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Turkish, US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone

Turkish, US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone

Turkey’s foreign minister and his U.S. counterpart spoke over the phone, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Saturday. Mevlut Cavusoglu and Mike Pompeo discussed latest developments in Syria, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media....

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Hungary to free Syrian involved in 2015 border riots

Hungary to free Syrian involved in 2015 border riots

Hungary will release a Syrian man serving prison time over his role in a border riot in 2015, a court spokesman said Friday. Ahmed H. was convicted for “complicity in an act of terror” and sentenced to seven years in prison. The Szeged Court of Appeals upheld the verdict but reduced...

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Palmyra artifacts restored by Damascus museum experts

Palmyra artifacts restored by Damascus museum experts

In the National Museum of Damascus, archaeologist Muntajab Youssef works on an ancient stone bust from Palmyra, one of hundreds of artifacts his team is painstakingly restoring after they were damaged by Daesh (ISIS). Centuries-old statues and sculptures were wrecked by the extremists when they...

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Syrian regime blocks Tadamon refugees from returning home

Syrian regime blocks Tadamon refugees from returning home

   (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian regime ordered the residents of Tadamon neighborhood south of Damascus, who were forced to leave their homes to present a copy of a certified ‘title deed’ by the financial or the government’s Real Estate directorate to be allowed returning...

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Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

The Syrian regime-run news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus...

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Turkey reinforces troops on border with Idlib: Anadolu

Turkey reinforces troops on border with Idlib: Anadolu

Turkey sent a convoy of commando units and armored vehicles to the Turkish province of Hatay on the Syrian border, state-owned Anadolu news agency said Friday. The convoy was being sent to reinforce a Turkish military presence on the border near the northern province of Idlib, the last...

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US official: Troop withdrawal from Syria has started

US official: Troop withdrawal from Syria has started

An American military official says the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-coalition fighting Daesh (ISIS), says the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria." In a...

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Detainees: former inmate tells Hanaa torture memo

Detainees: former inmate tells Hanaa torture memo

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Zaman al-Wasl obtained a picture of a woman detainee Hana’a Abdulatif Khaled, who died under torture, and due to medical negligence in Damascus (Adra) Central Prison. The former detainee Luna al-Agha has revealed that Han’aa, who was born in 1987 in the town...

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US to host Iran-focused summit in Feb: Pompeo

US to host Iran-focused summit in Feb: Pompeo

The United States plans to host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in a report published on Friday. In an interview with the news network, Pompeo said the international gathering would be...

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Russia says U.S. wants to stay in Syria despite announced exit - RIA

Russia says U.S. wants to stay in Syria despite announced exit - RIA

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had the impression that the United States wanted to stay in Syria despite the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops, RIA news agency reported. U.S. President Donald Trump last month unexpectedly announced a U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.

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Air France suspends Saudi flights due to route's poor economic performance

Air France suspends Saudi flights due to route's poor economic performance

Air France will suspend its flights to Saudi Arabia from Feb. 1 due to the route's poor economic performance, the company said Thursday. Direct flights between Paris and the Saudi capital Riyadh will now be ensured by Saudi Arabian Airlines as part of a cooperation agreement between the...

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Jarablus: children with disabilities have own rehabilitation center

Jarablus: children with disabilities have own rehabilitation center

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Local civil initiatives opened the first rehabilitation center for children with disabilities last December in the northeastern city of Jarablus, seeking more integration and adaptation in the post-war phase.  The center adopts the learning-through-playing as an...

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US troop withdrawal from Syria will happen: Pompeo

US troop withdrawal from Syria will happen: Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria announced by President Donald Trump last month will go ahead despite widespread criticism. "President Trump's decision to withdraw our troops has been made. We will do that," Pompeo told a joint...

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Iran will not comply with 'illegal' US sanctions: Oil minister

Iran will not comply with 'illegal' US sanctions: Oil minister

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Thursday U.S. sanctions against his country were "fully illegal" and Tehran would not comply with them. "We believe that we should not comply with the illegal sanctions against Iran," Zanganeh told a joint news conference in Baghdad with his...

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Cease-fire deal sees militants take over Idlib: reports

Cease-fire deal sees militants take over Idlib: reports

The main militant alliance in Idlib region reached a deal Thursday ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the whole rebel enclave. The agreement brings an immediate end to the fighting between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, led by Al-Qaeda's former...

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Syrian minister optimistic on Kurdish talks

Syrian minister optimistic on Kurdish talks

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad expressed optimism Wednesday over dialogue with Kurdish groups that want to strike a political deal with Damascus, suggesting progress had been made in contacts mediated by Russia. Kurdish-led groups who control swathes of northern Syria have...

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Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

Chinese ambassador accuses Canada of 'white supremacy' in Huawei case

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday accused Canada and its allies of "Western egotism and white supremacy" for demanding the immediate release of two Canadians held for alleged spying. In a letter published by The Hill Times newspaper, China's ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye also criticized the...

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Ex-Disney animation chief, accused of misconduct, hired by new studio

Ex-Disney animation chief, accused of misconduct, hired by new studio

Former Disney animation chief John Lasseter, who resigned last year after acknowledging he made staff feel uncomfortable with unwanted hugs, has landed a new job at Skydance Media, the company said Wednesday. Lasseter, famous for transforming Pixar from a small graphics department at...

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