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August 8, 2017 6:04 PM Images of children in war-torn Syria show brutal impact on region's innocent

A Syrian boy cries as he is being held at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa. A displaced Syrian boy who fled the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa stands near a fence during a sandstorm at a temporary camp in a northern Syrian village. Syrian children, who fled their 53

August 4, 2017 7:12 PM Lebanon's Hezbollah says army to lead battle against IS

BEIRUT – The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has declared victory against Islamic insurgents in the border area between his country and Syria. Hassan Nasrallah says Friday the next phase of the battle will take on the Islamic State group in the shared border area. Nasrallah's speech comes days after a joint Syrian-Hezbollah offensive culminated in a negotiated 51

August 1, 2017 10:27 AM Syria slams Saudi Arabia for 'politicizing' hajj pilgrimage

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's government says Saudi authorities continue to place restrictions on Syrian citizens looking to take part in this year's hajj, accusing the kingdom of "politicizing" the annual Muslim pilgrimage. Tuesday's statement from the Ministry of Religious Endowments criticized what it described as Riyadh's "political and financial exploitation" 47

July 3, 2017 3:44 PM Elton John bomb plotter Haroon Syed jailed for life

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for life for planning a bomb attack that may have targeted an Elton John concert or Oxford Street in central London. Haroon Syed, of west London, admitted preparing acts of terrorism after trying to source weapons including a suicide bomb and machine gun. He was caught after approaching MI5 officers, who were posing 62

June 14, 2017 6:38 AM Syrian artist depicts Trump and other leaders as refugees

Artist Jawad no longer lives in Syria, though he says he is "Syrian by kismet," having lived through the rise of President Bashar Al-Assad's rule prior to the demonstrations and subsequent civil war's beginning, in 2011. Like the majority of Syria, Syria's conscripted army was mostly Sunni Muslim. At the start of the war, opposition groups accused the regime 96

June 4, 2017 11:14 PM 1967 war: Six days which changed the Middle East

Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present day. At the end of 1948, Israel's Arab neighbours had invaded to try to destroy the new state, and failed. The Egyptian army had been beaten, but a force surrounded in a piece of land known as the Falluja pocket 131

June 3, 2017 5:22 PM Turkey's coast guard stops nearly 100 migrants at sea

Turkey's coast guard says it has stopped nearly 100 migrants attempting to reach Greece, most of them Syrians. The coast guard said in a statement that 63 Syrian migrants were intercepted off the coast of Izmir province on Saturday. In accompanying footage, a coast guard vessel is seen following a rubber dinghy. Two Turkish nationals alleged to be smugglers 51

June 3, 2017 3:23 PM 3 gunmen from Syria killed in Jordan border attack

AMMAN, Jordan – Three gunmen on motor bikes launched an attack from Syrian soil on Jordanian border positions Saturday and were killed in a clash with troops, a news website linked to Jordan's military reported. The Hala Akhbar site said a Jordanian soldier sustained a hand injury and was in stable condition. The attackers started out Saturday morning 48

May 30, 2017 7:26 PM The Latest: Poland may accept refugees for medical care

Poland's foreign minister says the government is thinking of temporarily taking in Syrians who need medical treatment. The statement Tuesday by Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski was a significant, albeit cautious, change from the conservative government's refusal to take in any migrants from the Middle East and Africa due to security concerns 67

May 15, 2017 4:57 PM Syria using crematorium to hide executions, State Department says

The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison outside Damascus to clandestinely dispose of thousands of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, according to the State Department. At least 50 prisoners a day are executed in the prison, some in mass hangings, said Stuart Jones 56