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Arabic theatre is cultural lifeline for Sweden's migrants

Stockholm - In a theatre in Stockholm's suburbs, a small crowd gathered to watch three actors, two Syrian and one Swedish, act out the lives of a young migrant couple settling into life in Sweden.

In Damascus, rare glass blowers seek to keep craft alive

Damascus - In Syria's capital, Mohammed Hallak blows through a long metal tube into billowing red-hot glass, trying to keep his waning craft alive despite a war that keeps clients away."We're the last family to be working in glass blowing in Damascus.

UN reports 42 virus cases among Syria staff, families

Beirut - More than 40 members of UN staff and their families have caught coronavirus in Syria, a UN official told AFP Tuesday, warning the illness was spreading in the war-torn country.

Don't turn backs on refugees, Alan Kurdi's aunt pleads

Berlin - The aunt of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose image became a tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis after his body was washed up on a Turkish beach, called on the world on Tuesday not to ignore the plight of refugees.

Isolated US vetoes UN resolution over jihadists' fate

New York - The United States' diplomatic isolation grew Monday when it stood alone in the UN Security Council to veto a resolution on the fate of thousands of foreign jihadists being held in Syria and Iraq.

Syrians still finding their way in Sweden, five years on

Stockholm - They arrived in unprecedented numbers, pushing a strained Sweden to shut its borders as anti-immigration sentiment flared. Five years later, Syrians are still trying to integrate, some more successfully than others.

Syria constitution talks kick off in Geneva

Geneva - Syrians tasked with amending their war-torn country's constitution met Monday in Geneva for the first time in nine months, amid cautious hopes the meeting could help spark a broader political process.

Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack

Damascus - A suspected attack on a pipeline in Syria caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying Monday.

US imposes sanctions on teenage son of Syrian leader Assad

Washington - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on the 18-year-old son of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, vowing never to let the war-torn nation's regime enrich itself.

Bomb kills eight in Turkish-held Syria town: monitor

Beirut - A bomb in a Syria border town controlled by Turkey and its Syrian proxies killed at least eight people, including six civilians, on Sunday, a Britain-based war monitor said.

Iran protests to UN after US jets approach flight over Syria

Tehran - Iran protested Friday to the United Nations of a "flagrant violation" of international law after nearby US fighter jets sparked panic on an Iranian passenger plane over war-torn Syria.

US intercepts Iranian passenger plane over Syria

Tehran - The US said Thursday it had intercepted an Iranian passenger plane as it flew over Syria, after Iranian state television accused Israel of being behind the encounter.

Black waters: Oil spills pollute northeast Syria creeks

Ugur - In his village near a northeast Syria oil facility, Abdulkarim Matar said he has watched his horses die because of oil spills that have polluted waterways in the resource-rich region.

Mawla the 'Destroyer', brutal new head of IS group

Paris - With monikers as divergent as the "Professor" and the "Destroyer", the Islamic State group's new head has a reputation for brutality, but otherwise remains largely an enigma.

Syrians vote for new parliament amid war, economic turmoil

Damascus - Syrians voted Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the war-torn country.

Syrians vote for new parliament amid war, economic turmoil

Damascus - Syrians go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament as the Damascus government grapples with international sanctions and a crumbling economy after retaking large parts of the war-torn country.More than 7,400 polling stations will open at 7.

Syria pistachio farmers return to orchards after years of war

Hama - Pruning scissors in hand, Syrian pistachio farmer Fadi al-Mahmoud inspected his orchard, hoping for his first harvest after years of war, as nearby army de-miners swept the ground for buried explosives.

UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria in reduced form: diplomats

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but only after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.

UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria but shuts access point

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but only after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.

Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

- Displaced Syrians relying on humanitarian assistance voiced alarm Thursday after regime ally Russia tried to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country.

Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Tehran - Iran has said it will strengthen Syria's air defences as part of a bilateral military deal aiming to "fight terrorism" and counter American pressure.

Russia, China veto UN extension of cross-border aid in Syria

New York - Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year, though Moscow swiftly proposed a more limited extension.

UN alleges war crimes during Syria's Idlib offensive

Geneva - War crimes and possible crimes against humanity were committed during the battle for Syria's opposition-held Idlib province, a UN investigation said on Tuesday.

UN vote sought to authorize cross-border aid in Syria, Russia veto expected

New York - Germany and Belgium have asked the UN Security Council to vote to extend authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria despite a likely Russian veto, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks

Den Haag - Western countries pushed members of the global chemical weapons watchdog Tuesday to formally condemn Syria after a probe explicitly blamed Damascus for nerve gas attacks for the first time.

After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown

Beirut - Syrian army defector Salam had signed a surrender deal with the regime supposed to protect him, but after reporting for military service, he disappeared and months later was declared dead."He went off and never came back," his elder brother told AFP.

Italy seizes IS-made drugs worth one billion euros

Rome - Italian police said Wednesday they had seized a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.

Macron 'confident' of progress in Russia ties after Putin talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in key areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his office said on Friday after a video conference summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Guterres supports UN cross-border aid in Syria

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he supports the extension of a cross-border program to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria, according to a Security Council report obtained by AFP Wednesday.

Syrians file complaint in Germany over sex abuse in Assad's jails

Berlin - Seven Syrians who allegedly suffered or witnessed rape and sexual abuse in detention centres under President Bashar al-Assad's government have submitted a criminal complaint to prosecutors in Germany, an NGO supporting them said Thursday.
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REFUGE: Yazidi refugees who escaped from Islamic State militants get help from the International Rescue Committee at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August.
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A couple sits to survey the destruction of the neighborhood.
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Bus Attack in Syria
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
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Saint Elias church in Aleppo, Syria.
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria, in 2010.
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