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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    US fears for life of woman aid worker held by Islamic State in Syria

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:14am by AP

    ... worker held by Islamic State The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old ... for the family and US officials asked that the woman not be identified out of fear for her safety. All spoke on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the issue ...

  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Besieged by Syrian rebels, Filipino UN peacekeepers vow to fight

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 05:42pm by AFP

    ... they were believed to be safe. "I want to assure the families of the soldiers we are doing everything possible to secure their safe return," Bainimarama said. "The latest information ...

  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Relief in US as Syrian jihadis free journalist hostage after James Foley’s killing

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... from Washington. Neither obliged, the authorities have said. Betsy Sullivan, a cousin of Curtis, said intermediaries involved in the negotiations had threatened the family and made ransom demands of varying amounts. But the family said that they had been assured by Qatari representatives that no money was paid for Curtis' release. The Obama administration used Curtis' ...

  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian rebels in Homs sign deal with military to give up most of stronghold city

    Posted May 04th 2014, 06:45am by AFP, GUARDIAN, AP, Reuters

    ... to elections. Rebel leaders speaking from Homs said they had little choice but to yield after at least six relentless months of shelling that has taken them and the small number of families who remain ...

  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's 'lost boy' not quiet the full picture

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 08:47pm by GDN

    ... of a four-year-old Syrian boy apparently alone in the desert, separated from his family and clutching a tattered plastic bag of possessions, seemed to epitomise the refugee crisis caused by the civil war. The image went viral after it was tweeted by United Nations staff who helped the child find his family, with the caption: "Here 4 year old Marwan, who was temporarily separated from his ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria conflict death toll reaches 150,344, human rights group says

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 09:47am by Associated Press in Beirut

    ... Christian-Armenian town of Kassab. Assad’s family hails from Latakia, the scene of a fierce 11-day battle in which rebel groups including the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have made significant gains. So far, ...

  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Pro-Assad forces kill 175 rebel fighters in ambush south of Damascus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:40am by AP

    ... the ruling family began. If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest attacks by government forces against rebels in the area. Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a field commander in the eastern ...

  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’, say Amnesty

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 07:24pm by AFP

    ... are committing war crimes by using starvation of civilians as a weapon of war,” Luther said. “The harrowing accounts of families having to resort to eating cats and dogs, and civilians attacked ...

  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Evacuations, aid delivery resume in Syria’s besieged city of Homs

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 07:24pm by AFP

    ... will bring out a number of civilians, including 20 Christians from the Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood,” he added. The Syrian Red Crescent said earlier Wednesday that a group of families from Bustan ...

  10. News - World - SYRIA

    UN details abuse of children in Syria

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... the killing and injuring of members of their families and peers, or of being separated from their family and/or displaced. The report details the detention of children as young as 11 for alleged ...




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