevertheless about to formalize that it is a permanent base and also come to an agreement with the Assad government for a substantial expansion of the base.

Russia renews heavy bombing of Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Regime ally Russia carried out its heaviest strikes in days on Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday, as rebel fire killed at least five schoolchildren in the war-torn country's south.

UN chief renews call to refer Syria to war crimes court

Damas - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday again asked the Security Council to formally request that the International Criminal Court (ICC) begin investigations of war crimes in Syria.

Aleppo's horror, in the words of Syria's White Helmets

Aleppo - As bombs rained down on Aleppo, White Helmets volunteer Abu Hassan rushed to join the search for survivors, as usual, never imagining he would find his son's body among the dead.

Battle for Aleppo rages ahead of East-West showdown at UN

Aleppo - The Syrian regime pressed its assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday ahead of a showdown at the United Nations between Western governments and its ally Russia.
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