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Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Syrian regime and Russian air strikes on Saturday killed 19 civilians, eight of them children, in the country's last major opposition bastion, a war monitor said.

'In cold blood': Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish mother Shara Sido says the news came to her via a messaging application. She received an image of a bullet-riddled corpse with the instruction: "Come collect your son.

'Children are innocent': Albanians beg for return of IS youngsters

Tirana - After media interest helped mobilise the evacuation of an Albanian boy from northern Syria last month, families of other children of Islamic State fighters are pleading with Tirana to redouble its efforts and bring the rest home.

Plummeting Syrian pound hits new black market low

Damascus - The value of the Syrian pound on the black market sank to 1,000 to the dollar at some money changers Tuesday, marking a new record low for the nosediving currency.

Thirty killed across Syria as violence rages

Sar - Air strikes killed 19 civilians Monday in Syria's last major opposition bastion, the site of the deadliest clashes between regime forces and armed groups since an August ceasefire came into force, a monitoring group said.

Russia loses bid to block new Syria chemical weapons probe

Den Haag - A bid by Russia to block funding for a new team that will identify culprits behind toxic attacks in Syria failed Thursday with member states at the global chemical watchdog overwhelmingly approving a new budget.

113 Syrian refugees welcomed in Italy

Rome - More than a hundred Syrian refugees arrived in Rome on Wednesday, the latest wave of refugees from the war-torn country to be escorted to safety in Europe.

Chemical warfare watchdog defends Syria report

Den Haag - The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Monday defended a report into an alleged chlorine attack in Syria, despite a whistleblower's allegations of a cover-up.

Spain mulls $660 mn graft case against uncle of Syria's Assad

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court is mulling legal action against President Bashar al-Assad's uncle for laundering hundreds of millions of euros taken from Syrian state coffers, legal documents showed Friday.

Israeli air strikes kill 23 in Syria: monitor

Jerusalem - Israel said its warplanes carried out a "very intense" attack against Iranian forces and Syrian army targets in Syria Wednesday, in raids a monitoring group reported killed at least 23 people.

Israel intercepts rocket fire from Syria, reportedly hits back

Jerusalem - Israel's air defences intercepted four rockets fired from neighbouring Syria on Tuesday, the army said, prompting reported retaliatory missile strikes against the source of the fire.

In northeast Syria, last Assyrians fear Turkish advance

- Since fleeing her hometown in northeastern Syria, Suad Simon prays every day for the safety of her husband, who stayed behind with other fighters to defend their majority-Assyrian village.

Car bomb kills 19 in northern Syria: monitor

Beirut - A car bomb killed 19 people, 13 of them civilians, in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria on Saturday, a war monitor said.

50,000 migrants expelled from Istanbul since July

Istanbul - Turkey said Friday it had expelled close to 50,000 migrants from Istanbul, including more than 6,000 Syrians, since the start of a crackdown on undocumented immigration.

Judge agrees Alabama Islamic State recruit is not US citizen

Washington - A judge agreed Thursday with President Donald Trump's administration that an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group was not a US citizen, leaving the 25-year-old and her son in limbo in Syria.

Judge agrees Alabama Islamic State recruit is not US citizen

Washington - A judge agreed Thursday with President Donald Trump's administration that an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group was not a US citizen, leaving the 25-year-old and her son in limbo in Syria.

US, Europeans clash on jihadists' fate in Islamic State talks

Washington - The United States and its European allies clashed Thursday over what to do with thousands of jihadists jailed in Syria, with Washington calling a French proposal to try fighters in Iraq "irresponsible.

US gives assurances on Islamic State fight but asks allies for more

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised allies Thursday that the United States would keep up the fight against the Islamic State but demanded action from them in turn, including the repatriation of thousands of jihadists from Syria.

Pompeo: US 'will continue to lead' against IS

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Thursday that the United States will keep fighting the Islamic State group, reassuring worried allies convened in Washington.

US to keep around 600 troops in Syria: Pentagon chief

Seoul - The United States will maintain around 600 troops in Syria, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Wednesday, despite Donald Trump's desire to end US involvement in what the president calls "endless wars".

Bombings kill six civilians in Syria's main Kurdish city

Kamishli - Three simultaneous bombings killed at least six civilians Monday in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the latest attack to target the de-facto capital of the country's embattled Kurdish minority.

British backer of Syrian White Helmets found dead in Turkey

Istanbul - The British founder of a group that helped establish the Syrian White Helmets rescue organisation has died in Istanbul, his office said on Monday.

Syria puppeteer offers Idlib children breathing space

Sar - Walid Abu Rashed walks past bombed-out buildings in war-torn northwest Syria, carrying a large wooden board and a plastic bag filled with puppets while dozens of children trail behind him.

Top US military official says 500 troops to remain in Syria

Washington - US troop levels in northern Syria will probably stabilize around 500, a top American military leader said Sunday, weeks after President Donald Trump had announced a complete withdrawal.

Car bomb kills 8 in Syria, Turkey says

Istanbul - A car bomb in Syria killed eight people and wounded more than 20 on Sunday in the sector in the north of the country currently under Turkey's control, Ankara said.

Discussions on Syria constitution going 'better than expected': UN

Geneva - A first round of discussions towards amending Syria's constitution went better than anticipated, the UN mediator said Friday, adding that the talks would resume on November 25.

US military ops in Syria getting complicated for Washington

Washington - The Pentagon is facing tough questions about the US military's role in Syria. Troops are now limited to a smaller, tougher to defend zone, and focused on protecting oil fields that legally belong to Damascus.

Kurds hurl rocks at Russian-Turkish Syria patrol

Kurdish protesters hurled rocks Friday at Turkish military vehicles in northeastern Syria during a patrol in which one civilian died when he was run over by a personnel carrier.

Erdogan threatens to open Europe gates for refugees

Budapest - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a visit to EU member Hungary repeated his threat Thursday to "open the gates" for millions of refugees eager to flee to Europe unless more international support was provided.

EU sees 'short window' to decide IS repatriations from Syria

Apo - EU countries have a "short window" to decide whether to repatriate their nationals -- including hundreds of very young children -- held in camps in Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State group, MEPs heard Thursday.
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