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Pope takes Syrian migrants to Vatican

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 22:31
related countries: Greece Greece

Pope Francis takes 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
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Syrian attempts suicide on Lesbos

Friday, April 15th 2016, 17:25
related countries: Greece Greece

A Syrian man reportedly attempts to kill himself in a detention camp for migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.
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Putin talks up Syrian army strength

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 13:07
related countries: Russia Russia

Syrian forces are able to carry out "serious offensive operations" despite a withdrawal of most Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.
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VIDEO: Aleppo's underground doctors

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 23:03
related places: Aleppo

Footage from inside a hospital in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo shows the risky conditions doctors must work in.
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VIDEO: What attracts EU workers to the UK?

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 20:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

While the crisis of refugees fleeing Syria has dominated the headlines, more migrants heading for the UK are coming from southern Europe.
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Syria fighting threatens peace talks

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 7:51
related places: Aleppo

The UN is to convene a new round of indirect talks in Geneva aimed at ending the war in Syria, as fighting in Aleppo province threatens a fragile truce.
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Russian helicopter crashes in Syria

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 8:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Two Russian pilots die in a military helicopter crash near the central Syrian city of Homs, Russia's defence ministry says.
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IS recaptures town from Syrian rebels

Monday, April 11th 2016, 10:07

Islamic State (IS) militants have retaken a strategically important town in northern Syria from rebel forces, activists say.
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IS 'killed 21 Syrian Christians'

Sunday, April 10th 2016, 20:53

Islamic State militants killed 21 Syrian Christians in the central town of al-Qaryatain, the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church tells the BBC.
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US journalist abducted in Syria freed

Friday, April 8th 2016, 16:27
related countries: United States United States

A US freelance photographer who has been held in Syria for almost four years is released, the State Department says.
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Syrian rebels capture key town from IS

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 23:28

Syrian rebels have seized control of the strategically important northern town of al-Rai from so-called Islamic State (IS).
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IS 'abducts hundreds of Syrian workers'

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 16:09
related places: Damascus

At least 200 people are reported missing after an attack by suspected Islamic State militants on a cement factory east of Damascus.
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VIDEO: Minesweeping in Palmyra, Syria

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 21:27
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian mine disposal teams are beginning to clear mines from the Syrian city of Palmyra following its recapture from the Islamic State group.
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Syrian army attacks south of Aleppo

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 17:38
related places: Aleppo

Government forces in Syria launch a counter-offensive to retake a village south of the city of Aleppo recently captured by jihadist militants.
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IS 'used mustard gas' on Syrian troops

Tuesday, April 5th 2016, 11:54

State media in Syria accuse militants from so-called Islamic State of using mustard gas against government forces in the north-east.
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Syrian forces 'recapture town from IS'

Monday, April 4th 2016, 8:17

Syrian forces have retaken the central town of al-Qaryatain from so-called Islamic State (IS), in a further strategic blow to the militant group, state media say.
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Air strike 'kills al-Nusra spokesman'

Sunday, April 3rd 2016, 21:08

The spokesman for the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front is among 20 or so jihadists killed in an air raid in Syria, activists report.
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Alawites distance themselves from Assad

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 23:01

Leaders of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect in Syria release a document distancing themselves from his regime.
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'Mass grave' in recaptured Syrian city

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 22:04

Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing about 40 bodies in the city of Palmyra following its recapture from IS group, state news agency Sana reports.
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VIDEO: Syrian migrant: 'Deportation is a big mistake'

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 4:20
related countries: Greece Greece, Turkey Turkey

The Greek parliament has passed a law allowing migrants arriving in the country to be returned to Turkey.
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VIDEO: Inside Palmyra after recapture from IS

Friday, April 1st 2016, 12:23

Pictures have emerged revealing the extent of the damage caused by Islamic State militants during their occupation of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
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Turkey 'forcibly returning Syrians'

Friday, April 1st 2016, 9:47

Turkey has forced thousands of refugees to return to Syria in breach of international law, a new report by Amnesty International says.
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US 'appalled' by Damascus air strikes

Friday, April 1st 2016, 9:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: Damascus

The US says it is "appalled" by reports that Syrian government air strikes killed more than 30 people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Thursday.
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Assad: 'Opposition' could join government

Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 15:13

Syria's president says "opposition forces" could form part of a new government, the shape of which could be agreed at peace talks in Geneva.
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VIDEO: The Syrian refugee who's become a star in Germany

Monday, March 28th 2016, 23:59
related countries: Germany Germany

The Syrian who's become a big hit in Germany
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Syrian army 'presses on from Palmyra'

Monday, March 28th 2016, 18:47
related countries: Russia Russia

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, is said to be continuing its offensive against so-called Islamic State after recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra.
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Pictures reveal IS damage to Palmyra

Monday, March 28th 2016, 8:04

Hours after Syrian troops recaptured Palmyra, images emerge showing the extent of damage wrought by Islamic State group militants.
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Recapture of Palmyra tightens noose on IS

Monday, March 28th 2016, 0:40

Recapture of Syrian city pushes back IS, but strengthens Assad
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VIDEO: Ancient Syrian city 're-captured from IS'

Sunday, March 27th 2016, 19:20
related countries: Russia Russia

Syrian government forces have re-captured the ancient city of Palmyra from so-called Islamic State (IS), say state media and a monitoring group.
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Assad hails Palmyra recapture from IS

Sunday, March 27th 2016, 19:00

The Syrian president praises the army's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra from IS as new images of the damage caused by the militants emerge.
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Syria government forces 'enter Palmyra'

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 20:34

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes seize several neighbourhoods in Palmyra, state TV says.
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Syria army 'retakes Palmyra citadel'

Friday, March 25th 2016, 16:31

Syrian government forces advance further into IS-held Palmyra, reportedly capturing a castle perched on a hill above the ruins of the ancient city.
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IS senior leader 'killed in Syria'

Friday, March 25th 2016, 15:47
related countries: United States United States

The US announces it has killed a number of leading Islamic State (IS) militants in the past week, including the purported second-in-command.
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VIDEO: US and Russia in Syria peace process pledge

Friday, March 25th 2016, 7:04
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he has agreed with Russia to accelerate work towards a political transition in Syria.
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Refugees rescue far-right politician

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016, 23:40
related countries: Germany Germany

A far-right German politician is rescued by two Syrian refugees after he crashes his car in a tree, German media report.
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VIDEO: The comedians mocking so-called Islamic State

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016, 0:30
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The comedians mocking militants inside Syria and Iraq
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Russia warns US over Syria violations

Monday, March 21st 2016, 15:29
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Russia says it will unilaterally start using force against those violating the partial truce in Syria, if the US does not agree to joint rules by Tuesday.
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Sunday, March 20th 2016, 0:14
related places: Damascus

The 70s pop song that still gets Syrians dancing
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Paintings of hope for Syria's children

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 0:49

The children's magazine that's still printed in Syria today
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Russia strikes 'target IS at Palmyra'

Friday, March 18th 2016, 22:51
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Is

Russia says it is conducting up to 25 air strikes a day on Islamic State around the ancient city of Palmyra , but US officials cast doubt on the claims.
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VIDEO: Meet the Syrian refugee rapper

Friday, March 18th 2016, 0:03

Nineteen-year-old Tammam from Syria has been using hip hop as a way to document his experience.
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Video emerges of Japanese hostage

Thursday, March 17th 2016, 10:36
related countries: Japan Japan

The Japanese government says it believes a video posted on Facebook is of the journalist Jumpei Yasuda, missing in Syria.
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Russia's Syria operation: Mission complete?

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 18:06

Does Russia's surprise pullback mean mission accomplished?
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Syria rejects direct peace talks

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 15:37

Syrian government representatives rule out starting direct negotiations with the opposition, as UN-backed peace talks in Geneva continue.
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In search of Syria's pigeon smugglers

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 1:24

Sneaking prize-winning birds out of Syria
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Kerry plans key Syria talks in Russia

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 23:14
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Russia next week to discuss the Syrian conflict, after Moscow's decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces.
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IS militants 'lose 22%' of territory

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 19:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq

A new analysis, by research company IHS, suggests so-called Islamic State militants have lost 22% of territory in Syria and Iraq over the past 14 months.
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Russia's Syria pullback: A catalyst for peace?

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 16:57
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia's surprise decision to move forces out of Syria
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Russia 'to continue Syria air strikes'

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 16:42
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia will continue air strikes on "terrorist targets" in Syria, despite announcing the withdrawal of most of its forces, officials say.
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First Russian planes leave Syria

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 11:07
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian forces start leaving Syria after a surprise withdrawal announcement by President Vladimir Putin, but officials say air strikes will continue.
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VIDEO: How do Syrian children explain the war?

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 1:03

Syrian children explain in stark terms how the war has changed their lives, including the loved ones that they have lost.
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Putin orders surprise Syria withdrawal

Monday, March 14th 2016, 21:46
related countries: Russia Russia

In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders the military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.
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Syria talks are 'moment of truth' - UN

Monday, March 14th 2016, 16:19
related countries: France France, United States United States
related places: Monday

The UN envoy to Syria says fresh peace talks in Geneva are a "moment of truth" but disagreements over President Assad's future remain.
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Syria foes wrangle ahead of peace talks

Saturday, March 12th 2016, 20:47

The Syrian government says it will attend fresh peace talks due to start in Geneva on Monday, but has put limits on the agenda.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugee plays piano for Ai Weiwei

Saturday, March 12th 2016, 19:43
related countries: China China, Greece Greece, Macedonia Macedonia

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei set up a piano in the middle of a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border.
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IS commander 'limped away' from attack

Friday, March 11th 2016, 16:52
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Baghdad

A top commander of so-called Islamic State (IS) may have survived a recent US air strike in north-eastern Syria, US defence officials in Baghdad say.
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Syrian opposition to attend talks

Friday, March 11th 2016, 16:30

The main Syrian opposition group, the HNC, says it will attend the next round of peace talks scheduled to start in Geneva on Monday.
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VIDEO: Mother of three 'sleeping on streets'

Friday, March 11th 2016, 0:01
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Athens

The BBC's Nuala McGovern hears from Syrian migrant, Rabaa, in Athens who describes the trauma that forced her to flee Hama.
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IS commander 'survived US air strike'

Thursday, March 10th 2016, 10:49
related countries: United States United States

A monitoring group says Islamic State military commander Omar Shishani was badly wounded but not killed in a recent US air strike in northern Syria.
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VIDEO: Syrian orphan's remarkable recovery

Thursday, March 10th 2016, 0:02

Mustafa has made an inspiring recovering after being seriously injured by a barrel bomb which killed both his parents.
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VIDEO: Syrian children paying the price of war

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 22:52
related places: Damascus

The BBC has spoken to three children, in Amman, in Damascus, and in Ketermaya, who have fled the conflict. Caroline Hawley starts in Amman with 5 year-old Mustafa.
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UN expects 'substantive' Syria talks

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 16:08

The UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says he expects "substantive, deeper" talks between the government and opposition to begin on Monday.
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Top IS commander targeted in US strike

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 10:37
related countries: United States United States

The US military targeted and likely killed a top Islamic State commander in an air strike in Syria last week, officials say.
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Syria conflict: Spring truce brings calm, but for how long?

Monday, March 7th 2016, 16:55

Spring truce brings calm to Syria, but for how long?
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VIDEO: 'Better for us to stay in Syria and die'

Monday, March 7th 2016, 6:48
related countries: Greece Greece, Macedonia Macedonia

Alaa and Abdul Aziz, a brother and sister from Syria stranded on the Greek-Macedonian border at Idomeni, tell Christian Fraser about the reality of life as migrants.
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VIDEO: 'Rare moment of quiet' in Syria

Sunday, March 6th 2016, 22:50

Five years after the civil war began with protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad began in southern Syria, a fragile truce is still holding in many areas of the country.
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Syria truce 'boosts peace talks'

Friday, March 4th 2016, 17:30

The truce apparently holding in Syria will create momentum behind peace talks aimed at ending the conflict, major European powers agree.
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