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First chemical weapons leave Syria

Tuesday, January 7th 2014, 18:40
related countries: Denmark Denmark
related places: Latakia

The first consignment of chemical weapons materials leaves Syria on a Danish ship, as part of a UN-backed deal to destroy Syria's chemical arms.
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Syria rebel groups 'execute rivals'

Tuesday, January 7th 2014, 17:01

Rebels from rival groups in north-west Syria are reported to have carried out mass killings amid an ongoing inter-rebel war, activists say.
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Syrian rebel-on-rebel clashes spread

Monday, January 6th 2014, 15:17

As fighting between rebel groups spreads in northern Syria, the powerful al-Qaeda linked Isis comes under attack in Raqqa, activists say.
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Al-Qaeda under attack in north Syria

Saturday, January 4th 2014, 20:34

An al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria issues an ultimatum to rival rebel groups fighting it, threatening to leave the city of Aleppo to government forces.
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VIDEO: China joins Syria chemical mission

Saturday, January 4th 2014, 19:41
related countries: China China, Cyprus Cyprus
related places: Damascus

A Chinese frigate which is taking part in the mission to remove Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under an agreement that followed a chemical attack near Damascus last year, has docked in Cyprus.
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New bid to collect Syrian toxic arms

Friday, January 3rd 2014, 15:22
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus, Denmark Denmark, Norway Norway

Norwegian and Danish ships are set to sail again from Cyprus in a new bid to collect Syria's chemical arms, after an earlier deadline was missed.
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VIDEO: Ships in new bid to get Syria weapons

Friday, January 3rd 2014, 6:34
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus, Denmark Denmark, Norway Norway

Danish and Norwegian ships tasked with removing Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons are due to depart from Cyprus on Friday.
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VIDEO: Syrian band sings on Damascus streets

Friday, January 3rd 2014, 0:22
related places: Damascus

A group of Syrian musicians is becoming hugely popular by giving impromptu performances in the busiest streets of Damascus, singing traditional Arabic songs.
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VIDEO: The Palestinians fighting in Syria

Thursday, January 2nd 2014, 6:46
related countries: Gaza Strip Gaza Strip

Up to 30 young men from the Gaza strip have travelled to Syria to fight in the conflict there, as the BBC's Yolande Knell reports.
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'Syrian Electronic Army' hacks Skype

Thursday, January 2nd 2014, 3:17

The social media platforms of Skype are hacked by a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).
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Syria chemical deadline 'missed'

Tuesday, December 31st 2013, 14:19

A UN deadline for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile looks certain to be missed after the European ships due to collect them turn back.
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VIDEO: Norway's 'chemical weapons' ship

Tuesday, December 31st 2013, 7:51
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus, Norway Norway

A Norwegian ship taking part in the mission to remove and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles has changed course and is returning to Cyprus.
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Lebanese troops fire at Syrian jets

Monday, December 30th 2013, 13:47
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Lebanese troops fire at Syrian aircraft crossing into Lebanese airspace, the first time they have taken such action since the conflict in Syria began.
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Let Syrian refugees into UK - Farage

Sunday, December 29th 2013, 16:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK should take in refugees from Syria, UKIP leader Nigel Farage says, as he argues refugees are "very different" from economic migrants.
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Barrel bombs 'kill 517 in Aleppo'

Sunday, December 29th 2013, 12:05
related places: Aleppo

Barrel bombs dropped on the Syrian province of Aleppo have killed 517 since 15 December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
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Syria urged to help ship toxic arms

Sunday, December 29th 2013, 1:29

The global chemical weapons watchdog calls on Syria to "intensify its efforts" to help ship out its most dangerous chemical weapons for destruction.
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Strike on Syria market 'kills 21'

Saturday, December 28th 2013, 15:14
related places: Aleppo

A Syrian government airstrike on a crowded market in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 20 people, activists say.
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VIDEO: Preparing to transport chemical weapons

Saturday, December 28th 2013, 9:11
related countries: Norway Norway

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports from the Norwegian war ship which is preparing to travel to Syria to remove chemical weapons, and explains the precautions that have been taken for the mission.
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Party leaders unite for Syria appeal

Saturday, December 28th 2013, 8:11

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg issue a rare joint statement backing a £4bn United Nations appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees.
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Ambush kills dozens of Syria rebels

Friday, December 27th 2013, 15:59
related places: Damascus

Dozens of Islamist rebels have been killed by a Syrian army ambush in a strategic area near the capital Damascus, activists and state media say.
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Syria surgeon's inquest opens in UK

Friday, December 27th 2013, 12:29
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

An inquest into the death of British doctor Abbas Khan, who died in a Syrian prison, is opened and adjourned in London.
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VIDEO: On board chemical weapons removal ship

Friday, December 27th 2013, 5:54
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow, Friday

Representatives from Russia, the United States, Syria and the UN are meeting in Moscow on Friday to work out how to safely remove Syria's chemical stockpile.
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Growing concern over Syria heritage sites

Friday, December 27th 2013, 1:00

Efforts to highlight the cultural amid the conflict
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Funeral for Syria-death doctor

Thursday, December 26th 2013, 14:31
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

The brother of a British doctor who died while being held in custody in Syria pays tribute to him at his funeral, describing him as "our star".
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Pope urges aid access to Syria

Wednesday, December 25th 2013, 15:12

Pope Francis tells thousands of pilgrims in the Vatican to pray for aid access and peace in Syria, in his first Christmas address as pontiff.
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Deadly Aleppo air strikes continue

Tuesday, December 24th 2013, 15:21
related places: Aleppo

At least 15 people have died in air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say, as the government's assault on rebel-held areas continues.
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VIDEO: Why Egyptians are investing in Wales

Tuesday, December 24th 2013, 10:18
related countries: Egypt Egypt, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The impact of conflict in Syria and a military coup in Egypt has helped encourage many from the region to invest abroad and to emigrate, including to the UK.
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The Syrian rebel groups pulling in foreign fighters

Tuesday, December 24th 2013, 8:17

Which rebel groups do jihadists from outside Syria flock to join?
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees try to travel to UK

Monday, December 23rd 2013, 23:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

More than two million refugees have fled their homes in Syria since the civil war began but the European Union has only offered to take in 10,000.
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Russian lorries to remove Syria arms

Monday, December 23rd 2013, 12:59
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia sends 75 vehicles to Syria to assist the international operation to destroy or remove its chemical weapons.
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Assad aircraft pound Aleppo district

Sunday, December 22nd 2013, 18:30
related places: Aleppo

Syrian government helicopters bomb a district of Aleppo, killing at least 25 people, as fighting for the country's second city rages.
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Syria should answer for death - PM

Sunday, December 22nd 2013, 18:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

In a letter to the mother of a British surgeon who died in a Syrian prison, David Cameron says her son's death is a "sickening and appalling tragedy".
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UK doctor's body to be flown home

Sunday, December 22nd 2013, 2:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The body of British surgeon Abbas Khan, who died in a Syrian prison last week, is being flown back to the UK.
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UK doctor's family visit morgue

Saturday, December 21st 2013, 20:02
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Beirut

The mother of a British doctor who died in a Syrian prison visits a morgue in Beirut where her son's body was taken.
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Syria rebels explode huge bomb

Saturday, December 21st 2013, 18:53
related places: Aleppo

Rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo set off a massive suicide lorry bomb to seize back a strategic ruined hospital occupied by Assad loyalists.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees struggle at Christmas

Saturday, December 21st 2013, 11:51
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon
related places: Beirut

The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Beirut in Lebanon as thousands of Christian Syrian refugees celebrate Christmas with an uncertain future.
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US blocks Iran presence at Geneva II

Friday, December 20th 2013, 18:56
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

Diplomats preparing for Syrian peace talks next month have failed to agree on whether Iran should attend, the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria says.
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Barrel bombs a sign of brutal Syria war

Friday, December 20th 2013, 13:06

Barrel bombs show no end to Syria's brutal war
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Al-Nusra leader rejects Syria talks

Thursday, December 19th 2013, 18:16

The leader of the al-Nusra Front says the al-Qaeda affiliate will not accept the outcome of next month's proposed Geneva II peace conference on Syria.
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Syria abductions 'a terror strategy'

Thursday, December 19th 2013, 12:32

The Syrian government is systematically abducting civilians as part of a widespread campaign of terror, UN investigators say.
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Abuse 'rife in Syria al-Qaeda jails'

Thursday, December 19th 2013, 9:44

Torture and summary executions are rife in secret prisons in Syria run by fighters from ISIS, an al-Qaeda affiliate, Amnesty International says.
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Doctor's family 'can examine death'

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 20:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Damascus

The family of UK doctor Abbas Khan can send team to Damascus to investigate his death, the Syrian government tells the BBC.
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Russian lorries to move Syria arms

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 11:46
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

The world chemical weapons watchdog says Syria's arsenal will be removed overland by Russian lorries before being destroyed on a US Navy ship.
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'Doctors killed' in Somalia ambush

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 9:58
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: Mogadishu

Three Syrian doctors and their Somali colleague are shot dead in an ambush near Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, eyewitnesses tell the BBC.
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FCO criticised over UK doctor death

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 2:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The family of British doctor Abbas Khan, who died in prison in Syria, accuse the Foreign Office of not doing enough to help secure his release.
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Audio slideshow: Under siege in Syria

Wednesday, December 18th 2013, 1:23

The young photographers documenting life in the country
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UK doctor 'murdered' in Syrian jail

Tuesday, December 17th 2013, 21:59
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British doctor Abbas Khan has been "in effect murdered" by the Syrian authorities just days before his expected release from jail, Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson says.
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British doctor dies in Syrian jail

Tuesday, December 17th 2013, 17:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British surgeon Dr Abbas Khan imprisoned in Syria for over a year, has died in detention, his family tells the BBC.
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VIDEO: Bleak conditions for Syrian refugees

Monday, December 16th 2013, 23:05
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Syrians seeking refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley are facing bleak living conditions, as the region is hit by one of the worst winter storms in decades.
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VIDEO: Syria facing 'absolute catastrophe'

Monday, December 16th 2013, 19:41

As the UN announces its biggest-ever appeal for aid money, David Miliband, the President of the International Rescue Committee, has told the BBC that he believes that Syria is facing "absolute catastrophe".
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VIDEO: Syria agrees to UN aid access

Monday, December 16th 2013, 19:21

The Syrian government has agreed to allow UN aid into areas trapped by fighting between rebels and the regime's forces, a spokesman has told the BBC.
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UN launches record Syria aid appeal

Monday, December 16th 2013, 17:12

The United Nations launches its biggest ever appeal, as it warns that nearly three-quarters of Syrians will need humanitarian aid in 2014.
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Aleppo barrel bomb death toll rises

Monday, December 16th 2013, 13:12
related places: Aleppo

The number of people killed by barrel bombs dropped by helicopters in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday has risen to more than 70, activists say.
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VIDEO: A guide to the conflict in Syria

Monday, December 16th 2013, 8:22

Ahmed Maher looks at the facts, figures and reasons for the conflict in Syria.
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VIDEO: Can anyone win Syria's war?

Monday, December 16th 2013, 7:26

Katya Adler asks whether Syria is heading towards a military stalemate, where neither government forces nor rebels can win.
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'Barrel bombs' fall on Syrian city

Sunday, December 15th 2013, 15:40
related places: Aleppo

Twenty-two people have been killed after Syrian government aircraft dropped barrels packed with explosives in Aleppo, opposition activists say.
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Gaza fighters head to Syria as refugees flow in

Sunday, December 15th 2013, 0:25

Gaza jihadists head to Syria, as refugees flow other way
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French 'pessimism' over Syria talks

Saturday, December 14th 2013, 23:00
related countries: France France

France's foreign minister says he has little hope for planned Syrian peace talks, as the moderate opposition is in "serious difficulty".
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Syrian refugees forgotten in Lebanon

Saturday, December 14th 2013, 1:52
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Syrians struggle to survive in Lebanon camps
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VIDEO: Refugee camp 'no place for a child'

Friday, December 13th 2013, 19:12

European leaders "should be ashamed" by the "paltry" numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
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'Rebel attack' kills Syria civilians

Friday, December 13th 2013, 16:55
related places: `Adra

An attack by Islamist rebels has left at least 10 people dead over the past two days in the Syrian town of Adra, activists and eyewitnesses say.
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EU failing Syria refugees - Amnesty

Friday, December 13th 2013, 2:23

European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
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Syria chemical arms 'probably used'

Friday, December 13th 2013, 1:01

Chemical weapons were "probably used" at five out of seven sites in Syria investigated by UN experts, their report says.
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VIDEO: Snow sweeps across war-torn Syria

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 16:48

Wintery storms have swept across Syria forcing roads and schools to close and blanketing refugee camps with snow.
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Winter storm hits Syrian refugees

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 11:31

Winter storm worsens plight of Syrian refugees
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Media urge end to Syria kidnappings

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 10:37

International news organisations urge Syrian rebel groups to stop kidnapping journalists, and to free those who are being held.
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VIDEO: Horror of Syria conflict revealed

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 7:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British film-maker Olly Lambert wins won a prestigious Rory Peck Award award based on filming of the Syria conflict.
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VIDEO: US and UK suspend Syria rebel aid

Thursday, December 12th 2013, 4:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The US and UK have suspended all "non-lethal" support for rebels in northern Syria, but not humanitarian aid.
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