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UN human rights chief: Trump's attacks on press 'close to incitement of violence'

Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is “very close to incitement to violence” that would lead to journalists censoring themselves or being attacked, the outgoing UN human rights commissioner has said.<p>Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and diplomat, is stepping down this month as UN high …

Human Rights

Syria blast kills dozens of civilians in Idlib province

More than 30 people, including children, were killed when an arms depot exploded in a residential building, according to a war monitor. Civil defense …

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Army built by Syrian rebels with Turkish help faces challenges

The situation in Idlib is complicated by the presence of well-armed jihadists that have fought with the other groups.<p>><br>• ><p>A Free Syrian Army fighter …

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Whereabouts of journalist Austin Tice, McClatchy contributor, unknown in Syria | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Austin Tice, a freelance American journalist who has contributed to McClatchy, The Washington Post and other media outlets from Syria, has been …

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Syrian detainee No. 72's tales of torture

The Syrian government has acknowledged that hundreds of detainees were killed in state custody. Anchal Vohra met one of the prisoners who along with …

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Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War review: Death of a city

There’s no dearth of literature on the Syrian tragedy. But most of them, especially those published in English, are written from an outsider’s point …

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Putin man in the middle between Assad and Erdogan over Idlib

Syrian government attack on Idlib could upend Astana accord.

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The Urgency of Idlib: The Impending Regime Offensive and the Delicate Balance in Syria’s Northwest

As the Assad regime completes its conquest of southwestern Syria, attention is shifting to the country’s northwest and in particular to the province …

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Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Jordanian army said on Thursday it killed several Islamic State militants who approached its border as they fled a Syrian offensive that drove them out of their enclave in the southwest of the war-torn country.<p>Army units had used "all types of weapons" to shell a group of …

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This Syrian family dug a cellar to hide from Assad’s bombs

Earlier this year, Abu Mohammed heard the thundering echo of an airstrike, just outside his family home in Kafr Halab. Living in a town that straddles the border between the opposition-controlled provinces of western Aleppo and northern Idlib, he and his wife had grown numb to the constant barrage …

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A Trump Pact Against China?

Few understood that the election of Donald Trump may have changed the world forever.When President Trump spoke against the EU, against China, and in …


The battle to stop ex-IS fighters reaching Europe

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville follows the Free Syrian Army rebels and Turkish police who are trying to trace so-called Islamic State fighters that have fled Syria and are trying to get back into Europe.


For buoyant Assad, Syrian war enters tricky phase

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's path to a final victory in the war in Syria is strewn with diplomatic landmines that will complicate his attempt to recover "every inch" of the country and may leave big areas out of his grasp indefinitely.<p>Assad's advances have accelerated this year in …

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What is pushing Syrian Kurds to seek reunion with Damascus?

<b>Alwaght – As the Syrian crisis is nearing its end and government forces keep crushing terrorists and restoring the official rule over the country,</b> …

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Why has the Syrian civil war lasted so long?

The war in Syria may be drawing nearer to a close. Syrian regime forces have advanced through rebel territory, most recently taking Quneitra province in the southwest. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears, according to much commentary, to be heading toward victory. The war is seven years old. …

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Life goes on the Syrian way in Istanbul's 'Damascus Bazaar'

Syrians fleeing the war in their country have found a new home in the heart of Turkey's biggest city.<p><b>Istanbul, Turkey -</b> With shop signs in Arabic, Syrian food served in restaurants and fashionable abayas and Arabic perfumes available in shops, Malta Market Street reminds more of Damascus to its …

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Sweida province: Isis knocked on doors then slaughtered families

I opened the door slowly, and I saw ​the scene, ​a mother holding her children<p>Karam Monther’s mother placed the ammunition box in her youngest son’s car, holding back her tears as he drove off in the dawn light to the frontline. News had come that Islamic State militants were storming homes on the …

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Israel Shoots Down Syrian Su-24 Jet As Tensions Along The Two Countries' Border Ratchet Up

The shootdown comes soon after Israeli forces tried to knock out Syrian missiles that appeared to be headed for the country.<p>Encyclopedia of Syrian …

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Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet 'in Israeli airspace'

Israel has shot down a Syrian fighter jet that it says breached its airspace. Syria has accused Israel of targeting the plane "in Syrian …

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Woman elected to head opposition council in western Aleppo

The new leader of the opposition council in western Aleppo plans to implement projects to benefit women and develop their potential.

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I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to

Readers, a small detective story. Note down this number: MFG BGM-71E-1B. And this number: STOCK NO 1410-01-300-0254. And this code: DAA A01 C-0292. I …

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The Fall of Daraa

On July 6, after more than two weeks of hard fighting, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stood triumphant at the Nasib gate. The gate, …

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Russian-backed air strikes hit Islamic State in southern Syria: sources

AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said.<p>Islamic State-affiliated forces entrenched …

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Syrian refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens

The people from the camps were approaching the fence … to seek protection because the bombardment was very close Aid worker<p>It’s a regular stop for holidaymakers in Israel. American teenagers, some of them boys in sleeveless basketball tops, cluster on hilltop lookouts in the Golan Heights, a …

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Syrian forces advance as Russia-France aid arrives

The Syrian regime has gained ground in southwestern Quneitra province after rebels were evacuated from the area under a deal. This comes as the first …

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Syria rebels begin leaving zone near Golan: state media

Bullets: Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan HeightsRebels in Quneitra province have agreed to either accept …

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With Turkey's help, Syrian opposition issue new ID cards

AL-BAB, Syria (Reuters) - Opposition authorities are issuing new ID cards in northern Syria with help from neighboring Turkey, expanding their administration over territory that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad's expanding area of control.<p>For the many Syrians who lost all forms of …

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PKK documents reveal $600 million revenue

Documents acquired from PKK show that the terror group spent $4 million on tunnels built against the Turkish army and accumulated an annual revenue …

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Journalist Sues U.S. Government After Five Near-Death Experiences Convince Him He Is On A Kill List

A Black man is accusing the United States government of placing him on a kill-list after five near death experiences.Bilal Abdul Kareem, born Darrell …

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Syrian government reaches reconciliation deal with rebels in Nawa

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Syrian government reached a reconciliation agreement Wednesday with rebels in Nawa, in southern Daraa province.<p>According to the agreement, rebel forces agreed to hand over "military hardware" followed by the rest of their weapons once ISIS is removed from southern Syria.<p>Anyone who is …

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