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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, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Greece faces fresh calls to probe migrant deaths at its Turkish border [Video]

Greece faces fresh calls to probe migrant deaths at its Turkish border

It comes after a report from research group Forensic Architecture which described as "highly probable" that the Syrian man was shot by Greek soldiers.View on euronews

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U.N labels Syrian, Russian airstrikes war crimes [Video]

U.N labels Syrian, Russian airstrikes war crimes

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday (July 7) in a report..

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Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy [Video]

Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy

Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy

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Syria's war: Families of detainees wait for closure [Video]

Syria's war: Families of detainees wait for closure

Thousands of people are still detained or have been forcibly disappeared by the government since 2011.

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Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown [Video]

Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown

Music and the sound of heels clacking on the hardwood floors of a Syrian dance studio could be heard for the first time in two months, as the government began loosening restrictions aimed at curbing..

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Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria [Video]

Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria

Syrians take on the Turkish lira as the value of their pound plummets.

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Syria's war: Activists call for release of political prisoners [Video]

Syria's war: Activists call for release of political prisoners

UN investigators say tens of thousands of people have disappeared and they may be dead.

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US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday [Video]

US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday

New US sanctions against Syria aim to prevent international engagement with Bashar al-Assad's government.

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UN Syria envoy warns of nationwide economic crisis [Video]

UN Syria envoy warns of nationwide economic crisis

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen says the economic situation for the war-torn country is extremely grave.

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Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy [Video]

Caesar Act: Fresh sanctions on Syria could worsen Lebanon economy

Concerns rise that Lebanon's economic crisis could be worsened by US sanctions targeting Syria's government.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
France repatriates ten children of French jihadists from Syria [Video]

France repatriates ten children of French jihadists from Syria

There might be around 300 children of French jihadists still in refugee camps in north-eastern Syria.View on euronews

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Refugee tents to be replaced with homes in Syria [Video]

Refugee tents to be replaced with homes in Syria

Tents are being replaced by new houses in Syria's war torn Idlib, in a bid to give refugees new homes with better living conditions. Over 120,000 refugees across Syria are expected to benefit from the..

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U.S. hits Syria with toughest sanctions yet [Video]

U.S. hits Syria with toughest sanctions yet

The United States imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Syria on Wednesday, aiming to choke off revenue for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in an effort to force the country back to..

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Can the new US sanctions on Syria bring down Assad’s regime? [Video]

Can the new US sanctions on Syria bring down Assad’s regime?

The Syrian economy is already melting down. Now the toughest US sanctions yet target anyone who does business with the Assad government.View on euronews

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Kurdish women volunteer to protect crops from ISIL [Video]

Kurdish women volunteer to protect crops from ISIL

Kurdish women in Syria take up guns against ISIL fighters targeting their farms.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published
Racial justice signs destined for Smithsonian exhibit [Video]

Racial justice signs destined for Smithsonian exhibit

Following weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody, curators from the Smithsonian in Washington have begun collecting artifacts for an eventual exhibit. Lisa Bernhard..

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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

There are fears the measures will make the plight of ordinary Syrians even more desperate.
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U.S. to impose sanctions aimed at blocking Syria military victory

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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What do new U.S. sanctions mean for Syria?

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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Artists around the world pay tribute to George Floyd

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

The Druze minority has largely stayed on the sidelines as most of the country has waged civil war.
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Protests hit Druze city in Syria for fourth day

Hundreds of Syrians in the mainly Druze city of Sweida took to the streets for a fourth day on Wednesday, protesting worsening economic conditions and demanding the downfall of Syrian President Bashar..
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Turkey says radical groups trying to disrupt Idlib ceasefire

Radical groups in Syria's northwestern Idlib region are trying to disrupt a three-month-old ceasefire reached by Turkey and Russia but the agreement still stands, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar..
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Erdogan says will not let Syria's Idlib become conflict zone again

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Syrian government was increasing provocations in northwest Syria's Idlib region and that Turkey would not allow it to become a conflict zone again.
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Putin and Merkel discuss Syria, Libya, Ukraine in phone call: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Syria's humanitarian aid needs in a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Air strikes break truce in rebel towns in Syria's northwest: witnesses

Military jets on Monday bombed several villages in rebel-held northwestern Syria in the first such air strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal produced a ceasefire over three months ago that halted major..
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Exclusive: Russian hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya accelerated in May

A Russian drive to recruit Syrians to fight in Libya for militia leader Khalifa Haftar accelerated in May when hundreds of mercenaries were signed up, five Syrian opposition sources and a regional..
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Turkish soldier killed, two wounded in Syria's Idlib, defence ministry says

One Turkish soldier was killed and two were wounded in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib on Friday in an attack on an armoured ambulance, Turkey's Defence Ministry said.
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Syrian court orders Syriatel placed under judicial custody

A Syrian court has ordered that Syriatel, owned by prominent businessman Rami Makhlouf, be placed under judicial custody amid a high-profile dispute over arrears, according to a document posted on the..
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Syria says Israeli jets flying over Lebanon raid military base in Hama province

Syria state media said Thursday Israeli jets flying over Lebanon hit military targets in northwestern Hama province causing only material damage, in Israel's latest escalation of raids in the last few..
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Syrian air defences intercept missiles in Hama province: state media

Syrian air defences thwarted an unidentified missile attack on a city in northwestern Hama province, state media said on Thursday.
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Russia sends second batch of fighter jets to Syria: embassy

Russia flew a batch of advanced MiG-29 fighter jets to Syria, Moscow's embassy in Damascus said, with Syrian pilots already using the planes to conduct missions within the country's airspace.
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Russia and Turkey risk turning Libya into another Syria

Gen Haftar's forces have been beaten back from Tripoli but that does not mean peace is at hand.
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Russia to hold talks with Syria about obtaining more facilities, maritime access: Ifax

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's defence and foreign ministries to hold talks with Syria for Moscow to obtain additional facilities and maritime access in Syria, the Interfax news agency..
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Turkish soldier killed in Syria's Idlib after explosion along M4 highway: ministry

A Turkish soldier was killed in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib on Wednesday after an explosion along the M4 highway, Turkey's Defence Ministry said in a statement.
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France sees Syria scenario being replicated in Libya: minister

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said on Wednesday the situation in Libya was very worrying, warning the Syria scenario was being replicated in the country.
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U.S. sanctions advisory raises hurdles for global maritime industry

Ship owners and insurers say it may be impossible for the maritime industry to fully comply with the Trump administration’s new guidelines on how to avoid sanctions penalties related to Iran, North..
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Roadside bomb in Syria's Idlib wounds Turkish soldiers: Demiroren

A roadside bomb exploded in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib as a Turkish military convoy passed by, Demiroren news agency reported on Wednesday.
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Syria eases coronavirus curbs, new cases jump after expats return

Syria said on Monday it would lift an overnight curfew starting Tuesday and allow movement between governorates, easing coronavirus lockdown measures even as the health ministry reported the largest..
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Syria lifts night-time curfew from Tuesday, allows movement between governorates

Syria announced on Monday it will lift a night-time curfew, starting Tuesday evening, and will allow movement between governorates, state television said.
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Syria records 20 new coronavirus cases in largest single-day increase

Syria reported 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the largest single-day increase to date, the health ministry said.
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Trump and Erdogan discuss Libya, Syria in call: Ankara

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan agreed to continue close military and political cooperation in a phone call in which Libya and Syria were discussed, the Turkish..
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Suspect killed in Texas Navy base shooting identified as Syrian-born U.S. citizen

The suspect killed at the scene of Thursday's "terrorism-related" shooting at a U.S. naval air base in Texas has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Aalim Alsahli, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, federal..
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The suspect killed at the scene of Thursday's "terrorism-related" shooting at a U.S. naval air base in Texas has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Aalim Alsahli, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, federal..
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