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Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

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At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RASHIDIN, Syria (Apr. 17, 2017) — Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday, April 16. Continue reading Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

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NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

The UN’s cultural agency has reacted with outrage, calling the fresh destruction a ‘war crime’ and ‘cultural cleansing’

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 21, 2017) — The Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said Friday, January 20. Continue reading ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Massive ISIS bomb attack kills 44 in Syrian Kurdish city

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State television gives a toll of 44 dead and 140 injured in the bomb attack, which hit a western district of the city where several local Kurdish ministries are located

QAMISHLI, Syria (July 28, 2016) — A massive bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens on Wednesday, July 27, in the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Qamishli.  Continue reading Massive ISIS bomb attack kills 44 in Syrian Kurdish city

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

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Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city, others were attacked further west

ALEPPO, Syria (May 6, 2016) — Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday, May 5, in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. Continue reading Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

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HIS HOLINESS. Pope Francis arrives at the camp for refugees in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, 16 April 2016, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA
The pope tells reporters that his gesture is ‘a drop in the ocean’ but hopes that afterwards, ‘the ocean will never be the same again’

ROME, Italy (UPDATED) – Declaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican.

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Refugee conditions in Greece ‘deteriorating’

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MOBBED. US actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. Pantelis Saitas/EPA
Jolie also meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who tells her there are ‘30,000 people trapped in the Greek mainland because of unilateral actions by the countries on the Balkan route’

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday, March 16, onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece.

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Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war’s 5th anniversary

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talks with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, March 15, 2016. L. Knott/UNHCR
Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Jolie calls for ‘reason and calm and foresight’ in response to the international migrant crisis

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Mar. 16, 2016) — Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday, March 15, met Syrian refugee families living in squalid conditions in Lebanon, on the 5th anniversary of the Syrian war.

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UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

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NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP
On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort, Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Mar. 16, 2016) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday, March 15, he will ask countries to step forward and agree to take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria

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NEGOTIATING TABLE. Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari, (L), Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, (R), prior a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and U.N., at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA
However, hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

MOSCOW, Russia (Mar. 14, 2016) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, March 14, announced the withdrawal of Moscow’s forces from Syria in a shock move as fresh peace talks began in Geneva.

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Syria war begins 6th year as US, Russia pull the strings

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GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP
‘The US and Russia have taken command of, and have a monopoly over, the Syrian issue’

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 14, 2016) — The United States and Russia are pulling the strings in Syria’s 5-year war, experts say, pressuring opposing sides and leveraging rival regional powers to reach a settlement.

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