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In World
November 14, 2017 8:18 am gmt |
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Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch began a historic visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday (November 13) under heightened scrutiny amid political tensions that have thrust his country back to the forefront of the conflict between the Sunni kingdom and Shi’ite rival Iran. Patriarch Beshara al...
In World
November 14, 2017 5:17 am gmt |
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Dozens of people were killed and wounded after several air strikes targeted a busy market in the Syrian city of Atareb west of Aleppo on Monday (November 13), Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. At least 29 people, including five children, were killed and dozens injured when the p...
In World
November 8, 2017 4:57 am gmt |
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Russia rejected on Tuesday (November 7) a report by an international inquiry blaming the Syrian government for a deadly toxic gas attack, casting doubt on whether the U.N. Security Council can agree to extend the investigation’s mandate before it expires next week. Russia vetoed an initial U.S....
In World
August 25, 2017 6:10 am gmt |
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The United Nations called on Thursday (August 24) for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape the Syrian city of Raqqa, and urged the U.S.-led coalition to rein in air strikes that have caused casualties. “Boats on the Euphrates must not be attacked, people...
In Britain
April 7, 2017 11:49 am gmt |
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The UK says it “fully supports” the US missile strike in Syria and has urged Russia to put more pressure on the Assad regime to end the civil war. The US targeted an air base it says was responsible for a chemical attack which killed dozens of civilians. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon s...
In World
February 3, 2017 12:56 pm gmt |
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The Syrian city of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) group, is reported to have had its water supply cut off. The main pipeline has been damaged after US air strikes, according to IS and anti-IS activists. Syrian rebels backed by the US-led coalition are on the offensive, in a effort to c...
In World
January 25, 2017 7:54 am gmt |
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Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to bolster a shaky ceasefire in Syria at the end of the two-day talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Tuesday. The three main sponsors of the latest negotiations announced in a final statement the creation of a trilateral monitoring mechanism to ensure full complianc...
In Europe
January 19, 2017 10:09 am gmt |
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Russia and Turkey conducted their first joint airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria on Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry said. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff said at a press briefing that altogether 17 Russian and Turkish aircra...
In Canada
January 4, 2017 11:17 am gmt |
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An Edmonton man has been killed in an ISIS attack while fighting for the YPG Kurdish forces in Syria, according to YPG officials. Nazzareno Tassone, 24, was killed Dec. 21 near Raqqa, Syria, his family and YPG officials say. Nazzareno Tassone’s younger sister, Giustina Tassone, said leaders fro...
In Europe
December 28, 2016 11:57 am gmt |
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (December 27) he has evidence that U.S.-led coalition forces give support to militant groups in Syria including Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups, the YPG and PYD. “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State),” he told...
In Middle East
December 26, 2016 9:53 am gmt |
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Displaced Syrians were facing wintry conditions in makeshift camps, according to video uploaded to social media websites on Sunday (December 25). “We have been displaced for two years at place here. The land is agricultural as you can see and it is unsuitable to live on. Despite that, we were f...
In Europe
December 14, 2016 7:30 am gmt |
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Two men involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks have been killed in Syria in a US air strike, officials say. The men, named in a Pentagon statement as Salah Gourmat and Sammy Djedou, were members of so-called Islamic State. A third member of the group, linked to a failed terror plot in Belgium in...
In Britain
December 11, 2016 7:22 am gmt |
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Human rights campaigners have disrupted a Jeremy Corbyn speech, in protest at Labour’s response to the war in Syria. They stood in front of the Labour leader, and held up posters calling for aid drops and sanctions against Russia, as he began a speech on human rights. Peter Tatchell, who led th...
In Middle East
November 16, 2016 7:41 am gmt |
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Bashar al-Assad said Mr Trump would be a “natural ally” if he fulfilled a campaign pledge to fight terrorism. But he said it was “dubious” whether Mr Trump could “live up to his promises”. Mr Trump had previously said it was “madness” to oppose both Syr...
In Middle East
October 9, 2016 7:12 am gmt |
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So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled, new data shows. Security and defence analysts IHS say the group’s control has shrunk by 28% since its height in January 2015. In the first nine months of this year, IS’ territory fell from 78,00...
In America
October 5, 2016 11:38 am gmt |
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The U.S. State Department announced the suspension of ceasefire talks with Russia in war-torn Syria on Monday, which may give rise to further complications, according to Syrian political analysts. Since September 20, the Syrian government’s forces and the Russian air force escalated their actio...
In Latest Stories
September 20, 2016 7:32 am gmt |
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An aid convoy carrying life-saving aid to 78,000 people was attacked near the Syrian city of Aleppo Monday, according to the United Nations. The US government has expressed “outrage” over the attack, a war monitor says, left 12 dead. At least 18 of 31 trucks in the convoy were hit while p...
In Middle East
September 13, 2016 10:09 am gmt |
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Two people were killed in Syrian air strikes ahead of a planned cessation of hostilities across the country on Monday (September 12), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A nationwide ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Monday, the seco...
In Europe
September 6, 2016 10:29 am gmt |
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Portuguese Maritime Police rescued 38 migrants including several babies and infants from a dinghy in the Aegean sea on Sunday (September 4). Among the rescued migrants were four babies, one just two months old, several young children, a pregnant woman and elderly people. The rescued migrants said the...