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Ceasefire in Syria's Homs extended

A humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs was extended on Thursday for three more days, the city's governor told Reuters. "The ceasefire has been extended for an additional three days, starting from today, to al

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300 men from Homs held by Syrian authorities

Syrian authorities are holding and questioning more than 300 men deemed of fighting age who fled the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs during an agreed ceasefire, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. A UN-brokered 'humani

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Syria talks hit more trouble as Homs starves

The US on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar Al-Assad. The Syrian government said

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In rural Homs, Sunni Syrians fear army offensive

The dark, murky waters of Houla Lake erupt daily when struck by the bombs of Syrian fighter jets and shells fired from the surrounding hills.   Besieged by the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad for more than a

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Syria says army retakes Homs district from rebels

Syrian authorities said on Monday the army had regained full control over a rebel-held district of Homs after weeks of fighting in the central city which has been at the heart of the two-year uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad.

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Pro-Assad militia kills Syrian reconciliation team

Gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead at least six mediators sent to try to reconcile warring sectarian groups in the province of Homs, where people on opposing sides in Syria's war had until now been able to coexist, residents

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Syrian forces step up fight against rebels in Homs

Syrian forces fought with rebel groups in Homs on Monday in a battle seen as crucial to the government's attempts to divide rebels and carve out links between the capital and President Bashar al-Assad's coastal strongholds.

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Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria

President Bashar Al-Assad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery from the air on Sunday, the second day of their offensive in central Syria, activists said. They said rebels defending the old c

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Massacre of over 100 reported in Syria's Homs

More than 100 people were shot, stabbed or possibly burned to death by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs, a monitoring group said on Thursday, and fierce fighting raged across the country. The British-based Syrian Obser

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Arab Spring in spotlight at Cannes fest

The 'Arab Spring' is the focus of two movies at Cannes this year as film makers present tentative steps towards democracy on the big screen, one year after political upheaval in Libya and Egypt. While both films deal with contempor

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