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Guns fall silent as Syria truce takes effect

Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, the first day of a cessation of hostilities that the United Nations has described as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war. Under the US-Russ

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Suicide blast at Damascus club kills several

A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a residential district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing several people, Syria's interior ministry said. It said a number of people were also wounded in the

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Air strike kills dozens in Syria ahead of peace talk plans

An air strike reportedly killed dozens of people in a rebel-held town in Syria on Saturday as a UN envoy visited Damascus to advance preparations for peace talks planned this month despite opposition misgivings. Agreement was also

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Blasts hit Damascus building, 'militant chief killed'

A number of rockets hit a building in the Damascus district of Jaramana on Sunday, reportedly killing Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar according to government loyalists. Syria's state media blamed "terrorist groups&q

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Damascus world’s least liveable city, Melbourne best: study

Damascus has the worst living conditions among all the cities in the world, said The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest liveability survey, which ranked Melbourne as the most liveable city for the fourth year in a row. The

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Mortar strike on Damascus school kills 14

Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said. The attack in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of Shaghour ca

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Syrian exporters try to revive businesses

Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home. While production in Syria is running at a small fraction of p

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Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor is hit

Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium. The Foreign Ministry called on the UN nuclear agency to urg

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Strike on Syria could trigger reprisals, cyber war

It's a truism often repeated in the Pentagon and across the U.S. security establishment: In war, the enemy gets a vote. A US-led cruise missile attack on Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, which seems in

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Melbourne 'most liveable city, Damascus least'

Melbourne, Australia was named the world's most liveable city for the third year in a row, according to a survey of 140 cities released this month by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that also ranked the Syrian capital Damascus last.

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