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France to try Syrian President Assad's uncle on graft charges

Paris - The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said on Wednesday.

Australia grandmother in emotional reunion with IS fighter's orphans

Sydney - An Australian grandmother to children of a notorious Islamic State group fighter has tracked down the orphans in a Syrian refugee camp in an emotional reunion she hopes will lead to their return home.

Foreigners held or missing in Syria

A handful of foreigners remain missing in war-torn Syria, even after the announced fall of the Islamic State group "caliphate" last month following years of abductions and executions.

Nurse kidnapped by IS five years ago may be alive, Red Cross

Geneva - A New Zealand nurse believed abducted with two drivers by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2013 may still be alive, the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed for the first time in an appeal for news of her whereabouts.

France jails 'jihadist' woman accused over foiled terror attack

Paris - One of three women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was on Friday sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for earlier offences.

Syria Kurds announce deal for return of 31,000 displaced Iraqis

Kamishli - Syrian Kurds on Thursday announced a deal with Baghdad for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, to return from camps in northeastern Syria to Iraq.

Arab countries hold off on UN action over US move on Golan

New York - Arab countries met at the United Nations on Monday to discuss President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's annexation of the Golan but no decision was taken on tabling a UN resolution condemning the US move, diplomats said.

Russia's Lavrov calls for closure of Syria camp near US base

Apo - Russia's top diplomat called Sunday for the immediate closure of a desert camp near Syria's border with Jordan housing tens of thousands of displaced people in dire conditions.

Australia open to return of IS fighter's orphaned children

Canberra - Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday he was open to allowing the return of orphaned children of an Australian jihadist in a Syrian refugee camp following their desperate plea for help.

Venezuela FM says seeking to avoid Syria-style conflict

Damascus - Venezuela's top diplomat said Thursday his government was seeking to avoid a Syria-style civil war during a visit to long-time ally Damascus.

Army shelling kills 22 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - Heavy bombardment by the Syrian army of the jihadist-controlled Idlib region has killed 22 civilians, a monitor said Thursday, the latest violence to theaten a seven-month-old truce.

IS 'caliphate' exodus overwhelms east Syria hospitals

- Young children nursing severe facial burns, others suffering from malnutrition -- an exodus of jihadist families and civilians from the Islamic State group's vanquished final enclave is overwhelming eastern Syria's hospitals.

Pompeo warns Turkey against striking Syria

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday of "devastating" results if Turkey strikes Syria as he met in Washington with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Red Cross wants to send IS children back

New York - The International Red Cross wants hundreds of children of foreign fighters from the Islamic State group in Syria to be allowed to return to their countries of origin and possibly be reunited with family there, the ICRC president said Tuesday.

US-backed force tracks Syria jihadists after 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - A US-backed force said Tuesday it was chasing Islamic State group jihadists in eastern Syria, as coalition warplanes pound the militants more than a week after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

In Syria's Al-Hol camp, ultra-extremists fuel fear

Clashes with guards, violent factional quarrels and a new strain of ultra-extremism -- the Islamic State group's territorial "caliphate" may be defeated, but a camp in eastern Syria is emerging as a fresh jihadist powder keg.

In Syria's desperate Al-Hol camp, a market bustles

Plump fruits, bright slushies, and hair dye -- the colourful market in Al-Hol is an unlikely sight in a Syrian camp overflowing with desperate people displaced as the Islamic State group's "caliphate" collapsed.

A 'tragic life' for the displaced in Syria's Al-Hol camp

Kamishli - Malnourished children struck down by chronic diarrhoea, mothers too weak to breastfeed -- in northeastern Syria's Al-Hol camp, a humanitarian emergency is unfolding.

As IS 'caliphate' dies, so does hope for the missing

- The demise of the jihadist empire that spirited away his teenage son could have been reason to rejoice but, for Abdelsalam Mohammed, with the fall of Baghouz came a crushing disappointment.

US under fire at UN over Golan decision

New York - The United States faced sharp criticism Wednesday at the UN Security Council over its decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, which big powers denounced as a violation of UN resolutions.

US wants UN peacekeeping force to stay in the Golan

New York - The United States said Wednesday a UN peacekeeping mission deployed in the Golan Heights should remain in place despite its decision to recognize Israel's annexation of the strategic plateau.

Turkey's Erdogan hits out at Trump over Golan Heights

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday accused US President Donald Trump of resorting to "bully boy" tactics over a disputed move to proclaim that the Golan Heights -- captured from Syria in 1967 -- belong to Israel.

Lebanon sees eastern EU refugee hardline as model to follow

Prague - Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refuging its own refugee crisis as a way of resolvs.

A world court on IS crimes: needed but unlikely

Beirut - A world court would offer a much-needed mechanism to address the Islamic State group's horrendous crimes but the path to its creation is fraught with obstacles, experts said.

US Golan move stymies Arab states, may boost Iran: analysts

Apo - The US move on the Golan has left fractious Arab nations scrambling for a united response to a decision taken by a key ally, which may only end up benefiting Iran, analysts said.

Syria requests urgent UN Security Council meeting on Golan

New York - Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Europe at UN says Golan is not Israeli territory

New York - Five European countries that sit on the UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Golan as Israeli territory and voiced concern the move could have broad consequences.

IS jihadists kill 7 US-backed fighters in Syria

Beirut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed an attack on US-backed forces in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, days after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

In Turkey, small sums spell success as Syria kids go back to school

Adana - Like many students of her age, 16-year-old refugee Fatmeh dreams of becoming a doctor. And a modest monthly sum of less than 10 euros could make all the difference.

US not looking at IS court, urges repatriation from Syria

Washington - The United States said Monday it was not looking at an international court to try Islamic State extremists and urged countries to repatriate them after Syria's Kurds proposed a tribunal.
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