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News: Syria

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

VIDEO: A year of violence in Syria

Thursday, March 15th 2012, 5:07

The BBC's Jon Donnison looks back on a year of violence in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began.
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Afghan mission 'in final phases'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 23:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

David Cameron and Barack Obama stress progress is being made in Afghanistan and pledge to complete the mission, at a joint White House press conference.
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Syria troops 'take northern city'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 20:37
related places: Idlib

Syrian government forces take control of the north-western city of Idlib, after days of clashes with rebel fighters, opposition activists say.
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Analysis: Options for military intervention in Syria

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 10:33

Is intervention in Syria possible and how would it be done?
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VIDEO: Syria 'using systematic torture'

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 6:39

Human rights group Amnesty International says the Syrian regime is using systematic torture against its opponents.
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VIDEO: Concern over Syria refugees

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 0:33
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Turkey Turkey

Human Rights Watch has accused Syria of laying landmines near its borders with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees fleeing the country.
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Syrians 'tortured' in detention

Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 0:01

Detainees in Syria's prisons are routinely and systematically tortured in what amounts to crimes against humanity, says Amnesty International.
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VIDEO: Syria: Rebels lay explosives in Idlib

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 22:11
related places: Idlib

Footage shows the Free Syrian Army on Sunday trying to hold off a government offensive by laying down explosives in the city of Idlib.
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Arabs seek neutral Syria inquiry

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 21:42

The Arab League calls for a neutral investigation into crimes conducted during the Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on an anti-government uprising.
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Syria 'laying border landmines'

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 11:25
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Turkey Turkey

Human Rights Watch says Syria has laid hundreds of landmines on its borders with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees.
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Women play central role in Syria uprising

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 9:23

Syrian women play central role in uprising against Assad
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'More than 8,000' killed in Syria

Tuesday, March 13th 2012, 5:07

More than 8,000 people have died since protests erupted in Syria, a UN official says, as a peace envoy is due to meet a Syrian opposition group.
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New York funeral for Marie Colvin

Monday, March 12th 2012, 22:16

The funeral of award-winning war reporter Marie Colvin, killed by shelling in the Syrian city of Homs, takes place in Long Island, New York.
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US urges 'united voice' on Syria

Monday, March 12th 2012, 17:55
related countries: United States United States

The US secretary of state and UN secretary general urge the international community to stand united on Syria, as violence against civilians continues.
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'Many dead' in fresh Homs attacks

Monday, March 12th 2012, 14:28

As many as 47 civilians, many of them women and children, have been found tortured and killed in the embattled Syrian city of Homs, activists say.
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VIDEO: Under fire with Free Syrian Army

Monday, March 12th 2012, 13:25

Panorama reports from inside the Syrian regime's assault on its own people.
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VIDEO: Hague: UN has failed on Syria

Monday, March 12th 2012, 12:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UN has so far failed in relation to the crisis in Syria, but must not stop making efforts to try and end the bloodshed, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
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VIDEO: Annan 'optimistic' on Syria talks

Monday, March 12th 2012, 6:41

UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan has said he is optimistic following two days of talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Annan 'optimistic' over Syria

Sunday, March 11th 2012, 22:13
related places: Damascus

Envoy Kofi Annan says he is optimistic after more talks with the Syrian leader, but admits there is no deal yet to end the bloodshed.
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Assad firm on Syria 'terrorism'

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 22:44
related places: Damascus

Syria's president tells a UN envoy no political dialogue can succeed while "armed terrorist groups" operate, as 63 new deaths are reported.
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VIDEO: Assad firm on Syria 'terrorism'

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 14:17
related places: Damascus

Syria's President Assad tells visiting UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan no political dialogue can succeed while "armed terrorist groups" operate.
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VIDEO: Kofi Annan holding Syria talks

Saturday, March 10th 2012, 9:21
related places: Damascus

The joint UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is meeting President Assad in Damascus on Saturday in a fresh diplomatic effort to end the violence.
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'Limited progress' over Syria aid

Friday, March 9th 2012, 20:53

UN aid chief Valerie Amos says "limited progress" has been made to get aid access to the worst-hit parts of Syria, but she wants to see much more.
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VIDEO: Syria: 'Limited progress' on aid

Friday, March 9th 2012, 19:33

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has said the Syrian government has agreed to join UN agencies in a "limited assessment" of the situation in the country, where government forces continued a crackdown on rebels.
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Annan Syria comments spark anger

Friday, March 9th 2012, 14:22

Syrian opposition activists angrily reject calls by Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, for dialogue with the government.
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AUDIO: Syrian soldiers accused of gang rape

Friday, March 9th 2012, 11:48

A Syrian activist has told the BBC of extreme brutality against men, women and children in Syria. She said the international community must now intervene.
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'Fresh massacre' in Syria's Homs

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 18:28

Syrian security forces kill dozens of people in a 'new massacre' in Homs, activists say, a day after the UN's aid chief visited the city.
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Syria minister joins opposition

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 15:09

Syria's deputy oil minister says he is resigning and joining the anti-government revolt, denouncing President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown as "brutal".
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VIDEO: Paul Conroy: Action needed now on Syria

Thursday, March 8th 2012, 3:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British photographer Paul Conroy who was smuggled out of Homs by Syrian rebels says it's critical to keep the pressure on the regime to stop the violence.
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Homs 'devastated' - UN aid chief

Wednesday, March 7th 2012, 20:54

The UN's aid chief says parts of the Syrian city of Homs have been "completely devastated", after a brief visit to the bombed district of Baba Amr.
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UN aid chief Amos visiting Syria

Wednesday, March 7th 2012, 14:29

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is in Syria to try to get aid into damaged cities, as the Red Cross remains blocked from the Baba Amr area of Homs.
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Obama rejects Syria intervention‎

Wednesday, March 7th 2012, 1:30
related countries: United States United States

President Barack Obama says the violence in Syria is heartbreaking but that unilateral US military intervention there would be a mistake.
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VIDEO: Syria heartbreaking, says Obama

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 22:00
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama said the situation in Syria was heartbreaking but that there was no simple solution.
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VIDEO: Assad regime 'blood on its hands'

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 19:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's Ambassador to Syria, Simon Collis, has told the BBC that the Assad regime has so much 'blood on its hands' that the Syrian people know it is doomed.
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Syria troops 'shell rebel towns'‎

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 19:05

Security forces have been shelling rebel-held towns in Syria, activists say, as President Bashar al-Assad vows to continue fighting "terrorism".
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Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon‎

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 13:51
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Thousands of Syrian refugees have recently crossed into Lebanon, the UN says, amid reports that security forces are committing atrocities in Homs.
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VIDEO: 'Clean-up' in Homs amid abuse claims‎

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 13:50

Syrian state TV has broadcast what it says is footage of trucks and diggers 'cleaning up' debris in the embattled district of Baba Amr.
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VIDEO: McCain calls for air strikes on Syria

Tuesday, March 6th 2012, 1:00
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

US Senator John McCain has called for America to lead an international force to protect key population centres in Syria through air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
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Syria refugees tell of executions

Monday, March 5th 2012, 21:37

People fleeing Homs tell a BBC correspondent outside the Syrian city that security forces are committing atrocities, including summary executions.
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VIDEO: Fleeing Homs with tales of slaughter

Monday, March 5th 2012, 12:01

People fleeing the Syrian city of Homs have accused the security forces of committing atrocities, including summary executions and cutting the throats of prisoners.
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Red Cross waiting to enter Homs

Monday, March 5th 2012, 10:28

The Red Cross is to try for a fourth consecutive day to get relief aid into the shattered Baba Amr district of the central Syrian city of Homs.
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Red Cross pushes for Homs access

Sunday, March 4th 2012, 12:06

The Red Cross says it still cannot access the Baba Amr district of Homs, so has begun to deliver aid to victims in surrounding areas of the Syrian city.
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New Homs delay for Red Cross aid

Saturday, March 3rd 2012, 23:11

The Red Cross is denied entry to the devastated Baba Amr region of the Syrian city of Homs for a second day, as new shelling is reported in other districts.
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Homs another Rwanda, says Conroy

Saturday, March 3rd 2012, 10:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The bombardment of Homs will be judged by history as a massacre comparable to Rwanda or Srebrenica, says a British photographer injured in the attacks.
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Syrian 'crimes' against civilians

Saturday, March 3rd 2012, 5:11

The Syrian authorities have committed crimes against civilians, says the UN secretary general, but militarisation of the opposition is no solution.
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Shortages in Syria as conflict bites

Saturday, March 3rd 2012, 1:30

Power cuts and candle shortages blight daily life in Syria
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Red Cross convoy stopped in Homs

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 21:29

The ICRC says Syria has refused to allow a humanitarian convoy to enter the bombarded Baba Amr district of Homs, a move it calls "unacceptable".
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VIDEO: UN on reports of summary executions

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 21:26

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is asking the Syrian government to immediately give humanitarian workers access to people who desperately need aid.
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VIDEO: Conroy: Homs 'the next Srebrenica'

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 19:47
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British photo journalist wounded in the Syrian city of Homs, Paul Conroy, has told Newsnight's Gavin Esler he fears the slaughter there may be comparable to past murderous events in Srebrenica or Rwanda.
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Red Cross convoy arrives in Homs

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 15:01

A Red Cross convoy arrives in the Syrian city of Homs and prepares to deliver supplies to the Baba Amr district after a month-long bombardment.
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VIDEO: Video shows damage in Baba Amr

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 10:52

A Red Cross convoy is on its way to the Baba Amr area of the Syrian city of Homs to deliver food and medical supplies after a month-long siege.
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VIDEO: Relief workers to enter Baba Amr

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 5:47

Relief workers in Syria are hoping to gain access on Friday to the area worst affected by the constant onslaught from government forces.
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UN demands Syria aid chief access

Thursday, March 1st 2012, 22:31

The UN Security Council demands access to Syria for its humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, as rebels withdraw from their stronghold in Homs.
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UK diplomats withdrawn from Syria

Thursday, March 1st 2012, 20:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Foreign Secretary William Hague withdraws all diplomatic staff from the British Embassy in Syria and suspends all of its services.
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Syria rebels leave Homs bastion

Thursday, March 1st 2012, 16:33

Syrian rebel fighters say they are tactically withdrawing from the besieged Baba Amr quarter of Homs, as humanitarian officials say they will enter the area on Friday.
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