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Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks

Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks

Syria's opposition is edging towards agreeing to international peace talks in Geneva but wants approval from fighters inside the country first to give the process more legitimacy, sources at talks in Istanbul said late on Saturday. The leadership of the Syrian National Coalition is...

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Journalists in Syria face growing risk of kidnap

Journalists in Syria face growing risk of kidnap

Behind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria — held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. The widespread seizure of journalists is unprecedented, and has been largely unreported by news...

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Saudi Arabia exempts Syrian workers from labor permit regulations

Saudi Arabia exempts Syrian workers from labor permit regulations

Saudi authorities announced on Monday that Syrian workers who had violated their labor permit conditions would be exempt from deportation. Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said: “Current circumstances in Syria do not allow us to force...

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Iran says Pakistan must finance own gas pipeline

Iran says Pakistan must finance own gas pipeline

  Iran's deputy oil minister, Ali Majedi, said Monday on that Pakistan must finance a controversial pipeline that would enable it to buy gas from the Islamic republic. Majedi's remarks come after Pakistan's Oil Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked Iran to stump up $2 billion (1.45...

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Norway bows out as location for destruction of Syria's chemical arms

Norway bows out as location for destruction of Syria's chemical arms

    Norwegian officials, citing time and regulatory issues, turned down a U.S. request to help destroy chemical weapons in the dismantling of Syria's toxic arsenal. "After a comprehensive assessment, the two countries [Norway and the United States] have come...

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UK's Hague urges Syria opposition to join Geneva talks

UK's Hague urges Syria opposition to join Geneva talks

Syria's moderate opposition should "commit itself fully" to planned peace talks, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said after talks in London. Planned talks in Geneva next month offered Syrians the "best hope to improve their lives", Mr Hague said. He was speaking after Arab and...

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 Ahrar al-Sham denounce HRW of executions and taking hostages

Ahrar al-Sham denounce HRW of executions and taking hostages

The Islamic Ahrar al-Sham movement has denied the Human Rights Watch accusation  of   execution civilians and taking hostages in the Alawite villages in Latakia. In a statement was obtained by Zaman Alwasl, the rebel movement said no one of its fighters was involved...

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Syrian Trade Routes Shift as Cucumbers Carve Out Divisions

Syrian Trade Routes Shift as Cucumbers Carve Out Divisions

The cucumbers at Haitham Mohammad’s stall used to travel a few miles to Damascus from the lush fields of Ghouta around the Syrian capital. They now get shipped from more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away. The produce comes from the northern Aleppo Province after anti-government rebels...

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Iran has occupied Syria, opposition chief says

Iran has occupied Syria, opposition chief says

 Syria National Coalition President Ahmed al-Jarba said Iran has occupied Syria. “Iran must not have the role of the middle in the Syria talks because it has occupied Syria,” he said. The SNC has also called on the Lebanese Hezbollah to evacuate Syrian soil....

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Ikea Sends Its New Flatpack Refugee Shelter to Syria

Ikea Sends Its New Flatpack Refugee Shelter to Syria

Ikea, known for its affordable flatpack furniture, is moving into new territory: refugee housing. The Swedish retailer has teamed up with the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) to develop a   flatpack shelter   that can be quickly assembled on site. Recently...

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Syrian pound strengthens against US dollar after UN resolution approved

Syrian pound strengthens against US dollar after UN resolution approved

    The exchange rate of the Syrian pound rapidly strengthened against the US dollar recently after the international community agreed to resolve the chemical weapon crisis within the United Nations framework.   The Syrian pound showed more than 20...

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Forged documents to transfer ownership of refugee properties

Forged documents to transfer ownership of refugee properties

Many Syrians have witnessed transferring of the ownership of their properties into other owners, moreover, many properties have been sold where the thieves have used forged documents, according to Eqtsad, Business newspaper.   Official sources confirmed...

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Oil drops toward $106 as Syria tensions ease

Oil drops toward $106 as Syria tensions ease

Progress in reaching a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons helped put downward pressure on oil prices Friday. Benchmark oil for October delivery was down 31 cents to $106.09 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell...

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 Syria's war costs Lebanon billions of dollars

Syria's war costs Lebanon billions of dollars

A World Bank report has said spillover from the Syrian war has cost Lebanon billions of dollars, deeply damaged its economy and harshly strained social services such as health and education. The new report, published on the website of Lebanese daily al-Safir on Thursday,...

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Dismantled Syrian Factories Resold in Turkey

Dismantled Syrian Factories Resold in Turkey

  Syrian businessmen said 15 giant plants have been dismantled and brought across the border to Turkey, in addition to many other smaller factories. Some of these factories were re-assembled in Turkey and are already operational, while others were sold as second-hand machinery. Some...

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Syria:11 killed in regime air strike on field hospital

Syria:11 killed in regime air strike on field hospital

A Syrian regime air strike on a field hospital in the northern province of Aleppo killed at least 11 people on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.   “At least 11 people, including a doctor... were killed in an air strike on a field hospital in...

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Share rally pauses, markets watching diplomacy on Syria

Share rally pauses, markets watching diplomacy on Syria

A week of gains for world  stocks  petered out on Wednesday and a sell-off in oil and core government debt eased, as talks began on trying to avert a U.S. military strike on  Syria  against a broadly calm market backdrop. The safe-haven yen was at a seven-week low...

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  Electricity bills to increase in Syria amid People's suffering

Electricity bills to increase in Syria amid People's suffering

  Regime government intended to increase the electricity price for Syrian cosutumers  for the third time amid claims that the increase would not affect the lowest class consumers. The Assad government also discussed a decision to raise tariffs for subscribers for tension...

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