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600 rebels, civilians leave southern Damascus to Idlib

600 rebels, civilians leave southern Damascus to Idlib

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The second batch of rebels and their families have left the southern suburbs of Damascus on Friday, heading northern Syria as clashes are still underway between regime forces and Daesh in Yarmouk Camp. The state-run news agency SANA reported that buses were...

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Over 10,000 migrants have returned home from Greece

Over 10,000 migrants have returned home from Greece

More than 10,000 migrants in Greece have voluntarily returned home in the last 20 months, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, said on Friday. "More than 10,000 migrants returned voluntarily and safely to their home countries from Greece between...

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Chemical weapons inspectors back from Douma: source

Chemical weapons inspectors back from Douma: source

Chemical weapons inspectors have returned from a mission to the Syrian town of Douma, where they took samples and interviewed witnesses to determine whether banned munitions were used in an attack last month, a diplomatic source said on Friday. A team of experts from the Organisation...

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Regime forces step up aerial campaign on Daraa province

Regime forces step up aerial campaign on Daraa province

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime forces have stepped up its aerial campaign on southern Daraa province in the past 48 hours, violating to the US-Russian de-escalation zone agreement, local activists said. Friday's strikes targeted the towns of al-Hara and Tel al-Hara in the western...

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Syria rebels hand over arms in new deal with regime: monitor

Syria rebels hand over arms in new deal with regime: monitor

Syrian rebels Friday were surrendering their heavy weapons after reaching a new deal with the government for a central swathe of territory, a war monitor said. Opposition fighters agreed with regime forces and their allies to a ceasefire deal earlier this week for parts of Syria's...

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U.S. freezes funding for

U.S. freezes funding for "White Helmets"

Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian group was showered with praise for saving lives in Syria. "Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about...

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Syrian warplanes breach de-escalation deal in Daraa, kill and wound dozen

Syrian warplanes breach de-escalation deal in Daraa, kill and wound dozen

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime warplanes on Thursday have conducted new raids on the eastern countryside of Daraa province, in a new breach to the US-Russia de-escalation zone agreement, local activists said.   Daraa-based activist Dia'a al-Heraki told Zaman al-Wasl that a dozen of...

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OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

Global chemical arms inspectors are to take the unprecedented step of exhuming some bodies of victims in the Syrian town of Douma as they work to verify last month's alleged chemical attack, a media report said Thursday. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons chief Ahmet...

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Libyan foreign minister meets senior Russian official in Moscow

Libyan foreign minister meets senior Russian official in Moscow

Libya's Foreign Minister Mohammad Taher Siala discussed the conflict in his country with the secretary of Russia's security council on Thursday in Moscow, the council said. Siala and Nikolai Patrushev also discussed counter-terrorism measures, the statement said.

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Syrian rebels start pull-out from south Damascus

Syrian rebels start pull-out from south Damascus

Syrian rebels began pulling out of an enclave they have surrendered in south Damascus on Thursday, but a few fighters in another besieged area near Homs shelled regime areas after their groups agreed to quit. The enclaves in south Damascus and near Homs are the only two besieged areas...

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Syrian regime to change identity cards, passports: Interior Minister

Syrian regime to change identity cards, passports: Interior Minister

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian Interior Minister said the regime is working on issuing new ID’s to avoide forgery, such a move endorses the fears of demographic change and the settlement of Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists in the Sunni-sect dominated areas. Mohammad al-Sha’ar made his...

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Idlib: 8 people, including 4 rebels, killed in blast attacks

Idlib: 8 people, including 4 rebels, killed in blast attacks

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A car bomb killed at least 4 civilians in the town of al-Dana in northwestern Idlib province, police officer told Zaman al-Wasl Thursday. The blast targeted local employees working for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) while they were heading their office in...

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Turkish inflation surges again in April ahead of polls

Turkish inflation surges again in April ahead of polls

Turkey's inflation rate edged up to almost 11 percent in April, official statistics showed Thursday, adding to fears that the economy is overheating less than two months ahead of elections. Consumer prices rose 10.85 percent in April from the same month the year earlier, the Turkish...

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Germany arrests suspected member of Daesh

Germany arrests suspected member of Daesh

German authorities say they have arrested a 25-year-old Syrian man on suspicion of being a member of Daesh (ISIS). Federal prosecutors say Faisal A.H., whose full name was withheld on privacy grounds, was detained Wednesday in the southwestern city of Tuebingen. Prosecutors said...

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Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria on Thursday, killing both pilots, Moscow's defense ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. "As it was climbing after taking off from the Hmeimim airbase, the Russian fighter Su-30SM crashed into the...

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20 forces from Tartus killed in two weeks

20 forces from Tartus killed in two weeks

(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 20 regime troops from the coastal province of Tartus were killed in two weeks, most of them killed by Daesh in the southern suburbs of Damascus, pro-regime news feeds said.   The death toll included Brigadier General and 4 officers.  More than...

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Rebels agree withdrawal deal for northern Homs: official

Rebels agree withdrawal deal for northern Homs: official

Syrian rebels accepted a deal Wednesday to quit their enclave near Homs city, a rebel official said, as the military crushes the last two besieged insurgent pockets in the country. The agreement, which Russia brokered, would restore state rule, with fighters handing over their heavy...

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Air France cuts back on Iran flights, blames weak demand

Air France cuts back on Iran flights, blames weak demand

Air France is cutting its Joon subsidiary's service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only, blaming a poor economic performance over two years in operation. "Air France has decided to adapt its programme to better match demand," a spokeswoman said by email, adding that the...

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