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Families of Copts murdered in Libya recount their torment

Families of Copts murdered in Libya recount their torment

By Farid Farid (al-Araby al-Jadeed)- Samuel Suleiman Shehata is used to long, sleepless nights as a truck driver on Egypt's perilous roads. But on the night of 12 January, the cause of his insomnia was more personal. He had just found...

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Khaled Bakrawi: activist of unforgettable chivalry

Khaled Bakrawi: activist of unforgettable chivalry

  By Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Many activists of aid and relief died in Palestinian camps during the war in Syria, either by the heavy shelling on camps, or by snipers, or even died under torture in detention...

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Gaza's cancer sufferers cut off from vital care

Gaza's cancer sufferers cut off from vital care

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the strip continue to suffer from shortages of food, housing and medicine in the ongoing siege on Gaza by Israel and the continued closure of the Rafah border by Egyptian force.  Those with more dire medical conditions are also...

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The granny who stood up to ISIS

The granny who stood up to ISIS

An incredible video has emerged showing the moment an elderly woman bravely confronted two Islamic State militants, telling them their terror group is cursed and that they are not back by God. The video, which is believed to have been shot in Syria, shows the woman walks up to...

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After being raped by security, activist deludes family that she killed

After being raped by security, activist deludes family that she killed

Writing by Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Lama, a 24-year-old young lady from Hama, decided to announce herself dead after being raped in Syrian regime prison, wishing she can protect her family from the pain they could feel...

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US-led air raids hit ISIL in Iraq and Syria

US-led air raids hit ISIL in Iraq and Syria

  The US-led coalition have pounded the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group with 31 air strikes, including more than a dozen in the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane, the Pentagon has said. The 13 strikes in Kobane, destroyed 19 fighting positions on Friday,...

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Syrian kindergarten turns into orphanage

Syrian kindergarten turns into orphanage

A kindergarten in the northern province of Idlib has turned into an orphanage after becoming home to tens of children who lost one or both of their parents in Syria's civil war. Rawdat Al-Jinan kindergarten in the town of Salqin has basic facilities, but nevertheless,...

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Syrian wine defies war to reach the most lavish tables

Syrian wine defies war to reach the most lavish tables

Beirut, Nov 21 (IANS/EFE) It is probably one of the most difficult and expensive-to-produce wines in the world, but its creators, brothers Karim and Sandro Saade, have decided to go on producing Domaine de Bargylus, despite the conflict that has been tearing Syria apart since 2011....

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'Raqqa House': refugee shelter turns into cultural espace

'Raqqa House': refugee shelter turns into cultural espace

Reporting by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Activists from al-Raqqa, who live in Turkey, have founded an educational house to be a station for activists and social bodies for inside and outside Syrians from all...

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Iraqi Kurdish student uses holiday to fight jihadists

Iraqi Kurdish student uses holiday to fight jihadists

Briyar Kamal, a 24-year-old Kurdish student, achieved good marks at university, but instead of relaxing during his summer holiday he is fighting jihadists who have overrun swathes of Iraq. "If the nation needs me here, I will continue to fight. Only when the situation improves...

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Human organs for sale, untold war on Syrian families

Human organs for sale, untold war on Syrian families

(Reporting by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Dani Murad) (Zaman Alwasl)- As the deteriorating circumstances and economic hardships take its toll on the swelling country, many Syrians are battling through displacement, trauma, financial difficulties and their fragmented...

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Syrians space for grief, comfort is Facebook

Syrians space for grief, comfort is Facebook

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Campaign to respect particularity of Turkish Community by Syrian activists

Campaign to respect particularity of Turkish Community by Syrian activists

Reporting by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed Many activists in Istanbul initiated a campaign called “Let's be correct” to prompt Syrians in the city to respect the particularity of the Turkish community, aiming to avoid problems have...

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Anxiety grips Lebanon following blasts, arrests

Anxiety grips Lebanon following blasts, arrests

  The roadblocks and sandbags are back, cafes and hotels are nearly empty and many of the tourists are gone. Anxiety is gripping Lebanon following a spate of suicide bombings, and an ongoing security sweep targeting militants - some of them who...

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Amid war, world record set in Damascus

Amid war, world record set in Damascus

A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world’s biggest mural made of recycled materials, a rare work aimed at brightening public space in a city sapped by war and sanctions. The brightly colored, 720-sq meter work was constructed from aluminum cans, broken mirrors,...

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Syria's civil defence soldiers mostly students

Syria's civil defence soldiers mostly students

Hassan, a university student from Aleppo, had no choice but to leave his education due to the escalating dangerous events in his city to join civil defense courses which are held periodically in Istanbul. University of Aleppo is a public university located in Aleppo, Syria....

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Hunger as a weapon of war: Yarmouk Syrians ‘eat cats and dogs

Hunger as a weapon of war: Yarmouk Syrians ‘eat cats and dogs

Syrians in the Damascus district of Yarmouk are being forced to eat dogs, cats and inedible plants, a new Amnesty International report released on Monday has found. Starvation is being used as a “weapon of war,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North...

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Armed Conflict in Syria.. U.S. and International Response

Armed Conflict in Syria.. U.S. and International Response

  Zaman-Alwasl, exclusively,  summarized for Its readers an important and detailed study on the Syrian conflict prepared by the Congressional Research Service last month. The newspaper will publish the study in series of articles.   ''The...

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