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  1. News - World - SYRIA

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

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... holiday. A senior administration official said Curtis was released in the Golan Heights, where he was met by US government personnel who took him to Tel Aviv, Israel. In a video obtained ... 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' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580526/american-journalist-held-syria-freed-qatar-exerts-influence-militants
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... after the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Monday to US airlines banning all flights in Syrian airspace. The agency said armed extremists were "known to be equipped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577016/new-report-highlights-threat-aircraft-militants-syria
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Barack Obama seeks US$500 million from Congress to train, equip Syrian rebels

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:07pm by AFP

    ... weeks by President Barack Obama's administration, and months of pressure from lawmakers including Senator John McCain, the White House said Thursday it intended to "ramp up US support ... spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the funding "would build on the administration's longstanding efforts to empower the moderate Syrian opposition" and allow the Pentagon to increase its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541552/obama-seeks-us500-million-congress-train-equip-syrian-rebels
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian government still using chemical weapons, says French foreign minister

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:34pm by AP

    ... summarily or tortured to death, "All these people lost their lives as a result of torture, summary executions, maltreatment, poor detention conditions, including a lack of food, and because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512155/syrian-government-still-using-chemical-weapons-says-french-foreign
  5. 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

    ... of a national reconciliation but, in effect, amount to surrenders. They compel rebel groups to first raise the Syrian flag over a civic centre, then hand over heavy weapons in return for food. Some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1503705/syrian-rebels-homs-sign-deal-military-give-most-stronghold-city
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Freed French journalists tell of mock executions, beatings in Syria hostage ordeal

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... when the guards entered their cell pretending to bring food and instead, "they had brought snow and they had a snowball fight with us". The four were eventually brought by car ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1494529/freed-french-journalists-tell-mock-executions-beatings-syria-hostage
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Internet videos show Syrian rebel forces using US anti-tank missiles

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 09:43pm by Reuters

    ... surface-to-air missiles was considered but rejected. National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the administration was giving support she did not define. "The US is committed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1484413/internet-videos-show-syrian-rebel-forces-using-us-anti-tank-missiles
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Captagon: the amphetamine fuelling Syria's civil war

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 11:05pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Drug used across Mideast keeps fighters active and helps to buy arms Captagon: the amphetamine fuelling civil war As Syria sinks deeper into civil war, evidence is emerging ... of illegal drugs. Separate investigations by the news agency Reuters and Time magazine have found that the growing trade in Syrian-made Captagon- an amphetamine widely consumed in the Middle East ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1405712/captagon-amphetamine-fuelling-syrias-civil-war
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Russia backs Syria in condemning closure of embassies in US

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 09:56pm by Reuters

    ... added. The State Department has given Syrian diplomats until the end of March to leave the country, while administrative staff have until April 30 to pack up. Syria announced on March 10 it would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1453471/russia-backs-syria-condemning-closure-embassies-us
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Three years after revolt to topple him began, Assad retains grip on power

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 05:54am by WASHPOST

    ... the agency warned of a lost generation as many struggle to find food and to access health care and go without schooling.   Every 10 minutes: One person dies. More than 140,000 people have been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1449582/three-years-after-revolt-topple-him-began-assad-retains-grip-power

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