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Chemical weapons watchdog weighs Syria sanctions

Den Haag - World powers urged the global chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday to hit Syria with unprecedented sanctions for alleged toxic gas attacks and for failing to declare its arsenal.

War-torn Syria to hold presidential vote on May 26

Damascus - Syria will hold a presidential election on May 26 that is expected to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in the country devastated by a decade of civil war.

Syria reporters start Spain's first refugee-led news site

Madrid - Before arriving in Madrid, Muhammed, Ayham, Okba and Moussa honed their skills as journalists during Syria's bloody civil war and now they have opened Spain's first refugee-led digital magazine.

Syria used chemical weapons in 2018 attack: OPCW probe

Den Haag - The Syrian regime's air force used the chemical weapon chlorine in an attack on the town of Saraqib in 2018, the global toxic arms watchdog said on Monday after an investigation.

Covid overwhelms ICUs in Syrian capital

Damascus - Inside the emergency room of a hospital of the Syrian capital, an elderly woman with Covid-19 waited for a bed at an intensive care unit packed with coronavirus patients.

UN chief says Syria border must stay open for aid

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that a closure of the last remaining border crossing into Syria would halt the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines across the northwest of the country.

Donors face $10 bn aid appeal at Syria conference

Apo - International donors on Tuesday pushed to meet a United Nations goal of $10 billion in aid for Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries, as demands for assistance rise after a decade of conflict.

Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families

Beirut - Kurdish forces made dozens of arrests in a security operation launched Sunday in a camp for suspected family members of Islamic State group militants in northeast Syria, a war monitor and Kurdish officials said.

Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families

Beirut - Kurdish forces made dozens of arrests in a security operation launched Sunday in a camp for suspected family members of Islamic State group militants in northeast Syria, a war monitor and Kurdish officials said.

European jihadists' children 'at risk of radicalisation'

Apo - The children of European jihadists left trapped in a Syrian camp after their fathers' defeat on the battlefield now face radicalisation in their turn, a Belgian expert warns.

'Caliphate' or not, Islamic State expands its reach

Paris - In the two years since Kurdish forces wrested away the Islamic State's last Syrian bastion, the jihadist group has proved it does not need a stronghold to pose a potent threat in more countries than ever.

'IS brides' open up in Syria camp documentary at SXSW

Los Angeles - "Okay, um... My name's Shamima. I'm from the UK. I'm 19."Spoken with a nervous laugh, the introduction to a room full of women and restless babies could be the start of any young mothers' support group.

'IS brides' open up in Syria camp documentary at SXSW

Los Angeles - "Okay, um... My name's Shamima. I'm from the UK. I'm 19."Spoken with a nervous laugh, the introduction to a room full of women and restless babies could be the start of any young mothers' support group.

US slams Syria election at UN on 10th anniversary of war's start

New York - The US ambassador to the United Nations urged the international community not to "be fooled" by Syria's forthcoming presidential election during a Security Council meeting Monday on the 10th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Activists file Syria torture case against Russian mercenaries

Moscow - Three campaign groups announced on Monday a landmark legal case in Moscow against Russian mercenary group Wagner over the torture of a detainee in Syria, aiming to hold to account a murky fighting force with Kremlin links.

Timeline: Ten years of war in Syria

Paris - Syria's decade-long war has left more than 380,000 people dead and forced millions into exile.Here is a summary of the main events in the conflict, which has drawn in a host of regional and international powers.

Then and now: 10 Syrians recount a decade of war in pictures

Damascus - Samer became paralysed, Bakri had a leg amputated and Rukaia fled to France: a decade of civil war in Syria has devastated millions of lives.

Syrian 'father of martyrs' raises orphaned grandchildren

- Syria's war robbed 83-year-old Abderrazaq Khatoun of 13 of his children and one of his wives, but he was forced to overcome his grief quickly to raise 11 orphaned grandchildren.

Syrian heritage suffered 'cultural apocalypse'

Palmyra - A decade of war has not only destroyed Syria's present and poisoned its future, it has damaged beyond repair some of its fabled past.

For Syrians, the road to justice begins in Europe

Koblenz - Wassim Mukdad has carried a deep darkness inside of him since his native Syria slipped into an abyss of conflict and terror.

Syria's Assad set for election win 10 years after start of war

- A decade of war may have ravaged his country, but Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has clung to power and looks determined to cement his position in presidential elections this year.

Activists in race to save digital trace of Syria war

Beirut - From videos of deadly air strikes to jihadist takeovers, Al-Mutez Billah's YouTube page served as a digital archive of the Syrian war until automated takedown software in 2017 erased it permanently.

With heavy hearts, Syrians in Turkey pursue new lives

Gaziantep - Some are coping, others struggling, but Syrian refugees in Turkey say they dare not follow their dreams and return home while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.Of the 5.6 million people who have fled Syria's conflict, more than 3.

Syria's Idlib: What future for the rebel holdout?

Beirut - Ten years into Syria's war, a large patch of territory in the country's northwest controlled by jihadists and allied rebels is still holding out against the Damascus regime.

10 years on, no peace after war in Syria

Beirut - After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy that has made Syria the defining war of the early 21st century, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn't.

Syria Kurds hand 12 children to their Iraqi Yazidi mothers

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds have handed back 12 children of alleged Islamic State members to their mothers from Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Kurdish official said Friday."The children, aged two to five, were all born to Yazidi mothers and fathered by IS members.

Syria camp for IS relatives records 31 murders this year

At least 31 killings have rocked a camp holding Islamic State group relatives in Syria since early January, a Kurdish official said Wednesday, with aid groups warning of a "nightmare".

UK Supreme Court rejects IS bride's legal bid to return

London - Britain's highest court on Friday rejected a bid by a woman who was stripped of her UK citizenship for joining the Islamic State group to return to challenge the decision.

UK Supreme Court to rule on return of 'IS bride' Begum

London - Britain's highest court will rule Friday whether Shamima Begum, a woman stripped of her UK citizenship for joining the Islamic State group in Syria, can return to challenge the decision.

US strikes Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden first

Beirut - The US military has struck Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria, killing at least 22 fighters according to a war monitor, in what the Pentagon said was a message from the new administration after recent rocket attacks targeting US troops in Iraq.
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The Iraq army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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Israel in winter
Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdulla...
Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdullah al-Zoubi (pictured) as well as several members of his family”
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Hala and Khalid, thought to be the youngest couple to be engaged on their own free will
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U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas atta...
U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
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A Syrian boy who recently fled from Syria displays a drawing of the Syrian opposition flag on his fa...
A Syrian boy who recently fled from Syria displays a drawing of the Syrian opposition flag on his face
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Free Syrian Army soldiers being transported by pick up truck (20 August 2012).
Free Syrian Army soldiers being transported by pick up truck (20 August 2012).
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Bashar al-Assad  President of Syria  reviewing the military guard of honour
Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, reviewing the military guard of honour
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A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas i...
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto s Old City Hall for a Syria...
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab  Syria in April  2014  echoing...
Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab, Syria in April, 2014, echoing the Armenian Genocide
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Syrian refugees shout slogans against Assad at Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border
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Syria s commercial hub Aleppo.
Syria's commercial hub Aleppo.
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Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on ...
Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib
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Maj. General Al-Shalal declares his defection from Syria
Maj. General Al-Shalal declares his defection from Syria
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A Syrian flag with the word freedom on it posted on a lamp pole at the corner of Bay and Queen Streets outside of Old City Hall in Toronto.
An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft.  The aging piece of military hard...
An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft. The aging piece of military hardware is currently the premier fighter aircraft of the Syrian Air Force.
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