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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 07:05pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva IS executioners make Friday fright day Islamic State (IS) forces in northern Syria are waging a campaign to instil fear, carrying out amputations, public executions ... that should be prosecuted, the UN officials said in a 45-page report issued in Geneva. "Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays in al Raqqa and [IS]-controlled areas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581221/un-accuses-islamic-state-mass-atrocities-jihadist-held-syria
  2. 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

    ... publicly. More than a week ago, American freelance journalist James Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State group, which kidnapped him in November 2012. Foley, 40, had worked in a number of conflict ... unreported by news organisations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’ release. The group reported 52 journalists have been killed since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581054/american-woman-held-hostage-islamic-state-syria-us-muslim-convert-ranks
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Dozens of soldiers beheaded as Islamic State captures Syrian military base

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by MCT

    ... public executions, crucifixions and other "gross human rights violations". Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse, Reuters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559933/dozens-soldiers-beheaded-islamic-state-captures-syrian-military-base
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian children suffering from ‘brutal’ health care methods, says charity

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 10:31pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beirut Doctors forced to resort to 'harrowing' methods due to lack of medical supplies, says charity Syrian children suffer from 'brutal' health care Syria's health care system is on the brink of collapse, with medics forced to engage in "brutal medical practices" to save lives, an international charity organisation said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1446562/syrian-children-suffering-brutal-health-care-methods-says-charity
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad to face two candidates in Syria presidential vote

    Posted May 04th 2014, 08:46pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... and the West as a “farce”. Both Hajjar and Nuri are largely unknown to the Syrian public. Candidates whose bids were rejected have until May 7 to appeal the court’s decision, said Majed al-Khadra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1504366/assad-face-two-candidates-syria-presidential-vote
  6. 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
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:59pm by GDN

    ... and rival groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has become both destructive and counterproductive. Detailed media reports in regional publications claim the operational plans, ... said. None of the Western or Arab states that have intelligence and military staff working at the centre, the Military Operations Command, had publicly acknowledged it, but the centre's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447266/push-syrias-southern-front-aims-overwhelm-assad-regime
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    UN to vaccinate 10.5 million children in Middle East against polio

    Posted Oct 27th 2013, 06:22am by NYT

    ... the government and rebel sides strongly suggested the children had been afflicted with polio. The possibility of a polio epidemic in Syria, where the once-vaunted public health system has collapsed after ... 700,000 Syrian refugees, public health officials said on Friday that they were undertaking a related effort to vaccinate all children younger than five. Altogether, Aylward said, more than 10 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1340632/un-vaccinate-105-million-children-middle-east-against-polio
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    UN details abuse of children in Syria

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

    ... children’s access to education and health services,” Ban wrote. “Government forces have also been responsible for the arrest, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and torture of children,” he added. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1421590/un-details-abuse-children-syria
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria opposition threatens peace talks boycott over Iran

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 10:34am by Agence France-Presse

    ... conference as conditioned on Iran’s explicit and public support for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “This is something Iran has never done publicly and something we have long made clear is required.” She noted that the statement adopted by the major powers in Geneva on June 30, 2012 called for establishing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1409531/syria-opposition-threatens-peace-talks-boycott-over-iran

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