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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Damascus enjoys relative calm this Ramadan as missiles subside

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by AFP

    ... broke out. "We get together to chat, smoke a hookah, until late," said the man in his 40s. "It's a big change from Ramadan last year when we'd race home at sunset ... on Wednesday when Assad was being sworn in for a new term, he admitted. "But we're still optimistic, it was a lot worse last year," he said. At the Dama Rose hotel, in an upmarket ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556764/damascus-enjoys-relative-calm-ramadan-missiles-subside
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... Bishop. Robert Edward Cerantonio, 29, who also goes by the name Musa Cerantonio, would be deported to Australia, Philippine police said. A report in The Australian newspaper last month described ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete: Pentagon

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:43am by Agence France-Presse in Washington and Reuters in Slaviansk

    ... the culmination of a programme to rid Syria of its chemical weapons stockpile after the outcry that followed chemical attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime in the suburbs of Damascus on August 23 last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545328/transfer-syrian-chemical-weapons-complete-pentagon
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    ISIL ‘crucifies eight rival fighters’ in Syria

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 09:30pm by Reuters

    ... eastern oil-producing Euphrates River region. Its lightning gains in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim northern and western provinces over the last three weeks mean ISIL now commands a large cross-border ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1543166/isil-crucifies-eight-rival-fighters-syria
  5. News - World - SYRIA

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

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

    ... million in 2011 to 10.8 million, jumping 1.5 million in just the last six months. But she said government policies had held up food aid for one million people in May, and just half of June's ...

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

    Assad certain of crushing win in Syria's controversial presidential vote

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:39pm by AFP

    ... in ruins after rebel forces pulled out last month following a devastating two-year siege. At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria since an uprising against Assad's rule erupted ... eligible to take part in the poll, on top of the 200,000 who voted abroad last week. Assad allies Iran, North Korea and Russia sent observers to monitor the election, but the opposition and Nato ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524438/assad-certain-crushing-win-syrias-controversial-presidential-vote
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:01am by AFP

    ... is thought to have been behind a truck bombing against regime forces last Sunday in the northern province of Idlib. He went by the alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki. Abu Hurayra refers to a companion ... in Aleppo, and was on his second visit to Syria, returning there late last year. A Syrian fighter from the al-Nusra Front told The Times that Abu-Salha spoke only poor Arabic, but was dedicated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1522478/us-confirms-american-carried-out-syria-suicide-bombing
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian government still using chemical weapons, says French foreign minister

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

    ... the threat of US air strikes last summer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle his chemical weapons programme. Currently, a joint mission by the United Nations and the international ... described the 14 attacks since last October 25 as "small-scale" and not likely to spur a Western military response. The Syrian government has denied using chlorine, and has instead accused ...

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

    Human Rights Watch says evidence 'strongly suggests’ Syria regime used chlorine gas

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... suggests” Syria’s government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in violation of the chemical weapons treaty it joined last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The New ... Convention last year as part of a deal to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal after it was accused of a sarin attack in the suburbs of Damascus. Possessing chlorine is not a violation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511235/human-rights-watch-says-evidence-strongly-suggests-syria-regime-used
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    France asks UN to refer Syrian war to International Criminal Court

    Posted May 13th 2014, 09:04pm by Reuters

    ... rights chief Navi Pillay told the Security Council last month that human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed opposition groups. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511342/france-asks-un-refer-syrian-war-international-criminal-court

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