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New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians

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New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians

- Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria's northeastern city of Hassakeh celebrated the inauguration of the community's new bishop on Saturday, four years after the last one left the country.Syriac Christians belong to the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic. They include both Orthodox and Catholic branches, and constitute around 15 percent of Syria's 1.2 million Christians.Before the conflict began in March 2011, Christians from some 11 different sects made up around five percent of the population
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Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Daesh at Syrian border

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Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Daesh at Syrian border

- BEIRUT — The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against a Daesh enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5am (0200 GMT), targeting Daesh positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said
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Firms flock to Syria fair with eye on reconstruction

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Firms flock to Syria fair with eye on reconstruction

- DAMASCUS (AFP) - Lured by potentially enormous contracts for reconstruction work in war-torn Syria, international companies have laid out their wares at the Damascus International Fair for the first time in six years. The top event on pre-war Syria's economic calendar, the fair is hosting firms from 23 countries that have maintained diplomatic relations with Damascus throughout the conflict. The last fair took place in the summer of 2011, months after the start of a revolt against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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Syrian city's rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

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Syrian city's rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

- HOMS, Syria: President Bashar al-Assad's victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins. Across town, the bustling markets of the pro-Assad district of Zahraa show which side came out on top in the battle for what was once Syria's third biggest city
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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

- BEIRUT (Reuters) - An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any "illegitimate" forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the Damascus International Fair for the first time in the war "sends a message that the war has ended
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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

- Beirut: US-led coalition air strikes aimed at dislodging Daesh group militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa have cost the lives of 59 civilians in three days, a monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 children were among at least 59 civilians killed in the air strikes since Monday, after more corpses were dug out from under piles of rubble
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UN hopes for Syria peace talks in October or November

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UN hopes for Syria peace talks in October or November

- GENEVA: The United Nations hopes for a "serious negotiation" between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. After seven previous rounds that have failed to persuade the adversaries to hold face-to-face talks, let alone make progress, the veteran diplomat outlined a new timetable for talks to end the six-year war in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed
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Special Report: How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

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Special Report: How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

- THE HAGUE (Reuters) - In the spring of 2015 a Syrian major general escorted a small team of chemical weapons inspectors to a warehouse outside the Syrian capital Damascus. The international experts wanted to examine the site, but were kept waiting outside in their car for around an hour, according to several people briefed on the visit. When they were finally let into the building, it was empty
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ISIS thug who forced son, nine, to hold soldier's decapitated head is 'killed with his two kids in Syria'

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ISIS thug who forced son, nine, to hold soldier's decapitated head is 'killed with his two kids in Syria'

- AN Australian ISIS thug who forced his young son to hold the decapitated head of a soldier is believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria. Khaled Sharrouf, 36, reportedly died alongside his sons Zarqawi, 11, and Abdullah, 12, near the city of Raqqa on Friday. The terrorist shocked the world in 2014 when he posted a picture of his son Abdullah, who was nine at the time, holding up a severed head
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Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

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Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

- ANKARA: Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic's military chief of staff. Turkey's ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri is the latest sign that Ankara is increasing cooperation with other powers such as Iran and Russia
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Arab fighters struggle to assert role in Raqqa assault

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Arab fighters struggle to assert role in Raqqa assault

- RAQQA, Syria: The inexperienced fighters in an Arab group battling to take Raqqa back from Islamic State are playing a secondary role to hardened Kurdish militia in the campaign for their home city. The performance of one lightly trained group seen by Reuters in Raqqa underscored the difficulty of making Arabs the "vanguard" in the battle for the mostly Arab city, as the United States said last year they would be
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Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons killed in Syria: reports

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Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons killed in Syria: reports

- Australian authorities believe that notorious Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been killed in Syria. The ABC reported on Wednesday that the federal government had received "credible information" that Sharrouf and his two sons - Abdullah and Zarqawi - were killed in an air strike while driving near Raqqa on Friday, August 11. The report said that photos of his and his sons' bodies had been circulating among some extremists in Australia
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Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons killed in Syria: reports

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Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf and sons killed in Syria: reports

- Australian authorities are trying to confirm reports that notorious Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been killed in Syria. The ABC reported on Wednesday that the federal government had received "credible information" that Sharrouf and his two sons - Abdullah and Zarqawi - were killed in an air strike while driving near Raqqa on Friday, August 11. The report said that photos of his and his sons' bodies had been circulating among some extremists in Australia
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Father, daughter survive Syria war zone, reunite with wife in Charlotte

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Father, daughter survive Syria war zone, reunite with wife in Charlotte

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. Pictures at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday captured the sheer joy. The war and violence in their homeland of Syria kept them apart all this time. "I just, like, give her kisses and hugs every five minutes. The same thing for Faysal. He can't believe he holding his son again,” Tahhan said. It took a mountain of paperwork and two years to get refugee visas for Nadin and Faysal
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Civilians in eastern Syria flee IS conscription

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Civilians in eastern Syria flee IS conscription

- The Islamic State group order that prompted Mahmud al-Ali to flee his town was simple: "All young men aged 20 to 30 years old must enlist to fight throughout Syria." As the jihadist group loses territory across the country, it has begun to impose forced enlistment on men in Deir Ezzor, the last Syrian province that remains nearly completely under IS control
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Iran building long-range rocket factory in Syria - Israeli TV

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Iran building long-range rocket factory in Syria - Israeli TV

- JERUSALEM: An Israeli television report said on Tuesday that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets, and showed satellite images it said were of the site under construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned last week that Iran was strengthening its foothold in its ally Syria as Islamic State fighters were being displaced, and said Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat
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  • New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians
    New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians

    , dailystar.com.lb

    Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria's northeastern city of Hassakeh celebrated the inauguration of the community's new bishop on Saturday, four years after the last one left the country.Syriac Christians belong to the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic. They include both Orthodox and Catholic branches, and constitute around 15 percent of Syria's 1.2 million Christians.Before the conflict began in March 2011, Christians from some 11 different sects made up around five percent of the population
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  • Six Australian politicians, one bus and a few tears in the shadow of the Syrian war
    Six Australian politicians, one bus and a few tears in the shadow of the Syrian war

    , abc.net.au

    Six Australian parliamentarians spend a torrid week on a mini-bus in the shadow of war. A Greens senator, an independent, a Liberal and three Labor senators are thrust into the centre of an ongoing humanitarian crisis and forced to live in each others' pockets for a week. The group of cross-party politicians are usually in each others' crosshairs and it seems unlikely that will change if they are confined in close quarters
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  • Syrian refugee back in Hungary for Worlds
    Syrian refugee back in Hungary for Worlds

    , tnp.sg

    Two years on from sleeping rough in Budapest on a perilous trek from Syria to Germany, teenage refugee Yusra Mardini is back in the Hungarian capital competing in the world swimming championships. "I promised myself I'd come back to Budapest another way," the 19-year-old told reporters yesterday after finishing her 100m butterfly heat. Now based in Berlin, Mardini gained international attention after surviving near-drowning trying to reach Greece in 2015
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  • War cost $226b to Syria economy — World Bank
    War cost $226b to Syria economy — World Bank

    , gulfnews.com

    Dubai: Syria’s six-year conflict has ravaged its infrastructure and caused losses to its economy of $226 billion (Dh830.14), according to estimates published by the World Bank yesterday. The devastating war has killed over 320,000 people and displaced more than half the country’s population since it began in March 2011. The World Bank said the destruction ran much deeper than death tolls or infrastructure damage alone could capture
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Health

  • McCain criticizes Trump's Syria policy despite cancer diagnosis
    McCain criticizes Trump's Syria policy despite cancer diagnosis

    , cnbc.com

    Cancer isn't keeping Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., from sticking to his political guns. Just hours after news broke of McCain's brain cancer diagnosis, the Arizona senator blasted President Trump amid a report that the administration decided to halt a CIA training program for moderate Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime. "If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin," McCain said in a statement Thursday
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  • George and Amal Clooney Commit $3.5 Million Donation to Aid Syrian Refugee Children
    George and Amal Clooney Commit $3.5 Million Donation to Aid Syrian Refugee Children

    , sg.yahoo.com

    George and Amal Clooney have committed to help 3,000 Syrian refugee children go to school in Lebanon, Reuters reports. The new parents to twins Ella and Alexander hope to help 200,000 children who are not receiving an education after fleeing the war in neighboring Syria. The Clooney Foundation for Justice has teamed up with Google and HP Inc. to help UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education open seven “second shift” schools, which offer special afternoon classes exclusively for the relocated Syrian children
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Society & Culture

  • George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees
    George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees

    , people.com

    George and Amal Clooney are committed to aiding Syria’s refugee children. The couple’s organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF to open seven public schools for Syrian refugees in Amal’s native Lebanon, officials announced on Monday. “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that
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Religion & Spirituality

  • New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians
    New bishop brings hope to some of Syria's Christians

    , dailystar.com.lb

    Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria's northeastern city of Hassakeh celebrated the inauguration of the community's new bishop on Saturday, four years after the last one left the country.Syriac Christians belong to the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic. They include both Orthodox and Catholic branches, and constitute around 15 percent of Syria's 1.2 million Christians.Before the conflict began in March 2011, Christians from some 11 different sects made up around five percent of the population
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  • George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees
    George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees

    , people.com

    George and Amal Clooney are committed to aiding Syria’s refugee children. The couple’s organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF to open seven public schools for Syrian refugees in Amal’s native Lebanon, officials announced on Monday. “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that
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Education

  • George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees
    George and Amal Clooney Partner with UNICEF to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees

    , people.com

    George and Amal Clooney are committed to aiding Syria’s refugee children. The couple’s organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF to open seven public schools for Syrian refugees in Amal’s native Lebanon, officials announced on Monday. “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that
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Law & Crime

  • Syria: UN Commission says there is enough evidence to convict Bashar al-Assad of war crimes
    Syria: UN Commission says there is enough evidence to convict Bashar al-Assad of war crimes

    , dnaindia.com

    Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte told Swiss media the evidence against Assad was sufficient to secure a war crimes conviction. A UN commission probing Syria rights abuses has gathered enough evidence to convict President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes, an outgoing member of the commission said in interviews published today. Veteran former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is preparing to step down after five years serving in the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss media the evidence against Assad was sufficient to secure a war crimes conviction
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Life & Style

  • More Syrian child brides in Jordan amid poverty, uncertainty
    More Syrian child brides in Jordan amid poverty, uncertainty

    , siouxcityjournal.com

    MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Married at 15 and divorced at 16, a Syrian teen says she regrets having said yes to a handsome suitor — a stranger who turned into an abusive husband. Yet the reasons that transformed her into a child bride have become more prevalent among Syrians who live in Jordanian exile because of a six-year-old civil war back home
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Media & Information

  • US embassy in Turkey denies sending tanks to groups in Syria
    US embassy in Turkey denies sending tanks to groups in Syria

    , channelnewsasia.com

    ANKARA: The U.S. embassy in Turkey denied Turkish media reports that the United States had sent tanks and hundreds of truckloads of weapons into Syria to support the Kurdish YPG militia. In a statement posted on social media, the embassy said the U.S. has not provided tanks to any groups fighting Islamic State in Syria, and the vast majority of trucks crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border did not contain military equipment or supplies
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