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Assad army declares victory in Tal Kalakh

Assad army declares victory in Tal Kalakh

The Assad army, backed by Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, declared victory over a second city in the central province of Homs, Al Arabiya television channel reported on Wednesday. The city was already under the regime control in most of it Activists said. The...

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Russia reports pullout from Its base in Tartus

Russia reports pullout from Its base in Tartus

 Russia has evacuated all military personnel from its small naval base in Syria, Russian news organizations reported Wednesday. The base, at Tartus on the Mediterranean, has been Russia’s only foothold in the Middle East. Although it is a minor facility, its importance has...

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Susan Rice: Syria inaction a 'stain' on security council

Susan Rice: Syria inaction a 'stain' on security council

Susan Rice has called the UN Security Council's inaction on the Syrian war "a stain" on the body, in final remarks as US ambassador to the organisation. She criticised Russia and China for vetoing three resolutions that would have increased pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad....

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Hezbollah prepares for new battle in Aleppo

Hezbollah prepares for new battle in Aleppo

Tens of Hezbollah militants occupied a school, close to Shia villages in Aleppo, to make it a military point, Aleppo Media center reported. 500 fighter have gathered there in step to break the siege implemented by FSA on the Nobul and Zahraa, Pro-Assad towns and the mean...

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25 Syrians  stabbed by unknown assailants in  Beirut

25 Syrians stabbed by unknown assailants in Beirut

  25 Syrian riding a van in the area of Jisr al-Wati in Sin el-Fil were attacked with knives on Wednesday by several assailants, the state-run National News Agency reported. NNA said that the passengers, who included Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians, were heading to a studio to...

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Why do we still put Syrian refugees in tents? IKEA has a new idea

Why do we still put Syrian refugees in tents? IKEA has a new idea

This World Refugee Day, Swedish furniture maker IKEA offers up a new design for a shelter that would offer more privacy and comfort than the ubiquitous canvas tent. Nothing says misery like a hot tent in a refugee camp. That's especially true when a family spends year after year...

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Bashar al-Assad’s uncle sells Paris mansion for 70 million euros

Bashar al-Assad’s uncle sells Paris mansion for 70 million euros

Bashar al-Assad’s uncle has hastily sold a sprawling Paris mansion for 70 million euros after it had been on the market for 100 million euros, apparently fearing it could be seized by police, it emerged on Tuesday. Rifaat al-Assad, who allegedly has the blood of at least 25,000...

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More than 100,000 killed in Syria since uprising started in 2011, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

More than 100,000 killed in Syria since uprising started in 2011, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the country's uprising in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said in a new toll on Wednesday. The toll was now 100,191 people, with at least 36,661 civilians killed, along with 25,000 regime...

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Syrian refugee flees all the way to Colombia to escape the violence at home

Syrian refugee flees all the way to Colombia to escape the violence at home

 Millions of Syrians have been displaced internally by their civil war or fled abroad, but few have gone as far as Ahmed to escape the violence. Now he is a refugee in Bogota, learning Spanish so he can support himself in Colombia. Ahmed, aged 25, had a normal life in Syria with a job,...

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  Geneva 2 unlikely to take place in July: Lakhdar Brahimi

Geneva 2 unlikely to take place in July: Lakhdar Brahimi

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday that a conference on ending the war in  Syria  was unlikely to take place in July as he had hoped, and called on the United States and  Russia  to help contain the conflict. Brahimi was speaking to reporters...

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Syrian army hits rebels, Riyadh accuses Assad of genocide

Syrian army hits rebels, Riyadh accuses Assad of genocide

  Syria's military pounded rebel bastions in Damascus on Tuesday and   Saudi Arabia   demanded an arms embargo on what it called President Bashar al-Assad's genocidal and illegitimate regime. Attacking  Iran , Russia and Lebanon's Hezbollah for supporting Assad,...

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Counterterrorism Court Used to Stifle Dissent in Syria

Counterterrorism Court Used to Stifle Dissent in Syria

    The  Syrian  regime is using its sweeping Counterterrorism Law and its recently established special court against human rights defenders and other peaceful activists. On June 26, 2013, the court will resume the trial of Mazen Darwish and four of his...

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Red Crescent in Aleppo suffers gunshots by Assad forces

Red Crescent in Aleppo suffers gunshots by Assad forces

    Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in Aleppo suffered gunshots by the Assad forces in front of Aleppo Central Prison, sources revealed to Zaman Alwasl. SARC-Aleppo has begun two days ago sending humanitarian aids to Aleppo Central Prison in a convoy, after...

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EU rolls out agenda to tackle Syrian crisis

EU rolls out agenda to tackle Syrian crisis

The European Union said it supports political dialogue for Syria but noted its ongoing concern about the regional threat from civil war. The EU said it supports U.S.-Russian plans to find a political solution to the crisis in multilateral talks in Geneva. A series of U.N. reports in June...

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Muslim Brotherhood in Syria to establish new political party

Muslim Brotherhood in Syria to establish new political party

      Well-informed source told Zaman Alwasl that Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Syria would establish a political party with moderate principles. Some of the founders are already members in Syrian National Council like Dr. Mohamed Walid and Simon Maajon,...

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  Military Council in Aleppo denies receiving weapon shipment by Chief of staff

Military Council in Aleppo denies receiving weapon shipment by Chief of staff

    Commander of the rebels’ Military Council in Aleppo denied what had said through the social media about receiving weapons shipment by the Chief of Staff commander, Major General Salim Idriss.  Colonel Abdul-Jabbar al-Aqidi said The photo showed Gen....

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Syrian regime: Don’t expect Assad’s resignation at Geneva talks

Syrian regime: Don’t expect Assad’s resignation at Geneva talks

The Syrian regime will not go Geneva talks to hand over power and the opposition should not “bother” going if they expect President Bashar al-Assad to resign, Syria’s foreign minister said on Monday. Walid al-Muallem said Assad will not step down. “If your condition is President...

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Syrian rebels get first heavy weapons on the front line of Aleppo

Syrian rebels get first heavy weapons on the front line of Aleppo

“We now have supplies from Saudi Arabia,” a rebel source said. “We have been told more weapons are on their way, even higher-end missiles.” At the G8 this week Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, condemned the West’s attempts to send arms to the opposition, even though he did...

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