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  • Middle EastParliament speaker: Syria presidential election on May 26

    Parliament speaker: Syria presidential election on May 26

    Damascus: Syria’s parliament speaker announced Sunday that presidential elections in the war-ravaged country will be held on May 26. Speaker Hammoud Sabbagh said the window for nominations will be open for 10 days…

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    Syrian President, wife test positive for coronavirus

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad were tested positive for COVID-19, state news agency SANA reported on Monday. After experiencing some symptoms, the president and his wife took…

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    Russia registers 4 ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkey records 5

    Moscow: The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has registered four ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has…

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    Gas pipeline explosion leads to blackout in Syria

    Damascus: A gas pipeline explosion in the Damascus area led to a total power shutdown in Syria, state news agency SANA reported citing information from energy and electricity ministries. https://twitter.com/richimedhurst/status/1297793254323359746 The explosion on…

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    Damascus-Aleppo highway officially opens for travel

    Damascus: A week following its capture by the Syrian army, the Damascus-Aleppo strategic highway has been officially opened for the travel between the country’s south and north, according to the state news…

  • Top StoriesRegime fire kills seven civilians in northwest Syria market

    Israeli attack on Damascus kills 7 fighters: War monitor

    Damascus: Israeli strikes on Damascus airport killed seven fighters, a war monitor said Friday, the latest in a string of attacks targeting Iran’s military presence in Syria. Syrian state media said only…

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    Israeli strike on Damascus kills Palestinian figure’s son

    Damascus: An Israeli strike on Damascus on Tuesday hit the home of a leading Palestinian figure, killing his son and one other person, Syrian state news agency SANA and his group said.…

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    Kurdish force rejects Damascus call to join Syrian army

    DAMASCUS: Syrian Kurdish forces rejected a call Wednesday from the regime’s army and police to join their ranks following a Turkish cross-border incursion.  The appeal by Damascus comes after regime troops deployed…

  • Syria15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds: monitor

    Exposed and under fire, Syria’s Kurds may turn to Damascus

    BEIRUT: A US withdrawal from Syria‘s northern border this week has exposed Washington’s Kurdish partners to a Turkish assault, creating conditions for a rapprochement with Damascus that both sides need badly, analysts said.…

  • SyriaMortar fire kills foreign medic in northeast Syria: NGO

    Damascus says would welcome Kurds back into fold

    DAMASCUS: Damascus is ready to welcome Syria‘s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday. Ankara has threatened…

  • NewsUN envoy concludes Damascus talks on constitutional committee

    UN envoy concludes Damascus talks on constitutional committee

    DAMASCUS: The UN special envoy for Syria said he held “successful” talks Monday with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on forming a committee to draft a post-war constitution. “Today I have concluded another round…

  • SyriaUN Syria envoy arrives in Damascus

    UN Syria envoy arrives in Damascus

    DAMASCUS: Geir Pedersen was set to meet with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Monday to discuss the committee, the UN-backed push for which has been bogged down by disagreements with President Bashar…

  • SyriaIsraeli drone overflying Lebanon targeted by missile: army

    Damascus says 2nd drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria

    DAMASCUS: A drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said. Authorities “dismantled a drone” after it was shot down…

  • SyriaFrench group to open two hotels in Damascus as airstrikes kill civilians

    French group to open 2 hotels in Damascus

    Damascus: Louvre Hotels Group, owned by China’s Jin Jiang, has signed an agreement to open two hotels under its own name in Damascus, it said on Saturday, a day after the UN…

  • NewsUS-Turkey deadline on Syria expires 1900 GMT Tuesday

    Damascus condemns US-Turkish patrols in Syria

    Damascus said Sunday it strongly opposes joint patrols in northeast Syria by the United States and Turkey, calling it a flagrant “aggression” that seeks to prolong the country’s eight-year conflict. The Syrian government also…

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    Damascus hails Hezbollah anti-Israel attack

    DAMASCUS: The Syrian government on Monday hailed Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah’s strike the previous day on an Israeli military vehicle. Hezbollah, referred to by its supporters as “the resistance”, said it had…

  • SyriaSyrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were its air defences lighting up the night sky

    Syria fires on Israeli missiles over Damascus

    DAMASCUS: Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Saturday fired at ‘enemy targets’ over Damascus, state media said, as the Israeli military said it struck to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on…

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    Syrian air defences repel ‘enemy targets’ over Damascus

    Damascus: Local Syrian media on Saturday late night claimed that several explosions were heard over the skies in Damascus. They added that Syrian air defences were repelling ‘enemy targets’ over the capital…

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    Damascus forces surround Turkish army post: monitor

    BEIRUT: Syrian government forces surrounded a Turkish military observation post on Friday after overrunning surrounding villages following their capture of a nearby  northwestern town from rebels, a monitor said. The town of…

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    Damascus to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib

    Damascus said Thursday it is opening a corridor for civilians to leave the rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April, state media said.  The announcement…

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    Damascus angered by Turkish army convoy heading for key Syria

    Damascus on Monday condemned the deployment of a Turkish military convoy towards a key town in northwestern Syria where regime forces are waging fierce battles with jihadists and rebels. An AFP correspondent saw a…

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    Damascus seizes two Syria villages from jihadists and rebels

    BEIRUT: Regime forces captured two villages from jihadists and allied rebels in northwest Syria on Thursday following deadly clashes, days after ditching a ceasefire for the area, a war monitor said. The villages of…

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    Damascus rejects Turkey-US plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

    DAMASCUS: Damascus said Thursday it strongly rejects a proposed US-Turkish buffer zone for northern Syria, blaming the “aggressive” project on Syria’s Kurds, who gave the proposal a guarded welcome. Turkish and US…

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    Deadly strike hits Syria market as Damascus battles jihadists

    Maaret al-Numan: Syrian government air strikes killed 15 civilians, 12 of them in a market, as fierce fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwest, a monitor said on Wednesday. Government forces battled to…

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    Syria intercepts projectiles fired from Israel

    Damascus: Syrian air defence systems on Friday intercepted “luminous objects coming from the (Israeli) occupied territories, shooting down a number of them,” as per Syrian state media. “Our anti-aircraft systems monitored hostile…

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    Israel fires missiles over Damascus: Syria

    Damascus: Syria on Friday claimed that Israel has filed multiple missiles towards Damascus which triggered Syrian air defences that shot down most of them. Al Arabiya quoted the Syrian state news agency…

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    Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles: state media

    Damascus: Syrian air defences shot down Israeli missiles late Friday, the official SANA news agency reported, citing a military source. Most of the missiles fired by “Israeli military planes” were intercepted at…

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    Syria opposition outraged as regime cements comeback

    BEIRUT: Almost eight years into Syria’s devastating war, opponents of the regime are watching in dismay as President Bashar al-Assad‘s government looks set to secure its comeback at home and abroad. Holed…

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