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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

    ... Associated Press in Washington US officials say humanitarian aid worker, 26, is being held in Syria; also confirm death of American who joined Islamist militants US fears for life of aid ... 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 ...

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

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

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of [the al-Nusra Front]," US Secretary of State John Kerry ... about the intentions of different militant groups in Syria and Iraq and how the US should deal with hostage takers. US President Barack Obama was briefed on the release as he wrapped up his ...

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

    UK ‘close’ to identifying James Foley’s executioner, as reports point to rapper

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:54pm by Reuters

    ... alleged al-Qaeda operative who was extradited from Britain to the US in 2012 to face terrorism charges in connection with the twin 1998 bombings at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580663/uk-close-identifying-james-foleys-executioner-reports-point-rapper
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    UN rights chief slams Syria ‘paralysis’ as death toll tops 191,000

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:26pm by AFP

    ... against humanity have been committed time and time again with total impunity” but that the deadlocked UN Security Council had failed to refer the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1579370/un-rights-chief-slams-syria-paralysis-death-toll-tops-191000
  5. 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
  6. News - Asia - SYRIA

    Australian grandfather in tears at Syria photo of seven-year-old boy with severed head

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:43am

    ... pictured holding a severed head in Syria said the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks on Tuesday. ... an Islamic State fighter, sparked outrage. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said it showed how barbaric IS militants had become, while Australian Muslim leaders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1571921/im-scared-children-australian-grandfather-tears-syria-photo-seven-year-old-severed
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Outrage over image of Australian boy with Syrian soldier’s severed head

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:02pm by AP

    ... but for the wider world. "We see more and more evidence of just how barbaric this particular entity is." US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, in Australia for talks, was equally outraged, saying ... "This is a potential humanitarian catastrophe. US President [Barack] Obama has said it's a potential genocide. "So we do have some Hercules C1-30 aircraft in the Middle East and we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571610/outrage-over-image-australian-boy-syrian-soldiers-severed-head
  8. News - World - SYRIA

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington White House asks US Congress to approve US$500 million to train and arm fighters Obama seeks funds for Syria rebels The White House has asked lawmakers for US$500 million to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels, in what would be a significant escalation of US involvement in a conflict that has spilled into Iraq. Following several signals in recent ...

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

    Assad to face two candidates in Syria presidential vote

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus President Bashar al-Assad is to face two challengers in Syria’s June 3 presidential election, which he is assured of winning, the constitutional court said on Sunday. “The supreme constitutional court announces... the acceptance of candidacy bids registered by... Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and Bashar Hafez al-Assad,” a court ...

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

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

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

    ... But the Syrian army has its priorities and we shall decide what to do next." The Free Syrian Army, backed by the US, Britain, EU, Turkey and the Gulf states, insists it is the only group capable ...

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

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