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Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

(The New York Times)- Nine animals that had been kept alive — barely — at a damaged zoo on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, were evacuated and taken to a rehabilitation center in Turkey last week. The animals — three lions, two tigers, two bears and two hyenas — were trucked from...

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Eastern Ghouta: rapid education program to counter school dropouts

Eastern Ghouta: rapid education program to counter school dropouts

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Directorate of Education of the opposiiton Interim Government in Damascus suburbs is trying to find effective solutions to the negative effects of school-aged children dropouts which has spread widely throughout the Eastern Ghouta. The director of education in the...

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Housing crisis hits Daraya’s displaced in Idlib

Housing crisis hits Daraya’s displaced in Idlib

(Eqtsad)- After the border crossings with Turkey opened to visitors, loved ones met after long absences and many families were reunited. The opening of the border crossings coincided with the decision to reduce the escalation of tension, and the general calm witnessed in northern Syria in the...

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‘Syrian Billy Elliot’ dances his way to a new life

‘Syrian Billy Elliot’ dances his way to a new life

From Palmyra to Paris, Ahmad Joudeh, the Syrian Billy Elliot, is set on showing the real image of his country and erasing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS). The vocalist Sanga, Joudeh’s friend and admirer, invited the dancer to Paris for a special one-off performance, accompanied by a song written...

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In N.Y., Syrians bring home war’s cost

In N.Y., Syrians bring home war’s cost

Six Syrian actors battled a fraught U.S. visa process to tread the boards in New York this week, seeking to impress upon American theatergoers the human cost of a war raging halfway round the world. Nothing could be further from the typical summer entertainment in this city of flamboyant wealth...

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How Have Syrian Youths Benefited From The Possibility of Earning an Income Online

How Have Syrian Youths Benefited From The Possibility of Earning an Income Online

(Eqtsad) Working and earning a living online is still relatively weaker in the Arab world compared to the West, but with the emergence of an Arab generation that is technologically savvy, many have become more experienced and willing to experiment with online initiatives. Young Syrian are among...

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Eastern Ghouta: relief workers serve 30,000 families

Eastern Ghouta: relief workers serve 30,000 families

(Eqtsad)- The moment she saw her name on the district representative’s list of families set to receive a food basket, her eyes light up with joy as if she had won a kilogram of gold. Um Hassan, from al-Ghouta who is taking care of her three orphaned grandchildren, is one such woman who was...

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'It's like I've been born again': the young Syrians making a new life in Mexico

'It's like I've been born again': the young Syrians making a new life in Mexico

( The Guardian )- When they still lived back home in Derik, northern Syria, Silva Hassan Namo and her family would gather each evening around the television to watch the latest episodes of their favourite Mexican telenovelas. Even after civil war forced them to flee to Iraq, the family would...

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Syrian engineer documents Turkey's coup in electronic game

Syrian engineer documents Turkey's coup in electronic game

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian engineer Mohammed Aboush and a number of his colleagues launched, “The Failure of the coup in Turkey,” game, through Google's store on the occasion of the first anniversary of the coup against the legitimate government in Turkey. Speaking to Zaman al-Wasl,...

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Water Tankers Are The Swimming Pools in Homs’ Northern Countryside

Water Tankers Are The Swimming Pools in Homs’ Northern Countryside

(Eqtsad) In the heat of summer, and with the temperature rising to over 40 degrees Celsius in Homs province, swimming pools become a refuge and necessity to counter the heat wave. There are no regular swimming pools in the villages, towns and cities of Homs’ besieged northern countryside, but...

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Pro-Assad families enjoy life on the beach: photos

Pro-Assad families enjoy life on the beach: photos

(The Daily Mail)- Their country has been engulfed in a catastrophic civil war for years, but an element of normality can be see on Syria's west coast. Pictures taken yesterday show Syrians paddling in the sea in Wadi Qandil, which is north of the seaside city of Latakia. The government...

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In Raqqa, corpses left to rot in the streets

In Raqqa, corpses left to rot in the streets

When Abu Ahmad stepped out of his house in Raqqa after a night of heavy airstrikes, he found several of his neighbors lying dead in the street. “I went out the next morning just to inspect,” he said. “I swear to God, cats were eating the corpses.” “We couldn’t do anything with...

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Chechens of Syria: A Dwindling Minority

Chechens of Syria: A Dwindling Minority

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Chechen minority in eastern Syria, known as al-Jazira al-Souriya,  has been dwindling after the Kurdish Democratic Union Party took control of Ras al-Ain, north of al-Hasakah and the Khabour River source area, which were considered the central areas of their...

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In Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

In Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings. The open-air meals are a rare treat in the town in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, made...

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Girl chronicles Aleppo terror in 'Myriam's Diary'

Girl chronicles Aleppo terror in 'Myriam's Diary'

Her childhood shattered by "grown-up stuff", Myriam Rawick was only eight years old when she began recording her terrifying experiences during the siege of Aleppo, Syria's second city. "I woke up one morning to the sound of things breaking, people shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is greatest'...

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Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Reporting by Faris Rifai (Eqtsad)- The situation of Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan seems to be better than that of their peers in the neighboring countries of asylum, although they suffer from the material hardship that has been going on for years after the budget cut by...

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Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

By Maryam Maruf and Kanishk Tharoor ( BBC )- When Syria's civil war came to the city of Aleppo in 2012, Zahed Tajeddin was cut off from his 450-year-old home. He worried about it, but it survived - and he later discovered how it served as a life-saving medical centre for people living under...

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Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

( Financial Times )- By the time he reached Turkey after fleeing his hometown of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria, Hassan was destitute and desperate. And so, over his own misgivings, he helped a friend working with western intelligence to pinpoint the location of an Isis jail in...

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