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Jets Hit Rebel-held Homs Area for First Time in Year

AMMAN, Aug 29 – Jets believed to be Syrian planes hit the besieged Al-Waer neighbourhood in the city of Homs on Sunday, a day after the evacuation of residents and fighters from rebel-held Daraya on the outskirts of the capital, residents and a monitor said. They said over a dozen air strikes on the residential

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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Syrian Rebels Fear Assault on Besieged Daraya as Residents Starve

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometers (miles) from

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Aleppo Bombed as Syrian Army Begins “Calm” Plan Elsewhere

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 1 – Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as a temporary “calm” declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest. It was the ninth day of deadly bombardments in Aleppo, which has borne the brunt of increased fighting that has all

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In Damascus, Young Syrians Try to Revive Their Lives

By John Davison DAMASCUS, April 27  – By a military checkpoint in Damascus‘s Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians sit on a garden wall smoking, drinking beer or soft drinks, and talking about anything but the war. It is a week night, but the Damascenes

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Damascus Rejects Any Discussion of Presidency at Talks

BEIRUT, March 12 – The Syrian government said on Saturday it would not discuss presidential elections at peace talks or hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency, as it confirmed its participation in U.N.-led peace talks next week. “We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of

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Violence Rages In Syria As Kerry and Lavrov Reach Provisional Deal On Ceasefire

By Patricia Zengerle and John Davison AMMAN/BEIRUT, Feb 22 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria and the sides were closer to a ceasefire than ever before. Meanwhile, violence continued to rage in Syria. Multiple

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Syria Aid Trucks Reach Edge of Besieged Damascus Suburb

BEIRUT, Feb 17 – A convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived outside a besieged Damascus suburb on Wednesday in a major, U.N.-backed deal to deliver aid to tens of thousands of trapped residents in several of Syria’s worst hit areas, a Reuters witness said. Syrian state media earlier said that a convoy of 35

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U.N. Peace Envoy Visits Syria as Ceasefire Plan Struggles

DAMASCUS, Feb 16 – Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, has arrived in Damascus and will meet Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday, a Syrian government official said. De Mistura is making the surprise visit as world powers push for a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict. He suspended peace talks in Geneva last

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Death Toll Up to 70 From Damascus Attack

BEIRUT, Feb 1 – The death toll from a suicide attack in Damascus on Sunday that was claimed by the Daesh militant group has risen to more than 70, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A car bomb and two suicide bombers attacked the Sayeda Zeinab district, home to Syria’s holiest Shiite shrine, as

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