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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past? [Video]

Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past?

In this vast plain of the Al Harrah desert, stretching from Syria across north-eastern Jordan and into Saudi Arabia, ancient drawings are carved into volcanic basalt rock.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:01Published

Syria-Russia alliance targeted civilians in Idlib: HRW report [Video]

Syria-Russia alliance targeted civilians in Idlib: HRW report

The New York-based watchdog says the targeting of civilians by the Syrian-Russian alliance may amount to crimes against humanity.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published
'We don't have Syrian mercenaries': Ilham Aliyev speaks to France 24 [Video]

'We don't have Syrian mercenaries': Ilham Aliyev speaks to France 24

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 00:45Published
Syria's eggplant dish survives economic crisis [Video]

Syria's eggplant dish survives economic crisis

Every year, Syrian housewife and mother of two, Janette Elias, buys enough aubergines to make a year's supply of the famous local dish 'Makdous'. But this year, as economic burdens pile and sanctions..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published
Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp [Video]

Syria's Kurds to allow families of IS fighters to leave squalid camp

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:31Published
US brings charges against British suspected IS terrorists [Video]

US brings charges against British suspected IS terrorists

Two British suspected terrorists are facing charges in the US over thebeheading of Western hostages. The US Justice Department announced the chargesagainst Alexanda Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 02:11Published
Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests [Video]

Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests

Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 82 people including members of a pro-Kurdish opposition party. The warrants are in relation to violent protests from 2014 against the siege by Islamic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published
Thousands take to streets in Germany to demand EU action over Moria migrants [Video]

Thousands take to streets in Germany to demand EU action over Moria migrants

The aunt of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean in 2015, joined protesters in Berlin to urge politicians to act.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:33Published
Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus [Video]

Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus

For years the desperate migrants who boarded small boats on Lebanon's northern coast were mostly Syrians or Palestinians. But with Lebanon in freefall, it's citizens have started joining the ranks of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published
Lebanon marks 100 years in turmoil [Video]

Lebanon marks 100 years in turmoil

The deadly Beirut port blast on August 4 this year set the tone for a subdued 100 year anniversary for the state of Lebanon. Megan Revell looks back at a century of hope and despair.

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Syria conflict: Hundreds mourn assassinated Damascus mufti

Sheikh Mohammad Adnan al-Afiyuni, a key mediator with Syrian rebels, was killed by a car bomb.
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Orphaned Syrian child reunited with family in Canada

The girl's family had accused the Canadian government of not doing enough to bring her back.
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UK sends US evidence on Islamic State 'Beatles'

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of killing Western hostages in Iraq and Syria.
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Syria war: US deploys extra troops to Syria after Russia clashes

A US official says the move sends a "signal to Russia" to avoid "provocative actions" in Syria.
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Migrant crisis 2015: What happened to Nujeen Mustafa?

Nujeen fled war in Syria, and crossed Europe in her wheelchair in 2015, but where is she now?
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Mourning migrant workers killed in Beirut blast

The emotional impact of the city's deadly port explosion has been felt as far away as Ethiopia and Syria.
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Turkey detains top Islamic State commander in raid

The suspect had received orders from Syria and Iraq to carry out an attack, the government says.
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Syria war: Russian and US military vehicles collide in Syria

A video shows a Russian vehicle ramming a US armoured car in the desert.
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Syrian refugees left feeling helpless - again - by Beirut blast

Thousands of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon were among those worst affected by the disaster.
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Syrian refugee calls for compassion towards migrants in emotional plea projected onto White Cliffs of Dover

NHS cleaner shares experience of 'terrifying and devastating' journey to UK
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‘Don’t we owe these children a duty of care?’

The London grandmother who wants her grandchildren to return from Kurdish-run camps in Syria.
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Israel strikes Syrian army bases after Golan Heights attack

The IDF confirmed the strikes were in retaliation against an attempted bombing in Golan Heights.
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Shamima Begum: Government wins permission to appeal against ruling that Isis bride should return to UK

Begum to remain in Syria aas previous judgment 'stayed' until Supreme Court considers case
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Ten men convicted over gang rape in Germany

Syrian refugees are found guilty over an attack that fuelled anti-foreigner sentiment.
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Abood Hamam: 'A picture can kill you or save your life'

For years Abood Hamam sent war photos out of Syria anonymously. Now he's using his name, and urging exiles to return.
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Shamima Begum: Leaving Isis Britons in Syrian camps could be more dangerous than allowing them into UK, government warned

Ministers accused of 'putting their heads in the sand' on threat posed by terrorists detained in unstable foreign camps
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Shamima Begum: Other Isis prisoners in Syria may attempt to return to UK for citizenship battles after court ruling

Sajid Javid says allowing jihadis into Britain for appeals 'would create a national security risk that cannot be fully mitigated'
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IS girl can return to fight for citizenship

The 20-year-old, who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group, was stripped of her citizenship in 2019.
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Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight citizenship, Court of Appeal rules

The 20-year-old, who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group, was stripped of her citizenship in 2019.
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Rouaa’s story: From Syrian refugee to UK schoolgirl

The BBC's Caroline Hawley follows Syrian refugee Rouaa to her new home, four years after first meeting her in Lebanon.
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Ishak Mostefaoui: London student who joined Isis 'dies in Syrian jail'

Captured jihadi previously told The Independent he was ready to serve prison time in UK for terror offences
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British IS prisoner 'killed in Syria'

A London man becomes the first British IS-supporter to die in Syrian Democratic Forces custody.
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Syria: Russia and China veto last-ditch aid extension deal

The Russians argue that aid for Syria should be channelled through their ally, the Syrian government.
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Coronavirus: Idlib's first Covid-19 case raises fears for Syria camps

Aid groups say the first case is "a major blow" for huge numbers of refugees in north-west Syria.
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Syria conflict: 'Flagrant' war crimes committed in Idlib battle, UN says

Syrian civilians endured "unfathomable suffering" at the hands of troops and jihadists, the UN says.
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Daniel Burke: Terror charges dropped against British ex-soldier who fought against Isis in Syria

Prosecutors have dropped terror charges against a former British Army soldier who volunteered with Kudish fighters in Syria.
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Father and son 'left in limbo' by failed terror case

All Britons accused of terror offences linked to a Kurdish militia in Syria have been cleared.
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Children held in Islamic State group camps 'are a time bomb'

The Islamic State group says it will try to free women and children from detention camps in Syria.
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Facebook bans 'loot-to-order' antiquities trade

The move follows a BBC investigation into items looted in Syria and Iraq being sold on Facebook.
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U.N. mulls proposal to reopen Iraq crossing for pandemic aid to Syria

The United Nations Security Council is considered a proposal to reopen a border crossing from Iraq into Syria for six months to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to help millions of Syrian..
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Iran rejects U.S. sanctions on Syria, vows to boost trade with ally

Iran on Thursday condemned as inhumane a fresh round of U.S. sanctions against its regional ally Syria and said it would expand its trade ties with Damascus.
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In rebel Syria, some welcome sanctions but fear for economy

In the last bastion of the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, Syrians who fled his rule see new U.S. sanctions as a step in the right direction but say they must be shielded from any fallout..
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Syria says new tougher U.S. sanctions breach international law

Syria said Washington's toughest sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's government, which came to effect on Wednesday, violated international law.
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French court finds Bashar al-Assad's uncle guilty of property fraud

The exiled uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was found guilty on Wednesday of acquiring millions of euros worth of French property using funds diverted from the Syrian state, and sentenced to..
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U.S. hits Syria with toughest sanctions yet to push Assad to end war

The United States on Wednesday imposed its toughest sanctions ever targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to choke off revenue for his government in a bid to force it back to United Nations-led..
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Bashar al-Assad's uncle has £26m London property seized in fraud case

A French court has ordered the seizure of a £26m London property belonging to the uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad after he was found guilty of fraud.
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Syrian president's uncle jailed for money laundering

Rifaat al-Assad is sentenced to four years for laundering money to build a French property empire.
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Syria war: New US sanctions target Assad government's foreign backers

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The United States will impose sanctions on Wednesday aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government in a bid to push it back into United Nations-led negotiations and..
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For Syrian family with 16 children, life at Turkish border only gets harder

Providing for 16 children including four sets of twins is only getting harder for Ahmad Yassin al-Ali and his wife Fawza Umri, Syrians who were forced to flee their home nearly a decade ago and are now..
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The toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Syria take effect this week, increasing the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad as he grapples with a deepening economic crisis after a decade of war.
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Somehow, things are getting even worse in Syria

Syria's economy is spiralling rapidly downward and its people are going hungry, writes Jeremy Bowen.
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Turkey and Russia put off talks expected to tackle Libya and Syria

Russia and Turkey have postponed ministerial-level talks which were expected to focus on Libya and Syria, where the two countries support opposing sides in long-standing conflicts.
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Protests against racism triggered by the death of African American George Floyd have inspired art around the world, from murals in Syria and Pakistan to graffiti in Nairobi.
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Syria's Assad removes prime minister as economic hardship grows

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Thursday dismissed prime minister Imad Khamis, state media said, in a move that follows weeks of deepening economic hardship and a rare outbreak of anti-Assad..
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Syria's Assad replaces prime minister: state media

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Thursday removed prime minister Imad Khamis from the post he has occupied since 2016, state media said, in a move that follows weeks of deepening economic..
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Syria war: Druze city of Suweida rocked by rare anti-Assad protests

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Protests hit Druze city in Syria for fourth day

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Turkey says radical groups trying to disrupt Idlib ceasefire

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Erdogan says will not let Syria's Idlib become conflict zone again

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