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In Latest Stories
August 13, 2018 2:57 am gmt |
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At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. Doze...
In World
May 7, 2018 3:30 am gmt |
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After seven years of being a site of danger and death, eastern Damascus’ Abbasiyn square hosted a concert on Sunday (May 6) to commemorate the national holiday of Martyrs’ Day and celebrate the Syrian army’s recapture of eastern Ghouta. Hundreds of Syrians gathered in the square, on...
In Syria
April 23, 2018 3:12 am gmt |
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Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations on Sunday (April 22) discussed ways to pressure Russia on conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, which have badly tarnished Moscow’s ties with the West. It is the first high-level meeting of the allies since the United States, Fr...
In America
April 15, 2018 3:38 am gmt |
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The Pentagon said on Saturday that U.S. strikes in Syria overnight had successfully hit every target and were aimed to deliver an unambiguous signal to the Syrian government and deter the future use of chemical weapons. Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters at a briefing that the stri...
In America
April 14, 2018 3:54 am gmt |
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The United States on Friday (April 13) blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russia for failing to stop its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As the prospect of U.S.-led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russia hung over the...
In Britain
April 11, 2018 7:42 am gmt |
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The British government is discussing military intervention with its allies in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said on Tuesday (April 10). Asked whether she supported military intervention after the att...
In Syria
March 21, 2018 3:06 am gmt |
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Thirty five people were killed when a rebel rocket shell hit a crowded marketplace Tuesday east of the Syrian capital Damascus. The improvised rocket hit the Kashkoul marketplace east of Damascus, also leaving many more people wounded. The attack is one of the deadliest caused by rebels’ rocket...
In World
March 20, 2018 3:31 am gmt |
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein slammed the Security Council after Russia on Monday (March 19) blocked a meeting to discuss the human rights situation in Syria. “If the Security Council’s role in upholding the charter and human rights across the world i...
In Latest Stories
March 15, 2018 3:34 am gmt |
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Syria could see “tremendous battles” for two remaining rebel enclaves even once a government onslaught on the last insurgent pocket near Damascus is over, a senior United Nations (U.N.) adviser said on Wednesday (March 14). International attention has focused on the battle for besieged ea...
In World
March 11, 2018 10:04 am gmt |
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The Syrian government said on Saturday (March 10) that there was no justification for any state to threaten or attack the country and denied the existence of chemical weapons Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told a news conference: “We absolutely deny the existence of any chemical weapons,...
In Latest Stories
March 2, 2018 5:48 am gmt |
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A demonstration was staged in Jaffna yesterday over the civilian deaths as a result of the war in Syria. Those who participated in the protest said that Syria must not become another Sri Lanka where hundreds were killed during the final stages of the war. Airstrikes, shellings and the reported use of...
In Latest Stories
February 22, 2018 10:17 am gmt |
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday (February 21) for an “immediate suspension of all war activities in eastern Ghouta“. Speaking to the U.N. Security Council Guterres said residents were living in “hell on earth”. Residents of Syria’s eastern G...
In Latest Stories
February 20, 2018 6:28 am gmt |
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A surge in attacks by the Syrian government and its allies killed 94 people in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus in 24 hours, a war monitoring group said on Monday (February 19). Air strikes, rocket fire and shelling on several parts of the besieged suburbs also wounded 325 people, t...
In World
January 27, 2018 4:07 am gmt |
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The Syrian opposition will not attend a peace conference Russia is hosting next week, a spokesman said on Saturday, dismissing the meeting as an attempt by the Syrian government’s close ally to “sideline” the current United Nations peace process. He was speaking at the end of two days of U.N.-brokere...
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...