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Yemeni security forces launched an offensive on al-Qaeda fighters in Taiz, killing one of the militants accused of murdering a Lebanese aid worker on Saturday.

Britain and France denounced as an "obscene masquerade" a move by Russia to produce Syrian witnesses who Moscow says were filmed in "staged videos" in Douma.

Syrian regime retakes region outside capital from rebels

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Syrian regime retakes region outside capital from rebels

Syria’s regime on Wednesday moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook a region outside Damascus from rebels and pounded southern districts to oust militants.

Multi-billion dollar donor pledge for Syrian refugee aid 'inadequate'

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Multi-billion dollar donor pledge for Syrian refugee aid 'inadequate'

International donors have pledged $4.4 billion in aid for 2018 for civilians caught up in the Syrian civil war - well short of a UN target.

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

James Snell

Trump's 'Arab Force' more closely resembles a farce

Comment: The president's transactional approach to foreign interventions shows Trump's always about the bottom line, writes James Snell.

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Syria blocks aid into Ghouta as donors pledge $4.4bn

The Syrian regime is yet to allow UN humanitarian aid into Eastern Ghouta since retaking it two weeks ago, as $4.4bn pledged toward Syria is blasted as 'not nearly enough'

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Three members of leading Syria opposition coalition resign

Three senior members of a leading Syrian opposition body have resigned in protest of what they said was the organisation's decision to "move ...

Paul Iddon

Would Russia respond to an Iranian-Israeli conflict in Syria?

Analysis: Russia's role in Syria may very well depend on any future confrontation between Israel and Iran, writes Paul Iddon.

Nino Orto

Druze community feel torn between Israel and Assad

A generation gap is at the heart of an identity crisis in the Druze community in the occupied Golan, reports Nino Orto.

Rebels dig in for <em>Assad</em> offensive in Syria's Daraa

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Rebels dig in for Assad offensive in Syria's Daraa

A regime victory in Daraa would carry symbolic weight - it was the cradle of Syria's seven-year uprising against Assad's rule.

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'Evidence' of Russian mercenaries fighting for Assad in Syria

Russian men have been observed arriving from Damascus and being taken to a military base known to train special forces, adding impetus to claims ...

Bring Syria to peace talks, EU tells Russia, Iran

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Bring Syria to peace talks, EU tells Russia, Iran

The second round of Brussels talks on the future of Syria will see the EU press Assad backers Russia and Iran to engage in UN peace ...

Donors set to pledge billions for Syria

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Donors set to pledge billions for Syria

International donors are expected to pledge billions of dollars for Syria after the UN's special envoy warned of a looming humanitarian disaster ...

Syria's Idlib on verge of becoming 'new Aleppo': UN

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Syria's Idlib on verge of becoming 'new Aleppo': UN

As the Assad regime sets its sights on rebel-held northern Syria, UN experts warn of devastating crisis in the overpopulated area if a ...

Russia 'intercepts drone attack' on its airbase in Syria

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Russia 'intercepts drone attack' on its airbase in Syria

Military drones have attacked a Russian airbase in western Syria, prompting air defence forces to intercept the offensive, Syrian news website ...

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Syrian regime intensifies assault on Palestinian refugee camp

Syrian regime forces continue pushing through Yarmouk refugee camp, intensifying bombardment in a bid to recapture remaining parts not under Assad's control.

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Iran suggests regional dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

Iran's foreign minister has suggested at the UN that open regional security talks should take place between Iran and its regional competitors.

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Syria group releases database of chemical attacks

A Syrian activist group has released a list of all suspected chemical attacks since 2012.

Usman Butt

Book review: The unexpected love objects of Dunya Noor

Book review: Dunya embarks on a journey across Syria and encounters indifference, fear and some unexpected twists, writes Usman Butt.

Russian TV 'coerced' Syrian boy into denying chemical attack

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Russian TV 'coerced' Syrian boy into denying chemical attack

The presence of uniformed men in Russia 24's video report suggest interviewees could have been coerced into denying the Douma chemical attack ...

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UN aid chief says $8bn needed to help Syrians

Mark Lowcock said a huge sum needs to be raised at a donor conference in Brussels on Wednesday to help Syrians affected by the bloody civil war.

Syrian regime offensive targets IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

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Syrian regime offensive targets IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

The Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk are the last parts of Damascus not under regime control.

Iran, trade dominate agenda on Macron's Washington visit

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Iran, trade dominate agenda on Macron's Washington visit

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to emphasise the importance of the Iran nuclear deal and trade ties with Europe during his meeting ...

No 'Plan B' for Iran nuclear deal: France

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No 'Plan B' for Iran nuclear deal: France

French President Emmanuel Macron said he has no 'plan B' for the Iran nuclear deal on Sunday, as he is expected to urge Donald Trump to stick ...

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