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Two die as mortar drops near opera house

Sunday 6 April 2014 13:48

Two people were killed when mortar fire hit the grounds of the Damascus Opera House in the Syrian capital, state media said on Sunday.

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At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's 3 year civil war
More death tolls in Syria's civil war

Tuesday 1 April 2014 14:39

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's 3 year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

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Patriotic young Lebanese say the battle to stay is lost

Friday 28 March 2014 19:03

In both war and peace, Lebanon has always seen many of its ambitious youth leave for better opportunities.

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Amnesty International's report on Sudan's situation includes first-hand testimony from the recent wave of victims
Sudan human rights situation dire

Sunday 23 March 2014 14:37

The human rights situation in Darfur remains dire, more than a decade after the start of the conflict in the western Sudan region.

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Syrian forces enter rebel stronghold near Lebanese border

Saturday 15 March 2014 15:43

Syrian soldiers entered eastern districts of the town of Yabroud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, on Saturday and advanced towards the main street.

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World powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes - UN

Wednesday 5 March 2014 17:39

United Nations says say all sides in Syria's civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish civilians and big powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist.

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Syrian rebel, friend of al Qaeda leader, killed by rival Islamists

Monday 24 February 2014 06:59

A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack on Sunday.

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Syrian Kurds take town from Islamists

Saturday 22 February 2014 19:46

A Kurdish group captured a town in Syria from Islamists on Saturday in a battle in which at least 28 fighters were killed, most of them Islamists.

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This further backing from Tehran, along with deliveries of munitions and equipment from Moscow, is helping to keep Assad in power.
Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad

Friday 21 February 2014 14:52

As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops.

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'Powerful new cluster bombs used in Syria'

Wednesday 19 February 2014 20:19

The Syrian military has begun targeting opposition areas with a new type of cluster munitions rockets which is larger and more powerful than others in its arsenal.

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Brahimi apologizes to Syrian people for lack of peace progress

Saturday 15 February 2014 17:19

International mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress at peace talks in Geneva.

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Al Qaeda splinter group executes 21 in Syria -report

Friday 14 February 2014 19:05

An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria executed at least 21 people including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives, a monitoring group said on Friday.

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UN, Red Crescent resume Homs aid operation

Sunday 9 February 2014 15:56

Aid workers resumed humanitarian operations in Homs, Syria, on Sunday.

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says the attacks indicate aid workers were deliberately targeted
UN disappointed by attack on Syria aid convoy

Sunday 9 February 2014 09:45

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed deep disappointment on Saturday after an aid convoy came under fire in a besieged rebel district of the Syrian city Homs.

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Syria's third biggest city, Homs has been reduced to rubble and people inside are under siege, cut off from supplies.
Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city 'starves'

Tuesday 28 January 2014 06:21

The US on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian civil war foes meet for first time, focus on aid

Sunday 26 January 2014 06:48

Syria's civil war foes held their first face-to-face meetings on Saturday, launching talks aimed at ending nearly three years of conflict which has killed 130,000 people.

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Friday was meant to be the first time in three years of war that Assad's government and foes would negotiate face to face
Syria peace talks near collapse before they begin

Friday 24 January 2014 17:34

Syria's first peace talks came close to collapsing before they began on Friday.

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Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday.
Syrian opposition demands a future without Assad

Friday 24 January 2014 06:51

Syria's opposition leader laid out his demands for talks on ending his country's civil war, calling for the creation of a transitional government that does not include President Bashar al-Assad.

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UN chief invites Iran to Geneva

Monday 20 January 2014 06:24

Syria's political opposition said on Monday it will withdraw from international peace talks scheduled this week unless United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon retracts an invitation to Iran.

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Damascus says West reaches out on security

Wednesday 15 January 2014 18:16

Some Western nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have discussed security cooperation with his government, Syria said on Wednesday.

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