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Cold comfort: the Syrian refugees trying to make a new life in Sweden

Cold comfort: the Syrian refugees trying to make a new life in Sweden

'My life in Syria was amazing, I had everything," says Salah Debas, 23, with a mix of nostalgia and desperation. Until two years ago, Debas worked for a radio station belonging to Maher Assad, the brother of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As a DJ, he divided his time...

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Syria bars refugees who fled via unofficial posts from voting

Syria bars refugees who fled via unofficial posts from voting

Syrians who fled their war-torn country via unofficial crossings will be barred from voting in next month's presidential elections, the country's electoral commission chief said on Monday. "Syrians who left Syria illegally do not have the right to...

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Crowded queues of Jordan's charities make elderly refugees suffer

Crowded queues of Jordan's charities make elderly refugees suffer

Om Amer, a 70-year old Syrian refugee woman, run away from the war in Syria with her disabled injured son. She is forced to queue for long time in front of Charity Societies hoping to get something to support her minimal living needs. However, most often she...

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AP PHOTOS: Security woes plague Syrian refugees

AP PHOTOS: Security woes plague Syrian refugees

Life in Jordan's Zaatari camp is getting harder for 130,000 Syrian refugees, most of whom have fled fighting in southern Syria. Security has become hard to control in the sprawling, overcrowded camp and refugees are falling victims to strongmen who imposed their power to try to make a...

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Syrian youngster saves Istanbul man from drowning

Syrian youngster saves Istanbul man from drowning

A Syrian youngster saved an elderly man from drowning near Istanbul’s Galata Bridge on April 21, as a local crowd watched and applauded the dramatic scene. A man had jumped into the Golden Horn after climbing the bridge railing, after which Rabaa...

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Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria

Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria

A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war next door....

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'Almost one million' Syrian refugees in Turkey: PM

'Almost one million' Syrian refugees in Turkey: PM

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war. "Are we supposed to ask our brothers not to come, and to die in Syria?" Erdogan said as he...

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Erdogan, Embattled at Home, Popular With Syrian Refugees

Erdogan, Embattled at Home, Popular With Syrian Refugees

“Allah bless Erdogan, Allah bless the governor, Allah bless Turkey.” Praise for Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is in short supply  amid a wave of anti-government protests  that have rocked the country...

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Lebanon to limit Syrian refugee flow: Machnouk

Lebanon to limit Syrian refugee flow: Machnouk

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Role of Syrian women evolves as war rages on

Role of Syrian women evolves as war rages on

Hiba Alhaji’s flight from Syria was sparked when she was summoned for interrogation after she encouraged her university students to join protests against the government. Her inquisitors never realized that the trunk of her car parked outside was full of guns she was running for the...

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Lebanese patriarch suggests housing Syrian refugees in Syria

Lebanese patriarch suggests housing Syrian refugees in Syria

The head of Lebanon's Maronite Christian Church suggested on Wednesday that Syrian refugees should be housed in camps inside Syria, reflecting growing frustration among Lebanese over the burden imposed on their country by their neighbors' war. The United Nations has registered 1...

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Report: Syria’s Disabled Refugees Find Themselves Doubly Victimized

Report: Syria’s Disabled Refugees Find Themselves Doubly Victimized

Two aid organizations are calling on the international community to do more for the disabled and elderly among Syria’s displaced population, using a new report released Wednesday to highlight the special needs that these already marginalized members of the refugee community...

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School is a dream for Syrian refugee family struggling in Lebanon

School is a dream for Syrian refugee family struggling in Lebanon

Thirteen-year-old Abdul Wahad lives in an underground garage in Beirut amid the stench of garbage. Garbage is his business. "When I grow up," he says, "I want to go to school." Abdul Wahad is one of the 1 million Syrian refugees now registered with UNHCR in Lebanon. The number is...

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Syrian refugees: The singular stories of the millions on the move

Syrian refugees: The singular stories of the millions on the move

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner' and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant on the generosity of local people In the Kurdish region of Iraq, I sit...

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Syrian refugees in Jordan susceptible to blackmail: reports

Syrian refugees in Jordan susceptible to blackmail: reports

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Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

Syrian refugees hit million mark in Lebanon

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded one million, in what the UN refugee agency calls a "devastating milestone" for a small country with depleted resources and brewing sectarian tension. Refugees from Syria, half of them children, now equal a quarter of...

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Syrians brave life outside crammed Turkish refugee camps

Syrians brave life outside crammed Turkish refugee camps

Turned away three times since fleeing the bombardment of Syria's second city Aleppo in January, mother of eight Faten Darwish has given up on getting her family into a refugee camp in southeast Turkey. Instead, the 33-year old lives with her husband and children in a dingy...

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