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Hundreds of Syrians return to Homs to find a city of death

After two years of seige, residents return to see the devastation left by the war<p>Hundreds of Syrians streamed into the city they once called home on Friday to see for the first time the apocalyptic destruction wreaked on Homs during two years of siege.<p>Returning to their neighbourhood a day after …

Jordan tightens security at refugee camps

Jordan is increasing security at refugee camps housing Syrian refugees amid fears that the conflict in Syria may spill over on to its territory.<p>Security officials say groups inside Syria are infiltrating camps trying to provoke unrest.<p>In April, a bomb was found outside Zaatari, the largest camp in …

Syrian refugees cling to stability in Iraq

<b>Domiz refugee camp, Iraq -</b> While the United Nations is warning that Lebanon could buckle under the pressure of hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, the situation in northern Iraq is a different story. Here, refugees forced from their homes by the war in Syria are slowly rebuilding their …

U.K. Cops to Moms: Tell Us if Your Sons Plan Syria Jihad Trips

Muslim women are being asked to tell authorities about relatives who are intending become jihadists by going abroad to fight in Syria's civil war.<p>British officials are concerned about the number of U.K. nationals traveling to battle President Bashar Assad and fear that they may return home and …

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Refugees Head to Sicily in ‘Biblical Exodus’

Old dying towns are seeing new life thanks to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from Syria. With aid from the government, they’re rebuilding …

Syrian warplanes 'target crowded market'

Syrian warplanes have killed 30 people in a raid on a village market, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime nears the completion of surrendering its chemical weapons stockpile.<p>The air raid on the Aleppo provincial village of Atareb, where the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that …

Desperate Syrians Trek Over 9,000-foot Mountain to Safety

MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.<p>Ahead of them: at …

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'Former Arsenal player' in Syria jihad video identified as Portuguese

British and foreign security services say man who appeared in video urging others to join jihadists is Celso Rodrigues Da Costa<p>A masked al-Qaida fighter in Syria described as a former Arsenal footballer has been identified as a Portuguese citizen, it can be disclosed.<p>The man appeared in a video …

Jordan: Combat vehicles from Syria destroyed

Jordanian fighter jets have destroyed a number of combat vehicles trying to cross into the kingdom from neighboouring Syria, according to the army.<p>A Syrian military source told state television in Damascus, however, that the vehicles that were struck on Wednesday did not belong to Syria's armed …

Syrian regime accused of chlorine gas attacks

The Syrian government has been accused of new attacks on civilians with improvised chlorine gas bombs, in the latest reports of chemical weapons use in the Syrian war.<p>Several videos posted on Youtube on Wednesday, April 16, show what is said to be victims of chlorine gas attacks in the northern …

Psychological State of Syrian Doctors is 'Deteriorating'

As violence unfolds around them in makeshift hospitals near the front lines, Syrian medical staffers are increasingly prone to Post-Traumatic Stress …

Syria crisis: Deadly clash in Jordan's Zaatari camp

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1066000/1066963_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524678221_758601145a166fee5208465a0879ddc0<p><b>At least one person has been reported killed and dozens hurt in a riot at Jordan's Zaatari camp, home to some 106,000 refugees from Syria's …

Delivering Life-Saving Supples to a Besieged Syrian Town

I started my day very early in the morning as I would soon be a part of a challenging mission. After almost two years of denied access, a Unicef …

Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East

<b>As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease - despite a massive campaign to vaccinate millions of children in surrounding countries.</b><p>In the back of a car parked …

U.S. says U.N. report lays blame on Syria government for hindered aid | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. report on how Syria’s neediest civilians are often not accessible to humanitarian relief workers makes it clear that the government of President Bashar al-Assad shoulders most of the blame, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.<p>A month after the 15-member U.N. Security …

Syrian Opposition Leader: The Peace Talks Are Dead

The top negotiator for the Syrian Opposition Coalition tells The Daily Beast there will be no more peace talks in Geneva unless the regime …

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR: 3 Years, 146,000 Dead, And No End In Sight

On March 15, 2011, just weeks after popular uprisings toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, protests erupted in Syria's southern city of Daraa after teenagers were arrested over anti-regime graffiti.<p>"The people want the fall of the regime," the youths wrote on walls, echoing similar sentiments …

Syria conflict anniversary: My friends stayed in Syria, now most of them are dead

Julia*, 14, tells her story of how she left everything behind to escape the daily bombing of her village near Damascus<p>I was born in Damascus and grew up in a village in the countryside nearby. I miss the square there, as I liked the shops and people selling things. I went to school in Damascus and …

Syrian army captures strategic border town

Syrian forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, are in full control of Yabroud after clearing out rebels holed up in the strategic Syrian town for months, Syrian state media and opposition activists have reported.<p>Capturing Yabroud, the last major rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north …

Senators Call for 'Robust' Humanitarian Strategy in Syria

Responding to devastating reports on the plight of 5.5 million Syrian children thrown into peril by civil war, 19 U.S. senators have introduced a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to develop and send to Congress “a more robust U.S. strategy for addressing the Syrian humanitarian …

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Living in a Box, Eating Weeds: Syria's Children on the Edge

DAMASCUS, Syria — They live in a wooden box at the side of a road: six children, their mother and father.<p>The children’s shoes are broken, their hands dirty, their faces smiling but reflecting the burden of a life lived on the edge, almost literally. They don’t have money. They don’t go to school, …

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Syrian Officials To U.S.: You Should Be On Our Side

LATAKIA, Syria — Syrian officials have a sharp message for American policymakers about the war in this country: you should be on our side.<p>“The militants that we face here, they are like the head of the snake,” said one Syrian army colonel, who, like all the military officials interviewed for this …

Assad ventures outside Damascus

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has made a rare trip outside Damascus to meet Syrians displaced by the country's three-year civil war.<p>In photos released on Assad's official Twitter account and published by state news agency Sana, Assad is shown visiting the Dweir shelter in Adra, northeast …

Man charged after arrest on suspicion of Syria-linked terror offences

Jamshed Javeed, from Manchester, to appear at Westminster magistrates court in London on Thursday<p>A man has been charged after being arrested on suspicion of terror offences linked to Syria.<p>Jamshed Javeed, 29, was charged with the intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism and …

Displaced Syrians Find Home on Istanbul Street

Abdullah Binnishy, a baker from the Syrian city of Aleppo, never imagined he'd open a shop with his competitors—let alone that the shop would be in Istanbul, where he can’t speak the language or even find the right kind of cooking fat. But his country’s civil war left him with few other options.<p>In …

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