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VIDEO: Syrian cartoonist taking on Assad

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 23:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Provocative artworks by a Syrian political cartoonist have gone on display in London.
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UN receives Syria chemical documents

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 17:09
related countries: Russia Russia

The UN confirms it has received Syrian documents on joining the Chemical Weapons Convention, as key talks loom in Geneva.
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US lawmakers dismiss Putin on Syria

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 16:23
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US lawmakers respond negatively to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times about the Syria crisis.
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VIDEO: 'Iranians fighting in Syria'

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 13:17
related countries: Iran Iran

Video footage has emerged that appears to show Iranian nationals dressed in military clothing operating inside Syria and apparently working with government forces.
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VIDEO: Diplomatic push for Syria plan

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 13:12
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Geneva

US Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks about a Russian-led plan to try and secure Syria's chemical weapons.
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Syria chemical plan 'doable' says US

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 12:51
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Geneva

US officials say a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal, due to be discussed with Russia in Geneva, is "doable but difficult".
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VIDEO: Putin writes to Americans on Syria

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 10:42
related countries: United States United States

As Russia and the US prepare for face to face talks over chemical weapons in Syria, Vladimir Putin has issued a direct appeal to the American people.
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Putin issues plea to US over Syria

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 10:02
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Damascus, Geneva

Vladimir Putin appeals to the American people over Syria, before US-Russia talks on Damascus's chemical weapons.
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VIDEO: Free Syrian Army rejects Russia plan

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 9:27
related countries: Russia Russia

The rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, has said it rejects the Russian initiative to put the Syrian government's stock of chemical weapons under international control.
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VIDEO: Putin in personal plea to US

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 6:57
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a direct personal appeal to the American people over the Syrian crisis in an opinion article in the New York Times.
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VIDEO: Pressure on Jordan as Syrians flee

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 6:26
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Unemployment and rising living costs are putting pressure on local populations in some areas of Jordan as thousands of refugees enter the country from neighbouring Syria.
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UN powers discuss Syria proposal

Thursday, September 12th 2013, 1:16
related countries: Russia Russia

Envoys of the five permanent UN Security Council members have met to discuss a Russian plan for making safe Syria's chemical weapons.
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VIDEO: Inside Syrian town where battle rages

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 21:27

The battle for the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula is continuing, with heavy gunfire, says the BBC's Jeremy Bowen.
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VIDEO: Obama postpones vote on Syria strike

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 20:57

President Obama has asked Congress to postpone a vote authorising the use of force to give diplomacy a chance.
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Russia 'hands Syria plans to US'

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 19:50
related countries: United States United States

Russia has handed over to the US its plans to make safe Syria's chemical weapons, sources say, after President Obama put military strikes on hold.
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Battle continues in Syria's Maaloula

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 18:10

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen sees fierce fighting in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, despite reports that Syrian forces had retaken it.
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VIDEO: Battle rages in ancient Syrian town

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 17:48

A fierce battle in an ancient Christian town in Syria is raging despite reports that government forces had retaken it.
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AUDIO: Fierce fighting in ancient Syrian town

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 15:46

Syrian government forces have been fighting rebels in the historic Christian town of Maaloula. Jeremy Bowen reports from the town.
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Obama puts Syria strike on hold

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 14:58
related countries: United States United States

As the US puts military action over Syria's chemical weapons on hold, the BBC witnesses new clashes in the Christian town of Maaloula.
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VIDEO: Middle East voices on Syria crisis

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 12:30
related countries: United States United States

BBC News asked people in various countries across the Middle East to share their views on a possible military strike against Syria.
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VIDEO: Inside Syria reaction to Obama speech

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 9:53
related places: Damascus

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports from Damascus about reaction to President Obama's speech.
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Gordon Brown's Syrian refugee school plan

Wednesday, September 11th 2013, 9:10

Gordon Brown's school plan for refugees
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Wrangling looms over UN Syria motion

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 22:15
related countries: Russia Russia

A Russian plan to make safe Syria's chemical weapons sparks disputes over a UN resolution, as President Obama prepares to address the nation.
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VIDEO: US remains sceptical on Syria plan

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 21:42
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US President Obama has said he will go along with a Russian plan for Syrian chemical weapons to be placed under international control, as long as the move is not a stalling tactic.
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Cameron outlines UN Syria resolution

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 17:20
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

David Cameron says the UK, France and the US are tabling a UN resolution on Syria designed to ensure a plan to hand over chemical weapons is "not a ruse".
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Syria hostage 'treated like animal'

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 16:44
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian journalist Domenico Quirico speaks of his five-month ordeal as a hostage of armed groups in Syria, saying he was treated "like an animal".
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VIDEO: 'Russian plan new chance for Syria'

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 16:32
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

PJ Crowley, the former US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, says Russia's intervention over Syria will increase the chances of a peaceful political solution.
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US warning on Syria chemicals plan

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 15:57
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

The US says a Russian plan to make safe Syria's chemical weapons must be "swift and verifiable" and warns it will not fall for stalling tactics.
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France floats tough UN Syria move

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 15:33
related countries: France France

France urges a tough UN Security Council on Syria's chemical weapons, as Damascus accepts a Russian plan to put them under international control.
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Syrians' resentment at Western delay

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 15:29

Anger in northern Syria at world's 'indifference'
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Obama 'could pause Syria plans'

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 8:46
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

President Obama says he will put plans for a military strike on Syria on hold if the country places its chemical weapons under international control.
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VIDEO: Syrians in Jordan urging US strike

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 3:58
related countries: Jordan Jordan, United States United States

The BBC's Yolande Knell has been to Zaatari Camp in Jordan to speak to Syrians about their opinions on possible US military action.
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VIDEO: Assad: US 'foolish' to strike Syria

Tuesday, September 10th 2013, 2:51
related countries: United States United States

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warns of the regional repercussions if the US was to launch military action against Syria.
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VIDEO: Syria war videos key in fight for support

Monday, September 9th 2013, 23:34

The dangerous online battle to sway public opinion over Syria
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Give up weapons, Russia urges Syria

Monday, September 9th 2013, 20:23
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Russia says it has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons under "international control" and have them destroyed to avoid US military strikes.
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VIDEO: Christians flee to Damascus cathedral

Monday, September 9th 2013, 18:23
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Damascus

Rebel forces have taken control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, with Christians fleeing to the Greek Catholic cathedral in Damascus for help.
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US will pay price for strike - Assad

Monday, September 9th 2013, 14:26
related countries: United States United States

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells the US it will "pay the price" if it strikes against Syria, as Secretary of State John Kerry once again urges action.
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Riskier not to strike Syria, US says

Monday, September 9th 2013, 12:12
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says not acting against Syria's alleged chemical weapons use is riskier than acting, but Russia presses for negotiations.
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Hague: US and UK 'aligned' on Syria

Monday, September 9th 2013, 11:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Kerry, London

William Hague says UK and US policy on Syria is "closely aligned" despite the UK ruling out involvement in any military intervention.
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VIDEO: Syria 'crossed global red line'

Monday, September 9th 2013, 4:57
related countries: United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Arab League foreign ministers have agreed that the Syrian president's alleged use of chemical weapons crossed a "global red line.''
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Italian and Belgian freed in Syria

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 23:52
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian journalist Domenico Quirico and Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata are released after being kidnapped in Syria in April.
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VIDEO: Illusion of normality in Damascus

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 21:52
related countries: United States United States
related places: Damascus

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports from Damascus, where street life continues, but the threat of a potential US strike looms over Syria.
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VIDEO: Kerry in London for Syria talks

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 18:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Damascus, London

In an interview with the US broadcaster PBS, the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, is said to have yet again denied any involvement in a chemical weapons attack on Damascus suburbs last month. It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in
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VIDEO: Live: Kerry meets Arab League leaders

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 10:57
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

The US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding a news conference with representatives from the Arab League, ahead of a debate in Congress over a possible military strike in Syria.
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Kerry seeks Arab support over Syria

Sunday, September 8th 2013, 10:43
related countries: France France, United States United States
related places: Paris, Arab

US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Arab leaders in Paris as part of a tour to gather support for military intervention in Syria.
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'Support for Syria action growing'

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 21:21
related countries: United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the number of states ready to take military action against Syria's government is in "double digits".
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VIDEO: Kerry: 'This is our Munich moment'

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 18:56
related countries: United States United States
related places: Munich

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described the situation in Syria as "our Munich moment", comparing possible military intervention to World War II.
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Obama urges no 'blind eye' to Syria

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 18:27
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Congress

President Barack Obama says the US cannot "turn a blind eye" to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as he urges Congress to back military action.
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VIDEO: Russia and US no closer on Syria

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 7:23
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

President Barack Obama has returned to the US from the G20 summit in Russia, which ended without consensus among world leaders on military action against the Syrian government.
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VIDEO: Syrian businesses forced to leave

Saturday, September 7th 2013, 0:18

As Syrian businessmen and women flee the country to set up companies elsewhere in the region, two business owners tell the BBC how they have had to start over from scratch.
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Russia and US no closer on Syria

Friday, September 6th 2013, 21:11
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

As the G20 summit concludes in St Petersburg, speeches by key leaders lay bare the bitter divisions over military action in Syria.
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VIDEO: G20: What do Syrians think?

Friday, September 6th 2013, 18:22
related countries: United States United States
related places: Friday

The fallout from last month's chemical attack in Syria continued at the G20 summit in St Petersburg on Friday, with President Obama pushing for international support for a US strike against the Assad government.
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PM: Don't leave Syria decision to UN

Friday, September 6th 2013, 15:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Relying on the United Nations to act on Syria would be tantamount to "contracting out" British foreign policy, David Cameron says.
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Syria rebels withdraw from Maaloula

Friday, September 6th 2013, 12:53
related places: Damascus

Syrian rebels have withdrawn after briefly entering an ancient Christian town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, the main opposition alliance says.
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Obama pushes for support on Syria

Friday, September 6th 2013, 12:47
related countries: United States United States

US President Obama uses his final day at the G20 summit to push for support for a military strike on Syria, but global leaders remain divided.
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VIDEO: Mexico's president speaks to the BBC

Friday, September 6th 2013, 12:40
related countries: Botswana Botswana, Mexico Mexico, United States United States

The BBC's Jon Sopel spoke to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about Syria, the G20 and claims a US intelligence agency spied on him and his Brazilian counterpart.
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VIDEO: Syria is a 'disastrous situation'

Friday, September 6th 2013, 12:32

The President of the World Bank has urged the world to unite in order to combat the "humanitarian disaster" in Syria.
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Blair: Iraq made UK timid over Syria

Friday, September 6th 2013, 10:26
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Tony Blair says the aftermath of the Iraq war made the UK "hesitant" to intervene in Syria - and criticises Ed Miliband for voting against the government.
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G20 'split' as US hits out at Russia

Friday, September 6th 2013, 9:13
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

World leaders meeting at the G20 summit in Russia remain divided over Syria, while the US envoy to the UN sharply criticises Moscow.
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PM pledges more UK aid for Syria

Friday, September 6th 2013, 9:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prime Minister David Cameron commits a further £52m in UK aid for victims of the civil war in Syria, taking the UK's total spending on the crisis to £400m.
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War-weary Americans wary of Syria

Friday, September 6th 2013, 2:35
related countries: United States United States

Mark Mardell reports on US doubts over Syria military strikes
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Putin warns economic risks remain

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 20:15

Russia's President Vladimir Putin tells world leaders at the G20 summit that a return to economic crisis cannot be ruled out.
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Divided G20 discusses Syria crisis

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 19:34
related countries: Russia Russia

Leaders of the G20 nations are locked in a divisive debate over Syria, as they close the first day of a two-day summit in Russia.
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UK 'has new Syria chemical evidence'

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 16:59
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

David Cameron says Britain has fresh evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, as he arrives in Russia for the G20 summit of world leaders.
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US Senate panel backs force in Syria

Thursday, September 5th 2013, 1:20
related countries: United States United States
related places: Senate

President Obama's push for military action to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons clears its first hurdle in the US Congress.
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