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Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails -rights groups
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Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails -rights groups

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Syria is dragging its feet on releasing prisoners under an amnesty declared by President Bashar al-Assad, raising fears of mass infections if the new coronavirus spreads through its overcrowded jails, rights groups said Monday. The Damascus government has confirmed only 19 cases of infection from the global pandemic, with two deaths. But...

Kurdish authorities test arriving passengers
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Kurdish authorities test arriving passengers

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Kurdish authorities performed tests for the new coronavirus on those arriving at Qamishli's domestic airport from Damascus. Medics and security teams set up a mobile testing facility at a roundabout outside of the airport and examined the returning passengers. Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, the co-president of the health department in...

Aleppo: Three Assad forces killed in weapons depot explosion
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Aleppo: Three Assad forces killed in weapons depot explosion

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 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Two Republican Guard troops and one Hezbollah militant were killed on Sunday when an explosion struck weapons depot in northern Aleppo province, a rebel source told Zaman al-Wasl.  The depot s located in the town of Miznaz in the western countryside of Aleppo. A senior commander in the Republican...

Turkey to curb some troop movement in Syria as coronavirus cases jump
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Turkey to curb some troop movement in Syria as coronavirus cases jump

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Turkey said on Sunday it would minimise its troop movements in operation zones in neighbouring Syria in response to the coronavirus outbreak as the Turkish death toll and infections in the country rose. Turkey’s death toll from the COVID-19 disease has risen by 73 to 574 in the last 24 hours, with new confirmed cases jumping by 3,135 to...

Syrian refugee lights himself on fire in east Lebanon
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Syrian refugee lights himself on fire in east Lebanon

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A Syrian man in his 50s set himself on fire in east Lebanon Sunday and was sent to hospital with third-degree burns, the state-run National News Agency reported. The NNA reported that deteriorating living conditions led to the incident, which occurred in the Bekaa Valley region. The 52-year-old used gasoline to light the fire....

Turkish forces set up three new observation points in Idlib
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Turkish forces set up three new observation points in Idlib

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Zaman Al Wasl

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Turkish forces have set up three new observation points in northern Idlib province, topping the number to 54 amid heavy reinforcements keep pouring to the last opposition stronghold in Syria despite a ceasefire deal reached last March, local activists said Sunday.  The new outposts have been established in the...

Senior army commander dies after succumbing to wounds
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Senior army commander dies after succumbing to wounds

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Zaman Al Wasl

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Senior commander in the Syrian Republican Guard died of wounds succumbed due to a Turkish drone strikes in northern Idlib province last March, pro-regime activists said Sunday. Colonel Ahmed Said was the commander the artillery battalion in the 105th brigade, key unit in the Syrian army's elite force.  ...

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Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails -rights groups

Syria is dragging its feet on releasing prisoners under an amnesty declared by President Bashar al-Assad, raising fears of mass infections if the new coronavirus spreads through its overcrowded jails, rights groups said Monday. The Damascus government has confirmed only 19 cases of infection from the global pandemic, with two deaths. But...

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Business

With oil industry in crisis, hedge funds sense turning point

Hedge fund managers sensed oil prices were nearing a turning point last week, and for the first time in more than two months started to add long positions in anticipation prices would bounce from an unsustainable low. Overall, hedge funds and other money managers were still net sellers of 19 million barrels of petroleum in the six most...

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2 reasons – and 1 disease – that make peace in Syria so difficult

Despite many attempts at negotiations, the Syrian war – a conflict with a complicated and constantly changing cast of characters that has killed as many as 585,000 people and displaced over half of Syria’s prewar population – has proved extremely difficult to resolve. As the war grinds on, conditions are only getting worse. For...

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Debate heats up over using an anti-malaria drug for COVID-19

President Donald Trump and members of his administration are growing emphatic in promoting an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting COVID-19, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against the virus. Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro promoted the drug,...

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Graves desecration is pure revenge policy by Assad Intelligence

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Latest leaked videos showing Bashar al-Assad's soldiers taunting the bones of the dead, digging up graves, and violating the sanctity of mosques, after gaining control over several villages in the southern and eastern Idlib countryside. The videos raised a number of questions about the purpose of leaking them....

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Syrian refugee lights himself on fire in east Lebanon

A Syrian man in his 50s set himself on fire in east Lebanon Sunday and was sent to hospital with third-degree burns, the state-run National News Agency reported. The NNA reported that deteriorating living conditions led to the incident, which occurred in the Bekaa Valley region. The 52-year-old used gasoline to light the fire....

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