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French hostage says 'very happy to be free'

Ankara - One of the four French hostages freed after 10 months in captivity in Syria said Saturday he was "very happy to be free", Turkey's Dogan News Agency reported.
In the Media by AFP

Four French journalists free after Syria kidnap

Paris - Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media.
In the Media by Frederic Dumoulin with Burak Akinci in Ankara (AFP)

Qaeda chief calls for unity as jihadist schism deepens

Dubai - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for unity in a new interview amid widening divisions with a rival jihadist organisation rooted in the Syrian civil war.
In the Media by AFP

Syria army advances in Homs as car bomb kills 14

Damascus - Syrian army forces advanced around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.
In the Media by AFP

Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula

Damascus - In the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week.
In the Media by Roueida Mabardi (AFP)

Jordan destroys 'camouflaged' vehicles crossing from Syria

Amman - Jordanian warplanes destroyed "camouflaged" vehicles on Wednesday as they tried to cross into the kingdom from war-ravaged Syria, in the first such strikes since the conflict erupted three years ago.
In the Media by Ahmad Khatib (AFP)

Jordan says it destroyed combat vehicles crossing from Syria

Amman - Jordanian air force fighter jets destroyed a number of combat vehicles Wednesday as they tried to enter the kingdom from war-hit Syria by crossing the border, the army said.
In the Media by AFP

Syria army launches assault in besieged Homs

Damascus - Syrian troops and pro-regime militiamen fought their way into rebel-held neighbourhoods of the central city of Homs after besieging them for nearly two years.
In the Media by AFP

France seeks ICC involvement on Syria war crimes

New York - France will table a proposal before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity in Syria, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Gaza cops trade bullets for laser-tech in training

Gaza - Security forces in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are using technology to practice shooting on laser simulators, saving money spent on ammunition in the cash-strapped Palestinian territory.
In the Media by Adel Zaanoun (AFP)
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