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Infamous Australian IS fighter 'likely' dead: minister

Sydney - Canberra said Thursday there was a "high probability" a notorious Islamic State fighter from Australia and two of his children had been killed in a US airstrike in Syria.

Iran general slams Iraq referendum plan during Erdogan talks

Ankara - Iran's Armed Forces chief of staff said Wednesday after talks with Turkey's president that a referendum on independence in Iraq's Kurdish region would trigger conflict and negative consequences for the entire region.

Syrian rebels say they downed regime plane, captured pilot

Birut - A Syrian rebel group said it shot down a government warplane on Tuesday and captured its pilot alive near a ceasefire zone in the war-ravaged country's south.

Civilians in eastern Syria flee IS conscription

- The Islamic State group order that prompted Mahmud al-Ali to flee his town was simple: "All young men aged 20 to 30 years old must enlist to fight throughout Syria.

Conflicts in Syria, Iraq far from over despite IS setbacks

Baghdad - Despite the recapture of swathes of territory from the Islamic State group, the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are far from over as their governments face major political challenges, experts warn.

Rescued Aleppo lion gives birth after Jordan move

Istanbul - A charity has successfully transferred 13 animals to a new home in Jordan via Turkey from a neglected Syrian zoo, including a lioness who gave birth to a healthy cub just hours after arriving, it said Monday.

Enough evidence to convict Syria's Assad of war crimes: prosecutor

Geneva - A UN commission probing Syria rights abuses has gathered enough evidence to convict President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes, an outgoing member of the commission said in interviews published Sunday.

Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor

Birut - A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said Sunday.

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Idlib - On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year.

UN concerned over tens of thousands trapped in Raqa battle

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday urged those fighting in Syria's Raqa to remember "obligations to protect civilians," voicing concern over the tens of thousands of people still trapped without access to aid.

Rosary in hand, Christians flee Syria's IS-held Raqa

Ak - Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived in fear for years as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa. On Tuesday she fled, clutching her rosary.

Besieged Syria town swaps meat for mushrooms

Duma - In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

Anti-IS operations enter fourth year

Washington - The US-led coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria enters its fourth year this week, and the Pentagon believes the jihadists' defeat is inevitable.On August 8, 2014 two FA-18 jets launched from the USS George W.

UN chief: Syria probe must continue despite prosecutor's resignation

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said a UN commission probing war crimes in Syria should continue its work despite the resignation of prosecutor Carla Del Ponte from the panel.

Syria's traditional oud-making on the decline

Damascus - Antoun Tawil, one of Syria's last traditional lute makers, waits in vain in his Damascus workshop for orders of the oud, an instrument his country was once renowned for producing.

Veteran prosecutor to quit UN Syria probe that 'does nothing'

Geneva - Veteran former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is on a UN commission probing rights abuses in Syria, has said she intends to resign because the body "does absolutely nothing".

Syria national basketball team hoops against the odds

Damascus - Khalil Khoury dribbles a basketball deftly down the dilapidated gym where he and the rest of the Syrian national team train, passing it through his legs before a silky-smooth lay-up.

Syria army takes last IS-held town in Homs: monitor

Ceylan - Syria's army seized the last Islamic State group stronghold in the country's Homs province on Saturday, clearing their path to attack the jihadists in the country's east, a monitor said.

Truce in Syria's Homs province after safe zone agreed

Birut - A ceasefire between government forces and rebels went into effect in part of central Syria on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on a safe zone.

Truce in Syria's Homs province after safe zone agreed: Russia

Moscow - Syrian regime forces and "moderate" rebels will cease fire in northern parts of Homs province on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on implementing a third safe zone, Moscow said.

Cyberactivist secretly executed in Syria detention: widow

Birut - A prominent cyberactivist who was detained on the first anniversary of the 2011 uprising that sparked the Syrian civil war was secretly executed nearly two years ago, his widow said.

Digital games improve mental health of refugees

Ankara - Digital platforms can help refugee children to better assimilate into a new society, helping with language and education, and also in addressing the mental health issues that inevitably accompany the traumas of escape.

Clooneys to help 3,000 Syrian children in Lebanon

New York - George and Amal Clooney plan to help nearly 3,000 Syrian refugee children go to school this year in Lebanon, where the United Nations says around 200,000 Syrian refugee children are out of education.

Food access in Syria's Raqa at 'critical turning point': NGOs

Birut - Food access in Syria's battle-torn Raqa is now at "a critical turning point," aid organisations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles.

Turkey arrests 3 soldiers 'who beat Syrians on border'

Istanbul - A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday.

Besieged Syria area gets first aid in 5 years: UN

Birut - A region besieged by the regime forces east of Syria's capital on Sunday received UN aid for the first time in five years, a UN source said.

Squeezed in Raqa, IS jihadists ramp up counter-attacks

Ak - As Islamic State group fighters steadily lose chunks of their Syrian bastion Raqa to a US-backed force, the jihadists are ramping up the ferocity of their counter-attacks.

Syria army at gates of IS-held town on road to east: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army has reached the last jihadist-held town on the road to its besieged garrison in the east, a monitoring group said on Friday.

Animals evacuated to Turkey from 'neglected' Syria zoo

Istanbul - An international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria.

Despite de-escalation deal, Syrians still waiting for aid: UN

New York - Nearly three months after Russia, Iran and Turkey reached a deal on de-escalating the war in Syria, hundreds of thousands of civilians have yet to receive desperately needed aid, a senior UN official said Thursday.
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