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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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Syrian refugees face possible coronavirus outbreak in camps [Video]

Syrian refugees face possible coronavirus outbreak in camps

In Syria's Azaz region near the border with Turkey, rescue workers whose usual role is to respond to government bombardments have been sanitizing classrooms and camps for internally displayed people,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:13Published
Syria: Fear of coronavirus outbreak mounts in Idlib [Video]

Syria: Fear of coronavirus outbreak mounts in Idlib

Health officials are warning that about 100,000 people could die in northwest Syria if they do not get the supplies and equipment they need.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published
Terrorist Group Advises Its Own To Avoid 'The Land Of The Epidemic' [Video]

Terrorist Group Advises Its Own To Avoid 'The Land Of The Epidemic'

Business Insider reports ISIS is telling its fighters not to go to Europe and stage attacks. According to the ISIS newsletter, it's because of the novel coronavirus pandemic there. The terror group's..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published
Russia, Turkey begin joint patrols along Syria's M4 highway [Video]

Russia, Turkey begin joint patrols along Syria's M4 highway

The patrols are part of ceasefire deal reached by Ankara and Moscow to halt an escalation of violence in Idlib province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published
No peace in sight as Syrian conflict enters 10th year [Video]

No peace in sight as Syrian conflict enters 10th year

More than 370,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:51Published
Syria war: Idlib residents struggle with daily life [Video]

Syria war: Idlib residents struggle with daily life

More than half a million children displaced by the latest fighting are living in desperate conditions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:59Published
Turkey, Russia say tensions lower in Syria's Idlib province [Video]

Turkey, Russia say tensions lower in Syria's Idlib province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:15Published
Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests [Video]

Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests

Impact from a comet around 12,800 years ago is believed to have wiped out a human settlement, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:57Published
Erdogan demands 'concrete support' from EU, NATO over Syria [Video]

Erdogan demands 'concrete support' from EU, NATO over Syria

Turkish president in Brussels for talks with EU and NATO leaders after tensions at Greek border over fate of refugees.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published
First woman to run hospital in Syria talks to Al Jaz [Video]

First woman to run hospital in Syria talks to Al Jaz

Dr Amani Ballour, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, is urging the international community to help stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published
Coast guard rescues 120 migrants off Turkish coast [Video]

Coast guard rescues 120 migrants off Turkish coast

Turkey's coast guard rescued around 120 migrants trying to reach a Greek island on three dinghies early on Friday after they said their passage was blocked by Greek coast guard vessels. Adam Reed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published
War in Syria: 15 killed as deadly clashes erupt in Idlib hours into ceasefire deal [Video]

War in Syria: 15 killed as deadly clashes erupt in Idlib hours into ceasefire deal

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:02Published
Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert [Video]

Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert

Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 04:20Published
Syria war: Turkey and Russia announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow deal [Video]

Syria war: Turkey and Russia announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow deal

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:52Published
Turkey, Russia announce ceasefire in Syria's Idlib [Video]

Turkey, Russia announce ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Ceasefire came into effect after midnight in Idlib amid reports of fresh violence between Turkish and Syrian troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree Syria ceasefire [Video]

Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree Syria ceasefire

Putin said that Russia and Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria after violence escalated this past week.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 06:45Published
Greece blocks 35,000 attempting to cross border [Video]

Greece blocks 35,000 attempting to cross border

Hundreds of migrants continue to queue and camp near the Turkish-Greek border, despite police forces from both sides taking measures to deter them. Maha Albadrawi reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published
Erdogan, Putin announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow meeting [Video]

Erdogan, Putin announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow meeting

Truce in Syria's last rebel stronghold to begin at midnight, presidents say, after lengthy meeting in Russian capital.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 08:19Published
War in Syria: Erdogan meets Putin to discuss battle for Idlib province [Video]

War in Syria: Erdogan meets Putin to discuss battle for Idlib province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 04:00Published
War in Syria: "Russia doesn't want to confront Turkish forces" [Video]

War in Syria: "Russia doesn't want to confront Turkish forces"

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:12Published
Aerial footage shows queues of migrants near Greek-Turkish border [Video]

Aerial footage shows queues of migrants near Greek-Turkish border

The footage was shot from the Turkish Interior Ministry's helicopter on Thursday whilst the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu inspected the region.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published
Watch: Brawl in Turkish parliament over military action in Syria [Video]

Watch: Brawl in Turkish parliament over military action in Syria

Turkish parliamentarians got into a physical fight over Turkey's military involvement in Syria. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:49Published

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U.S.-backed Kurdish-led group says militants riot in jail in northeast Syria

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Syria reports first coronavirus death as fears grow of major outbreak

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Syria bans most domestic travel in coronavirus lockdown

Syria said on Friday it was banning travel between cities and governorates as part of tightening measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, state-run Ikhbariya TV reported, citing the interior..
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Abu Dhabi crown prince, Syrian president discuss coronavirus

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad discussed the coronavirus pandemic over the phone on Friday, a statement from United Arab Emirates' news..
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Coronavirus: Fears of virus in Idlib refugee camps

The UN warns that camps for the displaced in north-western Syria could be devastated by coronavirus.
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Syria adds night curfew to coronavirus curbs

Syria on Wednesday began a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as lockdown measures to counter the spread of coronavirus were extended, residents and state media said.
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Syrian ceasefire critical to combating coronavirus - U.N., Red Cross

An immediate nationwide ceasefire is needed across Syria to enable an "all-out-effort" to stamp out the coronavirus and prevent it from ravaging a beleaguered population, the United Nations and the..
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Russia sends ship with military ambulances toward Syria after virus outbreak

A cargo ship operated by the Russian Navy transited Turkey's Bosphorus strait en route to Syria on Tuesday loaded with ambulances, a Reuters reporter saw.
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U.N. seeks total ceasefire in Syria, prisoner releases, to combat coronavirus

The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate nationwide ceasefire across Syria to enable an "all-out-effort" to stamp out COVID-19.
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Shattered by years of war, Syria braces for coronavirus spread

The spread of coronavirus to Syria brings the prospect of a deadly outbreak to a population devastated by nine years of war, with ravaged hospitals and tightly-packed camps likely to accelerate..
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Russia's Shoigu, Syria's Assad discuss ceasefire and aid: Russian defense ministry

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed ensuring a lasting ceasefire in the Idlib region during talks in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on..
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Russia and Turkey cut short joint patrol in Syria's Idlib: Russian Defence Ministry

Russia and Turkey were forced to cut short their second joint patrol in Syria's Idlib region on Monday due to security concerns, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
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Syria confirms first coronavirus case

Syria on Sunday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in a person who had come from abroad.
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War-ravaged Syria takes new steps against coronavirus, says no recorded cases yet

Syria, already shattered by nine years of war, has banned entry for foreigners arriving from many countries hit by the coronavirus as part of widening measures to combat the epidemic.
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Turkey says two soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib in attack by 'radical groups'

Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two of its soldiers were killed in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in a rocket attack by "some radical groups".
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Without soap or sanitizer, Syrian refugees face coronavirus threat

Syrian refugee Mohamed al-Bakhas is doing his best to protect his family from coronavirus by keeping their camp as clean as he can. But without enough soap or the money to buy sanitizer or face masks,..
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Turkish soldier in Syria's Idlib dies from heart attack

Turkey said on Thursday that one of its soldiers had died as a result of a heart attack in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
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Turkish soldier killed in Syria's Idlib: governor's office

One Turkish soldier was killed in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, the governor's office in Turkey's central Sivas province said on Thursday.
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Turkey, Germany, France, UK discuss Syria, migration crisis in video call

Turkish, German, British and French leaders discussed the Syria crisis and migrant issue as well as joint action against coronavirus in a videoconference, Turkish presidency said on Tuesday.
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WHO to start coronavirus testing in rebel Syria; Iran raises efforts, official says

The World Health Organization will start testing for coronavirus in rebel-held northwest Syria later this week, the agency's regional head said on Monday, adding that he was "very concerned" about the..
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Russia says militants in Syria's Idlib region not complying with ceasefire

Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday that militants in Syria's Idlib region are not complying with a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, the Interfax news agency reported.
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First Russian-Turkish patrol on Syrian highway cut short by protests

Russia and Turkey cut short their first joint patrol in Syria's Idlib on Sunday after rebels and civilians opposed to a ceasefire agreement cut off a main roadway to block its path, according to..
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Russia and Turkey cut short first joint patrol along Syria's key highway due to rebel actions - news agencies

Russia and Turkey were forced to cut short their first joint patrol along the M4 highway linking Syria's east and west on Sunday due to rebel provocations, the Russian Defense Ministry was cited as..
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Syria, insisting it is coronavirus free, takes broad steps to prevent spread

Syria has shut schools, canceled most public events and minimized public sector hours to prevent any spreading of the coronavirus, as officials said the war-ravaged country was still free of the..
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Syria to delay parliamentary elections to May 20 on coronavirus concerns

Syria will postpone parliamentary elections to May 20 from April 13 as a precautionary step against the spread of coronavirus, a statement from the president's office said on Saturday.
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Bosnia charges two men with fighting for Islamic State

Two Bosnian Muslim men were charged with terrorism offences on Friday, over accusations they fought for Islamic State in Syria, the Bosnian state prosecutor's office said.
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Turkey says agreed with Russia on details of Idlib ceasefire

Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region after four days of talks in Ankara, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday, adding that joint patrols along a..
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Turkish posts to stay in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire deal: official

Turkish observation posts in Syria's Idlib region will remain in place and function despite being encircled by Syrian government forces, a Turkish security official said on Friday, a week after Ankara..
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Putin and Erdogan agree that tensions in Syria's Idlib are much lower after deal: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement, saying both men agreed with satisfaction that tensions in Syria's..
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Turkey says it has largely agreed Idlib ceasefire details with Russia

Turkish and Russian officials have largely agreed details of a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, the third day of discussions between the..
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In Syria's northwest, medics fear the worst if coronavirus hits crowded camps

In Syria's northwest, where people uprooted by war are crammed into camps, medics fear the coronavirus would spread widely if it reaches a country with its healthcare system in ruins.
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Syrian state media says unidentified jets hit border town with Iraq

Unidentified jets hit targets south east of the Syrian town of Albukamal along the border with Iraq with only material damage, state media said late on Wednesday.
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'The pleas and the screams': Syrian defector appeals for stronger U.S. measures

A Syrian defector who smuggled thousands of photographs of torture out of the country, helping prompt new U.S. sanctions, pleaded with U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to enforce tough measures against..
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More than 500 medical sites struck in Syria since 2016: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that it has documented more than 500 military attacks on medical facilities in Syria since it began counting them in 2016, with nearly as many..
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Pope holds his first ever virtual general audience with Italy on lockdown

Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy's coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of..
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Turkey's Erdogan threatens retaliation if Syria truce is broken

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday his country will not shy away from even stronger military action in northwest Syria's Idlib region if last week's truce is broken.
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Turkey says Syria talks with Russia positive, constructive - Anadolu

Talks between Turkey and Russia on the implementation of a ceasefire agreement in Syria's Idlib region are "positive, constructive", Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by the..
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Turkey will not shy from military action in Syria's Idlib if words not kept

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey will not shy away from taking even stronger military action than in the past in northwest Syria's Idlib region if words are not kept regarding a..
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Turkish, Russian defense ministers discussed Syria's Idlib in call: Turkish defense ministry

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu discussed northwest Syria's Idlib region in a phone call, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday.
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Turkish, Russian forces to patrol either side of new Syrian corridor

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Turkey says 2016 migrant deal with EU needs to be updated

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that a 2016 agreement between Turkey and the European Union needs to be updated, taking into account developments in Syria, and that Ankara was ready..
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EU tells Turkey to pull migrants back from Greek border

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Russian delegation to visit Turkey for talks on Syria's Idlib

A Russian military delegation will hold talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss a deal which the two countries reached last week for a ceasefire in northwest Syria's Idlib region,..
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