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Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

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Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

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ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Syrian army and allied fighters drove the Islamic State group (ISIS) from their last positions in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, October 4, after heavy fighting, a monitor said. Continue reading Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

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WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 21, 2017) — US-backed fighters have seized 90% of Raqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said Wednesday, September 20, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold. Continue reading US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

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SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they’re towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia’s East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Some 74% of the 31,000 millennials surveyed says they are emphatic with the situation of the refugees, data from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 29, 2017) — Millennials are more emphatic of refugees’ situation and would want their governments to welcome them in their countries, an international survey said. Continue reading 7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws

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A message on the Eiffel Tower after Paris was chosen to host climate talks in 2015. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The US is the only country to argue that the accord demands too much of signatory nations

June 1, 2017 — The Paris climate pact agreed at the end of 2015 was a historic achievement after more than two decades of failed efforts to reach a global consensus on climate change. It became legally Continue reading Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws

US joins only Syria and Nicaragua on climate accord ‘no’ list

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Drought-hit land in Nicaragua, which contributes 0.03% to global emissions but is one of the countries most affected by climate change. Photograph: Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Only other UN members not party to Paris agreement never signed up, but for reasons of war and principle, not disbelief

June 1, 2017 — Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change means the US joins only two other countries not signed up to the historic accord. Continue reading US joins only Syria and Nicaragua on climate accord ‘no’ list

ISIS kills more than 50 people in Syria assault

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The Observatory says ISIS seized control of Aqareb and part of Al-Mabujeh in the attack, which began with heavy shelling on a nearby regime checkpoint

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 18, 2017) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria’s Hama province on Thursday, May 18, a monitor said. Continue reading ISIS kills more than 50 people in Syria assault

Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

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ON THE DEFENSIVE. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (ISIS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 km east of Mosul on September 9, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Though officials warn that military action will continue for some time, they are generally upbeat about the progress and quickening momentum of the fight

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (May 9, 2017) — Key members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria meet in Copenhagen on Tuesday, May 9, to assess the campaign’s next steps as the jihadists’ “caliphate” collapses. Continue reading Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

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EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

‘Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria,’ state television says in a news alert

DAMASCUS, Syria (May 8, 2017) — Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, May 8, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital. Continue reading First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

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Some 156 fighters are killed in the clashes, 67 from the Army of Islam and the rest from Fateh al-Sham and allied forces. The fighting also kills 13 civilians, including two children, and wounded dozens

BEIRUT, Lebanon (May 5, 2017) — A week of infighting killed nearly 169 people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital Damascus before calm returned on Friday, May 5, a monitor said. Continue reading Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor