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Air strikes kill seven civilians in southern Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes on Tuesday killed seven civilians in a sensitive southwestern province of Syria bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor said.

Syrian regime advances fast on rebels in south

Beirut - Syrian regime forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's vital southern zone.

Syrian regime advances fast on rebels in south

Beirut - Syrian regime forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country's south, a monitor and state media said.

Army raises flag in Daraa, cradle of Syria revolt

Ramtha - 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.

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.

IS seizes village in south Syria: monitor

Beirut - An Islamic State group affiliate seized a village in southern Syria overnight from rebels who had agreed to a regime takeover, a Britain-based monitor said Thursday.

Air strikes, clashes hit IS pocket in south Syria: monitor

Beirut - Russian air strikes and fierce clashes on Wednesday rocked a sliver of territory in southwestern Syria held by the Islamic State group, a war monitor said.

Tens of thousands return home after south Syria ceasefire deal

Beirut - Tens of thousands have returned to their homes in southern Syria since a ceasefire deal between regime ally Russia and rebels to end more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitoring group said Sunday.

Syria regime pounds south, rebel evacuations postponed

Beirut - Regime forces bombarded southern Syria on Sunday, as the evacuation of rebel fighters under a ceasefire deal for the region was postponed, a monitor and an opposition official said.

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal: monitor

Beirut - Thousands of displaced Syrians were heading home Saturday after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said.

Syria rebels say close to deal with Russia on south

Beirut - Rebels in southern Syria said on Friday they were close to reaching a deal with regime ally Russia including a ceasefire and the handover of some territory.

Syria regime reaches deal with rebels in south

Ramtha - The Syrian regime on Friday reached a deal with rebels for the surrender of the remaining opposition-held cities and towns in the southern province of Daraa, the cradle of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad.

Paving the way: Syria highway traces winning regime strategy

Beirut - From second city Aleppo all the way down to the border with Jordan, Syria's longest highway cuts through fertile fields of green, buzzing industrial zones and four major cities.

Regime pounds south Syria after rebels say talks with Russia 'fail'

Beirut - Syria's regime and its ally Russia resumed air strikes on the south of the country on Wednesday after rebels said talks over a government takeover had "failed".

Syria rebels mull tough Russian terms for southern handover

Beirut - Rebels in Syria's south on Wednesday discussed a Russian proposal to hand over their remaining territory in exchange for a halt to the regime's blistering offensive, rebel sources said.

Over 270,000 displaced by south Syria violence, UN says

Ramtha - More than a quarter of a million people have fled a Russian-backed government onslaught on southern Syria, the United Nations said Monday, in the latest civilian exodus in the seven-year war.

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.

Air raids force hospitals to shut in south Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes on rebel-held parts of southern Syria put three hospitals out of service overnight as the government pressed a Russian-backed offensive to retake territory, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Fighting displaces 45,000 in southern Syria: UN

Beirut - Air strikes and ground fighting in southern Syria have forced at least 45,000 people to flee, the United Nations said on Tuesday, the largest displacement in the area so far.

Air strikes kill five as southern Syria assault looms

Beirut - Air strikes on rebel towns in southern Syria killed five civilians and damaged two hospitals on Sunday, a monitor said, in fresh signs of a looming government assault.

First Russia air strikes hit south Syria as assault looms

Beirut - Russia bombed rebel-held parts of southern Syria late Saturday for the first time since brokering a ceasefire there nearly a year ago, a monitor group said, as allied regime troops prepare a ground assault.

Syrian army gains ground in rebel south: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime forces on Saturday made their first gains on the ground against rebel fighters in the southern province of Daraa after several days of intensified bombardment, a monitor said.

Family of gold panners shot dead in restive Thai south

Bangkok - Four members of a Muslim family have been shot dead while panning for gold in a remote stream in Thailand's "Deep South", an area plagued by insurgency, guns and crime.

Deal or no deal, regime set to return to south Syria

Beirut - Seven years after giving birth to Syria's revolt, the country's south looks set to fall back into regime hands likely through a rare consensus emerging among rival powers.

Tillerson says 'too early' for direct talks with N. Korea

Cairo - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday it was "too early" to discuss direct negotiations with North Korea, after Vice President Mike Pence said the US was open to talks.

Yemen PM seeks reconciliation after deadly Aden clashes

Aden - Yemen's prime minister appealed on Wednesday for reconciliation with southern separatists after deadly clashes last month in which they seized almost all of Aden where his government has its base.

Three dead as busy market struck by bomb in southern Thailand

Yala - A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded two dozen others on Monday at a bustling morning market in Thailand's insurgency-hit south, the first such attack by suspected militants on a 'soft target' in the Muslim-majority region for months.

Hyundai building 150 MW energy storage battery in South Korea

Ulsan - Hyundai Electric, a spinoff move by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, has announced it will build and install a 150 Megawatt storage battery near Ulsan on the southeast coast of South Korea.

Syrian army declares unilateral fighting freeze in south

Damascus - The Syrian army on Monday unilaterally announced a halt to fighting in the country's south that would coincide with a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Yemeni government rejects southern autonomous council

Riyadh - The government of war-ravaged Yemen on Friday rejected a self-proclaimed autonomous body in the formerly independent south whose formation is seen as an open challenge to the president's authority.
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