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IS takes over Palestinian refugee camp in Syria

Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The

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As regional war rages, Syria's Assad faces setbacks

In the course of a week, several setbacks for President Bashar Al-Assad have provided fresh reminders of the strains facing the Syrian army and its allies in the four-year-long struggle for Syria. In the southwest at the border wi

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Nations pledge $3.8bn for Syria humanitarian crisis

Countries have pledged $3.8 billion to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at a summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday. The United Nations is seeking to fund aid efforts

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Assad urges united front with Iraq against terrorism

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has called during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle Islamic State militants on their territory. Th

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Air strike on IS-run refinery in Syria kills 30

A US-led coalition air strike in Syria hit an oil refinery run by the Islamic State militant group near the border with Turkey on Sunday, killing 30 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Rami Abdulrahman, who r

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Air strike on IS-run refinery in Syria kills 30

A US-led coalition air strike in Syria hit an oil refinery run by the Islamic State militant group near the border with Turkey on Sunday, killing 30 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Rami Abdulrahman, who r

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Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

Syria's envoy to the United Nations says it's time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Mid

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Islamic State takes 150 hostages in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday. A Syrian Christian group representing several NGOs insid

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No wheat imports for Syria this year: minister

The Syrian government does not expect to import wheat this year because domestic grain supplies will be boosted by heavy rainfall and wider control over farmland, a minister said. Hassan Safiyeh, the minister of internal trade and

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Jordan's air force resumes raids against Islamic State

Jordanian air force jets bombed the hideouts of Islamic State militants in Syria, state television said, resuming the intensified raids that it first launched last week in retaliation for the killing of a pilot. King Abdullah has

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