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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

Full Syria talks begin in Geneva

Friday, January 24th 2014, 11:36

Syria's warring parties begin formal peace talks in Geneva, but they have decided to speak through a mediator rather than face-to-face.
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VIDEO: Peek inside UN ahead of Syria talks

Friday, January 24th 2014, 5:13

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes takes a look around the UN building where the first full day of peace talks between the Syrian government and rebels is due to take place.
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Montreux's moment

Thursday, January 23rd 2014, 19:15

Lyse Doucet assesses the first stages of the Syrian peace talks
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UN seeks to bridge Syria divide

Thursday, January 23rd 2014, 14:46

The UN mediator for Syrian peace talks, Lakhdar Brahimi, will hold separate talks with rival delegations to assess their willingness to meet together.
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PM 'open minded' on Syrian refugees

Thursday, January 23rd 2014, 12:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Downing Street says David Cameron is "open minded" about the UK resettling Syrian refugees, amid signs he could be defeated in a Commons vote.
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Gulf over Assad blights Syria talks

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 21:48
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

The first day of a major Syrian peace conference in Switzerland ends amid bitter divisions over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Bitter exchanges at Syria talks

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 18:24
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Syria's government and main political opposition trade bitter accusations on the first day of a major peace conference in Switzerland.
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Labour to force Syria refugees vote

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 15:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Labour promises to force a Commons vote on the UK joining a UN scheme to accept Syrian refugees, but the government says the UK is fulfilling its "moral obligation".
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US and UN 'horror' at Syria report

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, 1:00
related countries: United States United States

The US and UN express horror at allegations in a new report that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees with 'nowhere to go'

Tuesday, January 21st 2014, 23:06
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached one million .The BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports from Lebanon's northern border with Syria.
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Syria accused of systematic torture

Tuesday, January 21st 2014, 18:02

Images from Syria are evidence the government has tortured and executed 11,000 detainees, a report by ex-war-crimes prosecutors says.
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VIDEO: Photos reveal Syrian torture horror

Tuesday, January 21st 2014, 11:27

A report be ex-war crimes prosecutors say there is evidence that Syria has tortured and executed 11,000 detainees since the uprising began.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees facing eviction

Tuesday, January 21st 2014, 6:15

As the number of Syrians displaced by the conflict grows, a lack of aid means those taking in refugees are finding it difficult to support the refugees.
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Iran invite to Syria talks withdrawn

Tuesday, January 21st 2014, 0:23
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Tehran

The UN withdraws its invitation to Iran to join Syria peace talks, after Tehran refuses to back the process to form a Syrian transitional government.
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VIDEO: UN pulls Iran invite to Syria talks

Monday, January 20th 2014, 23:45
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Tehran

The UN withdraws its invitation to Iran to join Syria's peace talks after criticising Tehran for failing to back the plan to form a Syrian transitional government.
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Iran cannot go to Syria talks - US

Monday, January 20th 2014, 20:45
related countries: Iran Iran, Switzerland Switzerland

The US urges the UN to drop its invitation to Iran to join peace talks on Syria, in a row that threatens to wreck the meeting.
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VIDEO: UN invites Iran to Syria talks

Monday, January 20th 2014, 13:32
related countries: Iran Iran, Switzerland Switzerland

Iran has accepted an invitation to take part in preliminary Syrian peace talks this week in Switzerland, the UN Secretary-General has confirmed.
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UN invites Iran to Syria peace talks

Monday, January 20th 2014, 10:52
related countries: Iran Iran, Switzerland Switzerland

UN chief Ban Ki-moon invites Iran to attend preliminary Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, prompting warnings from Syria's opposition and the US.
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VIDEO: Why Swedish town is magnet for Syrians

Monday, January 20th 2014, 6:41
related countries: Sweden Sweden
related places: Stockholm

Some Swedish towns are struggling to find the resources to cope with a steady influx of Syrian refugees after the government in Stockholm guaranteed asylum to fugitives from the civil war.
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Call to end Syria rebel infighting

Sunday, January 19th 2014, 22:43

A call for reconciliation with rival Syrian rebels is reportedly made by an al-Qaeda linked group after fierce clashes left many dead.
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Assad: Quitting not up for debate

Sunday, January 19th 2014, 18:32

Syria's President Assad is quoted as saying he has no intention of quitting, and the issue is not up for discussion at peace talks in Switzerland.
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US hails Syria opposition talks move

Sunday, January 19th 2014, 4:41
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomes a decision by Syria's main political opposition group to attend next week's peace talks in Switzerland.
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Syria opposition to attend Geneva II

Saturday, January 18th 2014, 21:30

Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, agrees to attend the Geneva II peace talks in Switzerland next week.
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'Aid enters' besieged Damascus camp

Saturday, January 18th 2014, 18:11
related places: Damascus

Aid reaches the besieged Palestinian camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time in months, Palestinian officials say.
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In Syria, few conciliatory signs as peace talks loom

Saturday, January 18th 2014, 0:29
related places: Damascus

Absence of overtures in Damascus, as peace talks near
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Syria proposes prisoner exchange

Friday, January 17th 2014, 11:49

The Syrian government says it is ready to offer a prisoner exchange with rebels, as the opposition meets to discuss attendance at peace talks.
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US in talks plea to Syria opposition

Friday, January 17th 2014, 6:38
related countries: United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Syria's main political opposition group to decide on Friday to attend next week's Geneva peace talks.
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Syria chemical arms transport 'slow'

Thursday, January 16th 2014, 19:29

The UN body tasked with removing and destroying Syria's chemical arsenal says security concerns have slowed down the process.
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'Half of Syrians' in urgent need

Wednesday, January 15th 2014, 19:02

Western and Arab Gulf states pledge $2.4bn (£1.5bn) to Syria, as the UN warns half the population is in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
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Syria says West in talks on security

Wednesday, January 15th 2014, 15:18
related places: Damascus

Western intelligence agencies have visited Syria for talks on combating radical Islamist groups, its deputy foreign minister tells BBC Newsnight.
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Groups pledge $400m in Syria aid

Tuesday, January 14th 2014, 14:40
related countries: Kuwait Kuwait

Charitable groups meeting in Kuwait pledge $400m (£243m) to help alleviate the plight of Syrians affected by the country's bitter civil war.
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US-UK 'may rethink Syria support'

Monday, January 13th 2014, 22:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Britain and the US have warned they will rethink support for Syria's opposition if it fails to join peace talks, a Syrian source says.
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UK ship to join Syria weapons convoy

Monday, January 13th 2014, 17:23
related countries: Denmark Denmark, Norway Norway, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British warship HMS Montrose is to join a convoy transporting chemical weapons from Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
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Possible Syria ceasefires discussed

Monday, January 13th 2014, 12:13
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Geneva

The US and Russia say they have discussed the possibility of "localised ceasefires" in Syria ahead of peace talks in Geneva next week.
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VIDEO: Soloist's lament for war-torn Syria

Monday, January 13th 2014, 9:10

Soloist’s lament for war-torn Syria
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VIDEO: 'Unimaginable' conditions in Syria

Sunday, January 12th 2014, 16:42

The UN humanitarian affairs chief expresses deep concern for communities cut off in Syria by months of fighting between government and rebel forces.
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UN concern over besieged Syrians

Sunday, January 12th 2014, 15:09

UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos expresses deep concern for communities cut off by fighting in Syria, with many facing starvation.
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VIDEO: Syria weapons sites 'under attack'

Saturday, January 11th 2014, 9:05

The Syrian government says a number of its chemical weapons sites have come under attack.
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VIDEO: Syria's refugee child workers

Friday, January 10th 2014, 22:21

The war in Syria has forced thousands to flee and disrupted the education of children who could be the key to rebuilding the country in the future.
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Syria rebel clashes 'kill hundreds'

Friday, January 10th 2014, 16:57
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Almost 500 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian rebels and the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant, activists say.
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What does rebel infighting mean for Syria conflict?

Friday, January 10th 2014, 10:54

Jim Muir on rebel offensive on al-Qaeda fighters in Syria
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Syria rebels 'die in Homs clashes'

Friday, January 10th 2014, 2:47

Syrian government forces reportedly kill dozens of rebels who were trying to break a siege of parts of the central city of Homs.
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Germany to destroy Syrian weapons

Thursday, January 9th 2014, 18:28
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany announces it will join the international effort to help destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.
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VIDEO: The black flag of Syria's new force

Thursday, January 9th 2014, 10:15
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Recent days have seen fierce fighting between the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and other rebel groups in Syria. James Reynolds reports.
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Russia blocks UN statement on Aleppo

Thursday, January 9th 2014, 4:31
related places: Aleppo

Russia blocks a UN Security Council statement condemning the Syrian government's use of air strikes against civilians in the city of Aleppo.
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Rebel jihadist Aleppo HQ seized

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 23:11
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Aleppo

Islamist rebels capture the headquarters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
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New front in Syria's multiplying war

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 22:58

Violence between rebel factions adds to civil war
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Diary: On board mission to remove Syria's chemical weapons

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 18:06

Reporter told to leave Syria chemical weapons ship
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Syria rebels urge attacks on rivals

Wednesday, January 8th 2014, 2:45

A jihadist group in Syria urges its supporters to attack rival rebel factions, rejecting calls for a ceasefire between warring opposition groups.
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VIDEO: Life on board 'chemical weapons' warship

Tuesday, January 7th 2014, 18:40
related countries: Norway Norway

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports from the Norwegian warship Helge Ingstad, before an unexpected media blackout on the mission to remove Syria's chemical weapons was imposed.
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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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