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January 7, 2017 4:49 PM Truck Bomb in Rebel-Held Syrian Town Kills Dozens

BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 43 people were killed on Saturday when a truck bomb ripped through the center of a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, activists and rescue workers said. The explosion occurred outside a local courthouse and security headquarters operated by the opposition fighters who control the town, Azaz, said Saif Alnajdi 41

January 7, 2017 3:09 PM Syria's opposition says at least 43 killed in Azaz blast

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 43 people were killed when a car bomb ripped through the center of a busy commercial district of a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, damaging buildings and leaving rescue workers searching for survivors amid the wreckage, activists and rescue workers said. The explosion went off early Saturday afternoon outside a local 46

December 26, 2016 2:21 PM 21 civilians 'executed' by rebels in Aleppo

DAMASCUS: Syrian authorities have accused rebel fighters of executing 21 civilians, including women and children, at close range as they quit second city Aleppo last week, state media reported. The bodies were found in two neighbourhoods in east Aleppo, state news agency SANA said late Sunday. The head of Aleppo’s forensic unit Zaher Hajjo told SANA that “21 corpses 48

December 26, 2016 12:45 PM The Latest: Turkey Wants More Air Support From Coalition

Turkey has complained about a lack of aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition for its operations against the Islamic State group in northern Syria. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters Monday that the coalition "needs to carry out its responsibilities especially on the issue of providing aerial backing." His comments come days after 40

December 26, 2016 11:14 AM The Latest: Russia says mass graves found in eastern Aleppo

The Russian Defense Ministry says its troops have found mass graves in Aleppo with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation. Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in an emailed statement on Monday that the Russians found “found mass graves of several dozens of Syrians who suffered atrocious torture and massacre.” Konashenkov said some of the bodies 27

December 25, 2016 5:05 AM President Obama: Hanukkah 'Has Inspired an American Tradition of Religious Freedom'

President Barack Obama issued a Hanukkah greeting on Friday -- ahead of the start of the Jewish holiday, which began Saturday at sundown -- saying "the meaning of this holiday has inspired an American tradition of religious freedom." Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days and commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple 57

December 20, 2016 12:42 PM The Latest: UN Official Says Monitors to Go to Aleppo Soon

He said about 90 of OCHA's 100 staffers already in Aleppo are Syrians, and the new deployment would "almost triple" the number of international staffers" there. The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the assassination the previous day of Moscow's ambassador in Turkey plays into the hands of those who want to derail peace talks for Syria 44

December 19, 2016 5:44 PM Bana Alabed, girl who tweeted Syria horrors, escapes Aleppo with family

Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old girl who chronicled daily life in war-torn Syria, has evacuated Aleppo with her family. On Monday morning, pictures and video of the young girl with her mother, Fatemah, at a gathering site set up by international aid groups circulated online. Ahmad Tarakji, the president of the Syrian American Medical Society, a nonpartisan 51

December 19, 2016 4:58 PM Fact-checking 2016: Trump dominates annual review of political falsehoods

A year ago, we broke with past practice and named Donald Trump our first-ever “King of Whoppers.” This year, the reigning champ defended his title well — once again dominating our annual review of political whoppers. At his campaign rallies, Trump regularly disparaged the media as “dishonest,” referring at one point to fact-checkers as “dishonest scum.” Yet, he peddled 61

December 19, 2016 3:21 PM Thousands leave Aleppo as UN backs sending observers

Aleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Thousands of traumatised Syrians left the rebel enclave of Aleppo on Monday as the UN Security Council voted to deploy observers to the battered city to monitor the evacuations. Families had spent hours waiting in below-freezing temperatures, sheltering from the rain in bombed-out apartment blocks and waiting desperately for news on a new wave of departures 47