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Syria's Assad says US 'lacks will' to work with Russia to defeat terrorists

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad has hit out at the US, saying it has no will to work with Russia to defeat ISIL and other groups seen as terrorist in…

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad has hit out at the US, saying it has no will to work with Russia to defeat ISIL and other groups seen as terrorist in…

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West secretly helping Syria against militants, says Assad

Syria’s President al-Assad is claiming that Western countries have sent security officials to help his government covertly fight militants.

Syria’s President al-Assad is claiming that Western countries have sent security officials to help his government covertly fight militants.

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Russia says Aleppo truce in Syria extended for 72 hours

Russia’s defence ministry has said a “regime of calm” truce in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo has been extended by three days, according to the

Russia’s defence ministry has said a “regime of calm” truce in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo has been extended by three days, according to the

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Syrians go to the polls in contested elections

In the shadow of war, Syria's embattled president goes ahead with elections in defiance of opponents who seek to oust him. With voting held in only government-controlled areas the vote is set to retur

In the shadow of war, Syria's embattled president goes ahead with elections in defiance of opponents who seek to oust him. With voting held in only government-controlled areas the vote is set to retur

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Syria: Polls and peace talks as fighting escalates

State-controlled areas of Syria are voting on Wednesday in parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition. The polls are seen as a sham by the

State-controlled areas of Syria are voting on Wednesday in parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition. The polls are seen as a sham by the

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Syrian government: "Europe is guilty of many strategic mistakes"

On Monday, Russia surprised the international community with the announcement that it is to begin the partial withdrawal of its troops from Syria

On Monday, Russia surprised the international community with the announcement that it is to begin the partial withdrawal of its troops from Syria

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Can the wrecked Syrian city of Homs rise again?

The old city of Homs in Syria is devastated after years of war. Few buildings remain intact and even fewer of the inhabitants are still living there

The old city of Homs in Syria is devastated after years of war. Few buildings remain intact and even fewer of the inhabitants are still living there

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Top rebel commander killed in Syria strikes

The leader of powerful rebel group Jaysh al Islam has been killed in strikes in a suburb east of Damascus. The death of founder Zahroun Alloush and

The leader of powerful rebel group Jaysh al Islam has been killed in strikes in a suburb east of Damascus. The death of founder Zahroun Alloush and

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UN Security Council adopts resolution for Syrian peace process

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for the Syrian peace process. According to the text, the UN now has

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for the Syrian peace process. According to the text, the UN now has

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Map: where are Assad's friends and enemies

Russia is arousing international speculation over its intentions toward Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. On Tuesday, RIA news agency quoted a

Russia is arousing international speculation over its intentions toward Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. On Tuesday, RIA news agency quoted a

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Syria: Tehran renews support for Assad regime

During a meeting with Bashar al Assad in Damascus, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also discussed the threat of renewed aggression by Israel in Syria.

During a meeting with Bashar al Assad in Damascus, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also discussed the threat of renewed aggression by Israel in Syria.

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Civil war continues to rage in Syria

Amateur video appeared to show Syrian rebels attacking government positions in the city of Aleppo and government forces targeting the town of Khan

Amateur video appeared to show Syrian rebels attacking government positions in the city of Aleppo and government forces targeting the town of Khan

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Assad's staying power, defying the odds

The Sunni city of Deraa in southern Syria is where the protests began in March 2011 against the father-to-son tightly-held rule of the Alawite Shia

The Sunni city of Deraa in southern Syria is where the protests began in March 2011 against the father-to-son tightly-held rule of the Alawite Shia

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Syria's Bashar al-Assad: in power for 14 years

The death of Hafez al-Assad, Syria’s ruler for three decades, propelled his son Bashar to the presidency in 2000. Although he had not originally

The death of Hafez al-Assad, Syria’s ruler for three decades, propelled his son Bashar to the presidency in 2000. Although he had not originally

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Syria government predicts high turnout as voters go to polls

Voters have been going to the polls in government-held parts of Syria in an election that few doubt will hand a resounding victory to President

Voters have been going to the polls in government-held parts of Syria in an election that few doubt will hand a resounding victory to President

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Syria goes to the polls in 'farcical' presidential election

Syria votes today in the country’s first multicandidate presidential election. While the government is presenting it as a solution to the conflict

Syria votes today in the country’s first multicandidate presidential election. While the government is presenting it as a solution to the conflict

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Syria to got to the polls for first multi-candidate presidential

President Bashar al-Assad appears set to win a third seven-year term when Syria goes to the polls on Tuesday. The presidential election will be the

President Bashar al-Assad appears set to win a third seven-year term when Syria goes to the polls on Tuesday. The presidential election will be the

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Syrian rebels kidnap presidential hopeful

Syrian rebels say that have kidnapped a presidential hopeful whose attempt to register as a candidate was turned down by the constitutional

Syrian rebels say that have kidnapped a presidential hopeful whose attempt to register as a candidate was turned down by the constitutional

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Syria's Assad to run for re-election

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced his candidacy for re-election. The country is due to hold presidential elections on June 3rd

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced his candidacy for re-election. The country is due to hold presidential elections on June 3rd

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Syrian parliament announces June 3 date for presidential elections

President Bashar al-Assad, appears set to win a third term in Syria. June 3 has been set as a date for elections though he is yet to confirm if he

President Bashar al-Assad, appears set to win a third term in Syria. June 3 has been set as a date for elections though he is yet to confirm if he

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Syria's children: a generation in peril

A newly-released United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report estimates that 4.3 million children are in need of aid inside Syria and that there

A newly-released United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report estimates that 4.3 million children are in need of aid inside Syria and that there

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UN evacuates civilians from Homs but Syrian fighting continues

The shattered Syrian city of Homs has seen some relief from its government siege, with 450 people bussed out on Monday by the Red Crescent, but the

The shattered Syrian city of Homs has seen some relief from its government siege, with 450 people bussed out on Monday by the Red Crescent, but the