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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 ... against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish capital of Arbil. The woman was captured last year while working with three humanitarian groups in Syria. A representative ...

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

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

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

    ... Associated Press in Washington Report highlights threat to aircraft Armed groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could be diverted to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists. The report was released hours ...

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

    Damascus enjoys relative calm this Ramadan as missiles subside

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

    ... streets Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favourite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria's capital before war ... driver Wael Sharabi said he felt more relaxed and "not afraid any more". "Last year, I would work afternoons and go home, but just yesterday I picked up my last fare ...

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

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

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

    ... al-Assad. "The only way to resolve the situation is to work with President Assad," Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, told The Guardian. Mekdad said that "many ...

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

    ISIL ‘crucifies eight rival fighters’ in Syria

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

    ... border, it said. He was pinned up for eight hours as a punishment for giving false testimony but survived the ordeal, the Observatory said. ISIL, a rebranding of al Qaeda in Iraq which fought ...

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

    100,000 victims’ names read in global protest against UN inaction on Syria

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 08:49pm by AFP

    ... of the more than 160,000 people killed during the three-year civil war were to be read during a 24-hour period in cities across North America, Europe and inside Syria. Demonstrators held up a banner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524687/100000-victims-names-read-global-protest-against-un-inaction-syria
  7. News - World - SYRIA

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

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

    ... have both dubbed it a "farce". The vote "does not fulfil international standards for free, fair and transparent elections and I am sure no [Nato] ally will recognise the outcome ...

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

    Chemical weapons inspectors safe after convoy attacked in central Syria

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:10pm by AP

    ... vehicles yesterday after the government agreed to a ceasefire in Kfar Zeita between 8am and 6pm "to facilitate the work of this mission". After the OPCW team arrived in the village ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1520145/chemical-weapons-inspectors-safe-after-convoy-attacked-central-syria
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologises to Syrian people as he steps down

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:46pm by Reuters

    ... would work on finding someone to replace Brahimi. There are several possible candidates, among them former Tunisian foreign minister Kamel Morjane. Ban praised Brahimi's perseverance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512152/un-mediator-lakhdar-brahimi-apologises-syrian-people-he-steps-down
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Russia, US work on deal to disarm Syria of chemical weapons

    Posted Sep 12th 2013, 10:44am by Reuters

    ... of Bashar al-Assad to make a complete, public declaration of its chemical weapons stockpiles quickly as a prelude to allowing them to be inspected and neutralised. This week’s eleventh-hour Russian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1308737/russia-us-work-deal-disarm-syria-chemical-weapons

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