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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

VIDEO: Snowy limbo for Syrian refugees

Friday, January 31st 2014, 17:06
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria

The BBC's Chris Morris reports from a former school in Bulgaria which has become home to Syrian refugees.
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Syria talks due to end in Geneva

Friday, January 31st 2014, 9:46
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Geneva

The current round of peace talks on Syria is due to end in Switzerland later on Friday with little or no progress expected on core issues.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees flock to Bulgaria

Friday, January 31st 2014, 6:19
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria, Turkey Turkey

More than 6,000 refugees from the war in Syria have arrived in Bulgaria over the past year, after crossing the border from Turkey.
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US 'concern' at Syria weapons delay

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 22:27
related countries: United States United States

The US says only 4% of Syria's declared chemical weapons has been surrendered and expresses concern at the lack of progress.
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Homes 'deliberately razed' in Syria

Thursday, January 30th 2014, 14:17

The Syrian authorities have "deliberately and unlawfully" demolished thousands of residential buildings, says Human Rights Watch.
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'Nothing substantive' from Syria talks

Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 23:22

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says he doesn't expect to achieve "anything substantive" in the first round of Syria talks set to end on Friday.
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Syria talks take 'positive step'

Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 16:39

Syria's opposition has hailed as a "positive step" the government's willingness to discuss the Geneva Communique plan to end the conflict.
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VIDEO: Syrian refugees queue in Beirut

Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 16:04
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon
related places: Beirut

The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Beirut in Lebanon where the number of Syrian refugees has now passed one million.
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UK 'to act with urgency' on Syrians

Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 15:46
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK will act with "the greatest urgency" in offering the "most needy people" in Syrian refugee camps a "home in our country", says David Cameron.
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VIDEO: How Germany houses Syrian refugees

Wednesday, January 29th 2014, 10:12
related countries: Germany Germany

Thousands of Syrians fleeing the civil war in their homeland have sought refuge in Germany, which has offered homes to more refugees than any other European country.
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Syria pressed on transition at talks

Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 17:43

The Syria peace talks in Geneva adjourn early, as the opposition demands that the government address the question of a political transition.
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VIDEO: Will aid convoys be let into Homs?

Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 6:39

The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are in deadlock over the divisive issue of transferring power to a transitional government.
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'Impasse' on Syria power transfer

Monday, January 27th 2014, 17:41

Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked over the issue of transferring power, the UN mediator says, but there is the "will" to continue.
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Homs deal at Syria peace talks

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 22:38

Syria will allow women and children to leave the besieged area of Homs "from now", UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says at the Geneva peace talks.
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Syria talks focus on prisoners issue

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 12:41

Syrian government and opposition delegations are discussing prisoner releases on their second day of face-to-face peace talks in Geneva.
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How to sweeten the Syrian peace pill

Saturday, January 25th 2014, 22:50

Bridget Kendall's guide to sweetening Syrian peace pill
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Humanitarian issues top Syria agenda

Saturday, January 25th 2014, 18:50

Humanitarian issues are top of the agenda in the first tentative meetings between the Syrian regime and opposition forces in Geneva.
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Britons back from Syria face arrest

Saturday, January 25th 2014, 14:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britons returning to the UK from Syria will be stopped at the border and could be arrested, a senior police chief says.
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Syria foes meet briefly face to face

Saturday, January 25th 2014, 10:33

Syria's opposition and government briefly meet face to face in Geneva for talks aimed at "saving Syria", but do not talk directly to each other.
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Syria regime 'may quit Geneva talks'

Friday, January 24th 2014, 17:03

Syria's foreign minister threatens to quit peace talks in Geneva, state media say, as both sides refuse to meet face-to-face.
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VIDEO: McCain and Pushkov clash over Syria

Friday, January 24th 2014, 16:19
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US Senator John McCain has criticised Russia for supplying arms to the Assad regime in Syria but Russia's Alexei Pushkov said there had been foreign interference in Syria from the start.
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VIDEO: Syria regime threat to quit peace talks

Friday, January 24th 2014, 13:58

Syrian government officials threaten to quit peace talks if serious discussions do not begin in Geneva by Saturday.
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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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