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Syria state media says US-led coalition hit regime position in east

Damascus - Syrian state media said overnight Sunday to Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had carried out a deadly strike on a regime position in the country's east near the Iraqi border.

Graffiti boys who lit Syria war brace for regime attack

Ramtha - "Your turn, Doctor." Seven years after scribbling the anti-Assad slogan that sparked Syria's war, activists-turned-rebels Moawiya and Samer Sayasina are bracing themselves for a regime assault on their hometown Daraa.

Syria shelling on southern rebels kills at least 6: monitor

Beirut - Syrian government shelling on a rebel-held southern region has killed at least six civilians, hours after US warning not to jeopardise talks on the area's fate, a monitoring group said Friday.

Four killed in Turkey campaign clash ahead of polls

Istanbul - Four people were killed in southern Turkey Thursday in clashes that erupted when a lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was campaigning in a mainly Kurdish town near Syria, 10 days ahead of tightly-contested polls.

Three shot dead in Turkey during ruling party MP visit: reports

Istanbul - Three people were shot dead in southern Turkey on Thursday during an election campaign visit to a mainly Kuridsh town near Syria by an MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, reports said.

Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore: police

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island, they said Thursday.

In Syria's Kobane, a monument to lives lost and battles won

Yildiz - With a father's tenderness, Adham Olaiki clears dried leaves and twigs from his son's final resting place, a neat marble grave on the edge of Syria's Kobane.

920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest since conflict began: UN

Geneva - More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said Monday."We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria...

UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for an investigation of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets in Syria, killing dozens including children.

Years after IS, Syrian Kurds rebuild Kobane alone

Yildiz - After giving up on getting help from Syrian Kurdish authorities, Ahmed Saleh relied on relatives abroad to repair his home in Kobane after it was heavily damaged in a battle against jihadists.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

IS jihadists lose ground in Syria town after major attack: monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State group had lost ground Saturday in a town on the Syrian-Iraqi border after pro-regime forces repelled a major attack the day before, a Britain-based monitor said.

Germany issues arrest warrant for top Assad ally: report

Berlin - German prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for a top Syrian intelligence officer accused of overseeing the torture and murder of hundreds of detainees, a media report said Friday.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

IS jihadists retake parts of Syria town in major attack: monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State group used at least 10 suicide bombers on Friday in a massive attack on Albu Kamal, in which they retook parts of the eastern Syrian town, a monitor said.

Suspected Russian strikes kill 44 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes thought to have been carried out by Russian jets on a rebel-held residential area in northwestern Syria have killed 44 civilians, a Britain-based monitor said on Friday.

Top US, Russian military brass to meet in Helsinki

Apo - Top US and Russian military officials will meet in Helsinki on Friday as part of recurring talks to prevent conflicts such as Syria and Ukraine from escalating, Finnish and US officials said.

Netanyahu warns Assad on Iranian presence in Syria

London - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was "no longer immune" from retaliation, while declaring the Iran nuclear deal over after Washington ditched the accord.

Eight years on, Syria army conscripts pack bags for home

Damascus - After eight years of military service, Syrian conscript Sonel Ali swapped his drab army uniform for bright civilian clothes last week as he packed his things one last time.

Turkey students reject 'terror propaganda' charge as trial opens

Istanbul - Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial Wednesday over a campus protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's military campaign in Syria, bitterly rejecting the charges they had spread "terror" propaganda.

Kurds to pull out of strategic Syria town after deal

Beirut - The leading Syrian Kurdish militia said Tuesday it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of a direct clash between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over the strategic northern town.

IS kills 45 pro-regime fighters in east Syria assault: monitor

Beirut - An offensive by the Islamic State jihadist group in eastern Syria has left at least 45 pro-regime fighters dead, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Syria Kurds say to pull forces from flashpoint town of Manbij

Beirut - A powerful Syrian Kurdish militia announced Tuesday it will withdraw from Manbij, a day after key brokers Ankara and Washington held talks on the fate of the strategic town.

US-led coalition committed 'potential war crimes' in Syria: Amnesty

London - The US-led military campaign to oust the Islamic State (IS) group from the Syrian city of Raqa in 2017 killed hundreds of civilians in indiscriminate bombing, amounting to possible war crimes, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

US boycotts world disarmament body over Syria presidency

Geneva - The United States said it would boycott Tuesday's session of the Conference on Disarmament amid fears that Syria is using its presidency of the body to "normalise" the regime.

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.

In war-torn Syria, 'cat man' starts rare animal clinic

Kafer Halab - At an unlikely cat shelter in rebel-held northern Syria, Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel gently holds a feline patient on her back as an ultrasound probe is rolled across her pregnant belly.

Syria's Assad to meet Kim in North Korea: KCNA

Seoul - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang's state media reported Sunday, potentially becoming the first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country.

Syria FM links talks on south to US withdrawal from border area

Damascus - Syria's foreign minister on Saturday linked any talks on the future of a rebel-held southern region with the departure of US forces from another area bordering Iraq and Jordan.

Erdogan hosts Putin's Syria envoy as cooperation tightens

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks Thursday with the envoy on Syria of Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin official's second visit to Ankara in a week as cooperation deepens.
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