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Leen, former detainee who lost everything in Syria

Leen, former detainee who lost everything in Syria

(Reporting by Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Leen, a 20-year-old Syrian girl lives alone in Istanbul, disappointed and depressed with no interest in life after losing everything in Syria. She lived with her father and brother in Damascus, her mother died when she was young. Her...

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IS and Nusra: ruling through fear and intimidation

IS and Nusra: ruling through fear and intimidation

Extremist groups have forced their laws on the people of northern and eastern Syria, severely restricting freedoms and imposing harsh sentences for disobedience. The Islamic State group's extreme interpretation of Islamic teaching holds sway in large areas of the country, including its...

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Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. For over a decade, he pursued his passion despite daunting challenges and harassment by strangers and police. He taught himself by moving...

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People of Homs celebrate Traditional Sweets' Day

People of Homs celebrate Traditional Sweets' Day

  (Reporting by Amr Al Hamawi; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) People of Homs city used to celebrate in these days of each year of Eid of Halawa, or the dead Eid, in which they buy big amounts of Homsi Halawa, the city's traditional sweets, and distribute them to poor...

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 Sniper kills Palestinian women tried to get 'food basket'  in Yarmouk camp

Sniper kills Palestinian women tried to get 'food basket' in Yarmouk camp

  (Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Sarah Odeh, a-25-year-old Palestinian lady died as a result of a sniper’s shot in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian Refugees in Damascus, to follow her “virtual husband” and buried next to him. Sarah’s story is not...

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Syrians mark Women's Day underground in Idlib cellar

Syrians mark Women's Day underground in Idlib cellar

By Hadi al-Abdallah (Al Jazeera)- Despite the raging war in their country, women in a small Syrian village wanted to be part of the International Women Day commemoration. Up to 150 women in Idlib province met in the cellar of a building they had embellished with banners calling...

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Civil society initiatives ease war pain: Al Rastan Care Center

Civil society initiatives ease war pain: Al Rastan Care Center

By Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)-  The office of Child and Motherhood Care in rebel-held city of al-Rastan near Homs, in its third anniversary launches a new initiative to help vulnerable people who have been facing serious difficulties...

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Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

(Reuters) - With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies have had pride of a place at an independent film festival in Turkey . One of them, "Silvered...

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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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