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Europe at 'polio risk' from Syria

Friday, November 8th 2013, 2:21

The outbreak of polio in Syria could lead to the disease re-emerging in Europe according to an article in the Lancet journal.
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Syrians grow numb to pain of war

Thursday, November 7th 2013, 17:30
related places: Damascus

Lyse Doucet on how Damascus copes with relentless conflict
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'Hundreds' of Britons fight in Syria

Thursday, November 7th 2013, 17:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The number of British Islamists who have gone to Syria to fight is in the "low hundreds", the head of domestic intelligence service MI5 says.
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Syria army retakes key rebel enclave

Thursday, November 7th 2013, 10:47
related places: Damascus

Syrian troops have retaken a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, state media say, as chemical weapons inspectors verify another site.
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VIDEO: Central Damascus hit by bombing

Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 23:30
related places: Damascus

In Syria, two bomb attacks, one in a busy square in Damascus, have claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured many more.
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Deadly blast hits central Damascus

Wednesday, November 6th 2013, 22:31
related places: Damascus

Eight people are killed by am explosion blast in the Syrian capital Damascus, and another eight in a blast in the Druze town of Suweida, reports say.
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Syria peace conference delayed

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 19:37

UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says a peace conference he had hoped to hold in Geneva this month on the Syria conflict has been delayed.
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VIDEO: 'Let Syrian people decide future'

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 19:33

As world powers meet in Geneva to discuss possible Syria peace talks, the Syrian Presidential Advisor, Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, has rejected the opposition's demand that President Assad make it clear before the talks that he will step down during the tr
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Envoys in Syria peace talks summit

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 18:47

Talks are held in Geneva between UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and international diplomats to try to pave the way for a Syria peace conference.
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Iranian commander 'killed in Syria'

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 11:46
related countries: Iran Iran

A funeral is held in south-eastern Iran for a Revolutionary Guards commander who was reportedly killed by rebel forces in Syria.
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VIDEO: Polio outbreak in Syria

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 5:33

The World Health Organization has confirmed 10 cases of polio in Syria - the first outbreak in the country in 14 years.
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UN: 40% of Syrians need foreign aid

Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 1:46

Some 9.3 million people in Syria - or about 40% of the population - now need outside assistance, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says.
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Israel 'conducts Syria air strike'

Friday, November 1st 2013, 9:28
related countries: Israel Israel, Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Latakia

Israeli aircraft have carried out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, apparently targeting Russian-made missiles, a US official says.
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Syria chemical equipment destroyed

Thursday, October 31st 2013, 23:42

Syria's declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons has been destroyed, the international watchdog OPCW says.
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VIDEO: BBC allowed onto Damascus front line

Thursday, October 31st 2013, 22:48

Syria's declared chemical weapons facilities have been destroyed, according to international inspectors.
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Polish hostage escapes from Syria

Thursday, October 31st 2013, 11:47
related countries: Poland Poland

A Polish photojournalist has escaped from kidnappers in Syria three months after his capture
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Syrians 'denied entry into Jordan'

Thursday, October 31st 2013, 8:00
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Hundreds of people fleeing the civil war in Syria are being turned back at the border with Jordan and other countries, says Amnesty International.
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Fears for 'trapped' Syrian civilians

Wednesday, October 30th 2013, 15:53
related places: Damascus

There are fears many civilians may still be trapped in a besieged Damascus suburb, despite thousands finally being allowed to leave.
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Envoy Brahimi talks peace with Assad

Wednesday, October 30th 2013, 15:11
related places: Damascus

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to try to win backing for planned peace talks next month.
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AUDIO: Syrian civilians 'too weak to walk'

Wednesday, October 30th 2013, 10:27
related places: Damascus

Lyse Doucet reports from Moadamiya, the war-battered suburb of Damascus.
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VIDEO: Starved Syrians flee Damascus suburb

Tuesday, October 29th 2013, 22:34
related places: Damascus

The BBC's chief international correspondent witnesses a tide of Syrians fleeing a suburb which has been under siege for nine months.
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Starved Syrians flee Damascus suburb

Tuesday, October 29th 2013, 17:59
related places: Damascus

Thousands of desperate civilians flee a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus that has been blockaded by government forces since March.
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VIDEO: Moment of escape from siege suburb

Tuesday, October 29th 2013, 15:33
related places: Damascus

Thousands of Syrian civilians have finally been allowed to leave the besieged Damascus suburb of Moadamiya.
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Polio outbreak in Syria confirmed

Tuesday, October 29th 2013, 12:19

World health officials confirm Syria's first outbreak of polio in 14 years, amid speculation that foreign groups fighting in Syria may have imported it.
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Two Syria chemical sites not visited

Monday, October 28th 2013, 15:45

Chemical weapons inspectors finish the first phase of their verification activities in Syria, but say two sites were not visited for security reasons.
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VIDEO: 'World's tallest man' weds fiancée

Monday, October 28th 2013, 15:01

After years of being unable to find love, the world's tallest man - according to Guinness World Records - ties the knot with his Syrian fiancée over the weekend.
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Syria submits arms destruction plan

Sunday, October 27th 2013, 15:34

Syria submits a plan for the destruction of its chemical weapons, as international inspectors try to complete visiting weapons sites.
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VIDEO: Syria inspection deadline looms

Sunday, October 27th 2013, 8:07

Weapons inspectors in Syria have until the end of Sunday to meet their deadline for visiting all of the chemical weapons sites declared by the the country's government.
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Syria: Kurds seize border crossing

Saturday, October 26th 2013, 19:26
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Kurdish fighters in north-eastern Syria seize control of an important border crossing with Iraq from Islamist rebel groups.
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Syria rebels doubt death report

Friday, October 25th 2013, 22:59

Syrian rebels cast doubt on claims that the head of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, has been killed in western Syria.
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Car bomb targets Syrian mosque

Friday, October 25th 2013, 22:22
related places: Damascus

At least 40 people, some of them children, have been killed in a car bomb blast outside a mosque in Syria's Damascus province, activists say.
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Syria: Polio epidemic fears grow

Friday, October 25th 2013, 12:13

The number of suspected cases of polio among children in Syria is believed to have risen sharply, with at least 22 people now thought to be suffering from the disease, health officials say.
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'Four killed' in Lebanon flare-up

Thursday, October 24th 2013, 13:29
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

At least four people are killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syria 'releases female prisoners'

Thursday, October 24th 2013, 11:33

At least 61 female prisoners are released by the Syrian government in one of the final stages of a complex three-way hostage deal, reports say.
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Syria hit by blackouts after blast

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013, 23:26
related places: Damascus

An explosion near the airport in Syria's capital, Damascus, is followed by blackouts in the city and across the country.
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VIDEO: Starting a new life in Sweden

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 23:19
related countries: Sweden Sweden

Chris Morris visits a migrant processing centre in Sweden, which has taken in more asylum seekers from Syria than any other country in Europe.
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VIDEO: The long journey of a Syrian family

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 21:54
related countries: Austria Austria, Italy Italy
related places: Lampedusa, Vienna

The BBC's Matthew Price rejoins a Syrian refugee family after their long journey from the Italian island of Lampedusa to Vienna in search of a better life.
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Syria opposition urged to join talks

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 20:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Syria's moderate opposition should "commit itself fully" to planned peace talks, ministers from the Friends of Syria group of countries say.
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VIDEO: Syria opposition urged to join talks

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 18:11

Syria's moderate opposition should "commit itself fully" to planned peace talks, the Friends of Syria groups of countries have said.
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VIDEO: From middle class to hiding on trains

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 10:04
related countries: Austria Austria, Italy Italy
related places: Lampedusa, Vienna

The BBC's Matthew Price rejoins a Syrian refugee family after their long journey from the Italian island of Lampedusa to Vienna in search of a better life.
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VIDEO: Key Syria talks to open in London

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 5:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Arab and Western foreign ministers are to meet Syrian opposition officials in London in an effort to persuade them to attend upcoming peace talks.
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VIDEO: Migrant police 'increasing checks'

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 5:37
related countries: Germany Germany, Italy Italy

Bethany Bell follows four Syrian men who tried to make the journey from Italy to Germany, only to be sent back by border police.
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Rebel commander killed in Syria

Monday, October 21st 2013, 17:25

A senior rebel commander in southern Syria has been killed in fighting with government troops near the city of Deraa, activists and state media say.
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Syria: Polio outbreak fears

Monday, October 21st 2013, 8:35

Experts are concerned that polio may have made a return in war-torn Syria.
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VIDEO: The Syrian folk singer hot in the US

Monday, October 21st 2013, 0:57
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

Omar Souleyman's traditional folk makes waves in New York
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Deadly truck bomb rocks Syrian city

Sunday, October 20th 2013, 14:39

At least 30 people are killed by a suicide truck bombing targeting government troops on the edge of the central Syrian city of Hama.
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VIDEO: Inside Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camp

Sunday, October 20th 2013, 8:12
related countries: Iraq Iraq

An increasing number of Syrian Kurdish refugees are heading to Iraqi Kurdistan as fighting between Kurds and jihadist groups in northern Syria intensifies.
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Hostages freed in Lebanon swap deal

Sunday, October 20th 2013, 4:15
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Turkey Turkey

Nine Lebanese citizens kidnapped in Syria last year return home to Beirut, after a complex hostage deal sees two Turkish pilots released in Lebanon.
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UN calls for urgent Syria ceasefire

Saturday, October 19th 2013, 16:32
related places: Damascus

The UN's humanitarian chief calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah to allow for aid delivery and evacuations.
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Syrian soldiers 'killed in blast'

Saturday, October 19th 2013, 10:43
related places: Damascus

At least 16 Syrian soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing and fighting that followed in a Damascus suburb, activists say.
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Lebanese hostages in Syria 'freed'

Saturday, October 19th 2013, 1:56
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims held hostage in Syria since May 2012 have been freed, the Lebanese interior minister says.
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US warns Syria over 'mass hunger'

Saturday, October 19th 2013, 0:56
related countries: United States United States
related places: Damascus

The US urges the Syrian government to allow immediate aid convoys to starving civilians cut off for months in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.
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VIDEO: A Syrian family's struggle to survive

Friday, October 18th 2013, 21:28

The deteriorating plight of civilians trapped in Syria's conflict has raised alarm among international aid agencies.
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Syrian intelligence chief killed

Friday, October 18th 2013, 15:12

A senior Military Intelligence officer, who activists said was close to President Bashar al-Assad, has been killed in eastern Syria.
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Egypt denies holding Syrian refugees

Friday, October 18th 2013, 11:22
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Egypt has described as inaccurate an Amnesty International report that accuses it of unlawfully detaining hundreds of Syrian refugees.
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AUDIO: UK 'will give us a place to sleep'

Friday, October 18th 2013, 10:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

5 live's Lesley Ashmall speaks to Syrian refugees in Calais who are desperate to start a new life in Britain.
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Inspectors hail progress in Syria

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 17:05

Chemical weapons inspectors say they are making good progress in Syria, having completed nearly 50% of their work.
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Syrian refugees 'detained in Egypt'

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 10:35
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Syrian refugees fleeing to Egypt face unlawful detention, often in deplorable conditions, or deportation, Amnesty International says.
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VIDEO: Who is fighting who in Syria?

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 6:50

The BBC's Lina Sinjab takes a look at who is involved in the Syria conflict.
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Carnage as bus hits mine in Syria

Wednesday, October 16th 2013, 19:48

At least 21 people were killed, including children, when a bus ran over an explosive device in Deraa, southern Syria, say activists.
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Syria's Christians 'flee conflict'

Wednesday, October 16th 2013, 15:48

A senior Syrian Church leader says almost a third of the country's Christians have fled their homes - but insists the Christian community will survive.
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Abducted Turks in Lebanon video

Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 21:19
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Turkey Turkey

Two Turkish pilots kidnapped in Lebanon in August apparently in connection with the Syria conflict appear in a video on Lebanese television.
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Starving Syrians 'can eat dogs'

Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 15:09
related places: Damascus

A group of Muslim clerics in Syria issue a religious ruling permitting people living in besieged suburbs of Damascus to eat cats, dogs and donkeys.
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VIDEO: Bomb blast interrupts Syrian live TV

Monday, October 14th 2013, 18:54
related places: Damascus

Two bomb blasts interrupt a live television interview from Damascus. In northern Syria three of the kidnapped Red Cross workers and a local volunteer are freed.
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Arms team in Syria short-truce plea

Monday, October 14th 2013, 15:55

The head of the body tasked with destroying Syria's chemical arsenal tells the BBC fighting is hampering access to sites and calls for truces.
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Three Red Cross staff freed in Syria

Monday, October 14th 2013, 13:51

Three out of six kidnapped Red Cross members and a Syrian Red Crescent volunteer are freed in Syria, the ICRC says.
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Red Cross workers kidnapped in Syria

Sunday, October 13th 2013, 18:56

Seven Red Cross and Red Crescent workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in north-west Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
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