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We have started to collect the most important news related to Syria in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Syria: news

Homs shelling stalls aid mission

Thursday, June 21st 2012, 11:11

Continued shelling in the Syrian city of Homs is stopping Red Cross teams from evacuating scores of civilians.
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VIDEO: Syria 'truce' for Red Cross evacuations

Thursday, June 21st 2012, 3:21

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the Syrian government and rebel fighters have agreed a temporary truce to allow civilians to be evacuated from the city of Homs.
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Syria 'truce' to evacuate Homs

Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 17:21
related places: Latakia

The Red Cross says the Syrian government and rebel fighters have agreed a temporary truce to allow civilians to be evacuated from the city of Homs.
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UN team in Syria 'was targeted'

Wednesday, June 20th 2012, 0:58

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria tells the Security Council his staff was repeatedly targeted by gunfire before halting operations.
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Syrian arms ship 'Russia bound'

Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 15:32
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK foreign secretary says a Syria-bound ship allegedly carrying Russian-made attack helicopters is returning to Russia.
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Obama and Putin seek Syria peace

Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 10:50
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

The US and Russian leaders call for an immediate end to violence in Syria, at their first meeting since Vladimir Putin became president again.
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Fears grow for fate of Syria's chemical weapons

Tuesday, June 19th 2012, 1:21

How safe are Syria's deadliest weapons?
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Russian ships 'ready for Syria'

Monday, June 18th 2012, 15:00
related countries: Russia Russia

Two Russian navy ships and their crew of marines are ready to set sail to Syria if needed, according to an unconfirmed Russian media report.
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UN plea for Syria's civilians

Sunday, June 17th 2012, 23:27

The head of UN observers in Syria demands that warring parties allow the evacuation of women, children and injured people from conflict zones.
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'Shelling intensifies' in Homs

Sunday, June 17th 2012, 14:48

Syrian government forces intensify their bombardment of the central city of Homs, activists say, warning that hundreds of civilians are trapped.
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West seeks 'next steps' on Syria

Sunday, June 17th 2012, 3:38

Western countries seek new solutions to the Syrian crisis following the decision by UN observers to suspend their activities.
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UN observers suspend Syria work

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 18:52

UN observers in Syria suspend their activities because of the escalating violence, the head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Syria says.
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UN mission in Syria at crossroads

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 18:24

Can serious diplomacy revive the failing plan for Syria?
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VIDEO: Syria 'lacks willingness' for peace

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 7:25

The head of the UN team of observers in Syria says that escalating violence is limiting the mission's ability to operate.
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UN says Syria peace hopes fading

Friday, June 15th 2012, 17:45

The head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria warns that both sides are pushing towards military advances rather than a peaceful transition.
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Why Russia is standing by Syria's Assad

Friday, June 15th 2012, 15:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Why is Russia sticking by Syria's Assad?
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UN monitors reach Haffa in Syria

Friday, June 15th 2012, 4:31

UN monitors in Syria enter the western town of Haffa - where it was feared a massacre might take place - days after violent clashes kept them out.
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VIDEO: UN monitors reach Haffa in Syria

Friday, June 15th 2012, 4:11

UN monitors enter Haffa, in western Syria, days after violent clashes forced them away from the town.
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Russia urged to pressure Syria

Thursday, June 14th 2012, 6:20
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia faces increased pressure to harden its approach to Syria, with a number of countries warning of a descent into civil war.
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VIDEO: Amnesty accuses Syria of war crimes

Thursday, June 14th 2012, 5:44

The human rights group, Amnesty International, has accused the Syrian government of war crimes and adopting a scorched earth policy.
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VIDEO: French action call amid Syria violence

Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 21:40
related countries: France France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he will call on the UN Security Council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.
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Paris seeks tough action on Syria

Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 20:10
related countries: France France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he will call on the UN Security Council to make mediator Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan mandatory.
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Syria army 'takes mountain town'

Wednesday, June 13th 2012, 13:51

The Syrian government says it has taken control of the western mountain town of Haffa, following days of fierce fighting with rebels who held it.
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Syria in civil war - UN official

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 21:31
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Syria is in civil war, warns the UN's head of peacekeeping, as the US accuses Russia of supplying the Syrian government with attack helicopters.
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VIDEO: Syria accused over child human shields

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 21:29

As thousands flee violence in Syria, a UN report has accused the Syrian government of torturing children and using them as human shields.
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VIDEO: Civilians trapped amid Syria violence

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 21:04

The head of peacekeeping at the United Nations, Herve Ladsous, says the conflict can now be considered a civil war. It is the first time a UN official has formally voiced that view.
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UN monitors 'fired on' in Syria

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 18:38

UN monitors in Syria say they have been fired on and driven back by a stone-throwing crowd as they try to reach the besieged town of Haffa.
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Syrian children 'used as shields'

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 9:06

Syrian troops are torturing children and using them as human shields on tanks to prevent attacks by opposition forces, a UN report says.
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US warns of new Syria 'massacre'

Tuesday, June 12th 2012, 0:30
related countries: United States United States

The US warns that Syria "may be organising another massacre" in the town of Haffa, where civilians are believed to be trapped.
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Syrian forces renew Homs attack

Monday, June 11th 2012, 18:27

Syrian government forces renew their attack on the city of Homs as international mediator Kofi Annan says civilians are trapped there.
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VIDEO: Mortar rounds 'every minute' in Homs

Monday, June 11th 2012, 16:29

Syrian government forces have renewed their attack on the city of Homs as international mediator Kofi Annan says civilians are trapped there.
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Syrian opposition's compromise candidate

Monday, June 11th 2012, 14:20

Can new head of Syrian opposition group bind disparate factions?
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Syrian officials urged to defect

Monday, June 11th 2012, 10:53
related places: Damascus

The newly appointed head of the opposition Syrian National Council calls on officials in Damascus to defect, as violence across the country continues.
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VIDEO: Syria rebels claim military defections

Sunday, June 10th 2012, 18:42

A number of casualties have once again been reported in Syria, with clashes between rebel fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in many parts of the country.
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Syria opposition picks new leader

Sunday, June 10th 2012, 15:03
related countries: Russia Russia

Kurdish activist Abdelbaset Sayda, elected leader of the opposition Syrian National Council, promises reforms to the often divided organisation.
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VIDEO: Syria conflict: 'Deadly shelling' hits Deraa

Saturday, June 9th 2012, 16:39

The Syrian army has killed at least 17 people, including women, during fighting in the southern restive town of Deraa, activists say.
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'Deadly shelling' in south Syria

Saturday, June 9th 2012, 13:24

Shelling by Syrian troops kills 17, including women, in the southern town of Deraa, activists say, as the UN investigates an alleged massacre near Hama.
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Qubair: Sign of growing sectarian strife

Saturday, June 9th 2012, 12:03

Qubair shows sectarian violence may be spiralling in Syria
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VIDEO: At the scene of Qubair massacre

Friday, June 8th 2012, 22:03

UN monitors have been in the Syrian village of Qubair to investigate the scene of a massacre which took place on Wednesday.
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Massacre traces in Syrian village

Friday, June 8th 2012, 21:39

A BBC correspondent finds evidence of human remains at the village of Qubair in Syria, scene of a massacre reported on Wednesday.
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UN chief ups pressure on Damascus

Friday, June 8th 2012, 8:39
related places: Damascus

Ban Ki-moon expresses deep frustration with the violence in Syria, as UN monitors attempt to verify reports of a massacre at Qubair village.
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UN monitors 'shot at' in Syria

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 21:38

The head of the UN says monitors trying to reach the Syrian village of Qubair, where 78 people are said to have been killed, were fired upon.
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'New Syria massacre kills scores'

Thursday, June 7th 2012, 10:59

Activists accuse Syrian government forces of massacring 78 in a village near Hama, condemned by the US as "unconscionable".
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Assad names loyalist as Syrian PM

Wednesday, June 6th 2012, 15:59

Agriculture Minister Riad Hijab is named as new prime minister of Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
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VIDEO: China and Russia show unity over Syria

Tuesday, June 5th 2012, 21:41
related countries: Russia Russia

Syria has declared as unwelcome the ambassadors of several Western states, a week after governments around the world expelled its top diplomats.
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Syria bars Western ambassadors

Tuesday, June 5th 2012, 16:30

Syria declares as unwelcome the ambassadors of several Western states, a week after governments around the world expelled its top diplomats.
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A slow-motion tragedy in Syria

Tuesday, June 5th 2012, 1:14
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian co-operation is vital for effective action on Syria
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Syrian rebels abandon ceasefire

Monday, June 4th 2012, 19:18

Syrian rebels say they are no longer committed to the nominal truce in Syria, in a blow to the peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan.
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Syria rebels 'kill 80 soldiers'

Monday, June 4th 2012, 12:46

At least 80 Syrian soldiers were killed by rebels in clashes and attacks on security forces checkpoints over the weekend, an activist group says.
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EU chiefs to press Putin on Syria

Monday, June 4th 2012, 2:46
related countries: Russia Russia

EU officials are expected to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to take a stronger line on Syria during a summit in St Petersburg.
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VIDEO: Assad denies Houla massacre role

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 15:04

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denies his government's forces had any role in the Houla massacre, in which more than 100 people were killed.
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Assad denies Houla massacre role

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 10:32

Syria's President Assad denies any government role in the Houla massacre and calls it an "ugly crime", in his first public comments since the killings.
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Lebanon sends troops to port city

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 7:35
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

The Lebanese authorities deploy extra troops to the port city of Tripoli to keep the peace after Syria-linked sectarian clashes erupt there.
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VIDEO: Deadly Lebanon clashes over Syria

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 4:59
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

At least nine people have been killed and more than 20 hurt in the Lebanese port of Tripoli, in clashes linked to unrest across the border in Syria.
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Deadly Lebanon clashes over Syria

Sunday, June 3rd 2012, 3:54
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

At least nine people are killed and many injured in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, as clashes erupt linked to unrest across the border in Syria.
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