Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

  • NICOSIA, Cyprus: The last of Syria’s acknowledged stockpile of chemical weapons has been handed over to Western governments for destruction, the organization charged with overseeing the elimination of such weapons said Monday.The final 8 percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile, which included mustard...
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Syrian chemicals transferred to US ship

  • GIOIA TAURO, Italy: The international operation to destroy Syrian chemical weapons entered its final phase on Wednesday, with the stockpile being loaded onto a US military ship equipped to dispose of them.Hundreds of tons of mustard gas and ingredients to make Sarin nerve gas were transferred...
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Syrian fighters overrun key army base in new regime setback

  • BEIRUT: An alliance of Syrian rebel forces seized a key army base in the south of the country on Tuesday in a new setback for the regime’s embattled troops.The Southern Front alliance took full control of the 52nd Brigade base in Daraa province after 24 hours of fierce clashes, a spokesman for...
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Syrian rebels attack army outposts in southern Syria

  • AMMAN: Syrian rebels waged a spate of mortar attacks on Syrian army checkpoints in the southern province of Daraa, rebels, residents and the army said on Thursday. This is the biggest flare-up of violence since government forces retook the restive region three years ago. The widespread attack...
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Syrian rebels launch new ‘revolution’ against radicals

  • BEIRUT: Syrian rebels and activists have launched a second “revolution” nearly three years into the uprising against President Bashar Assad, this time against a powerful Al-Qaeda affiliate accused of brutal abuses.Battles have raged for two days across northern Syria since the newly formed Army...
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Syrian refugees forgotten as attention shifts to new conflicts, expert says

  • CHICAGO: More than a decade after being forced to flee their homes to escape the civil war, Syrian refugees face increasingly “dire” circumstances as international attention shifts toward more recent conflicts in the Middle East and the war in Ukraine, according to a top official from one of th...
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Syrian regime, allies step up attacks in Daraa city

  • BEIRUT: US-backed Syrian fighters battling Daesh pushed closer to the Old City in the terrorists’ stronghold of Raqqa on Monday, a monitor said as the Syrian regime and Iran-backed militia forces escalated attacks against an opposition-held part of the southern city of Deraa.The Kurdish and Arab...
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Tehran hard-liners admit Iran attacked Israeli ship off Oman

  • JEDDAH: An Israeli ship hit by an explosion off the coast of Oman was “a legitimate target” attacked by Iran and its allies, a hard-line Iranian media outlet claimed on Sunday. The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle carrier, was traveling from the Gulf to Singapore on Thursday when the blast blew two h...
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The Pope of Hope: Egypt’s Tawadros II on status of Copts, regional politics and Saudi reforms

  • CAIRO: It was July 21, 1969, and Neil Armstrong had just taken mankind’s first steps on the moon. In Egypt, 16-year-old Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman was transfixed by the achievement. More in hope than in any expectation of a reply, he wrote to the US astronaut asking for an autograph. A few wee...
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Top Israeli journalist lambasts Tel Aviv for ‘brutality’ at Al-Aqsa compound

  • CHICAGO: A leading Israeli journalist has launched a scathing attack on the Tel Aviv government for the manner in which police and soldiers brutalized civilians and journalists at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Haram Al-Sharif over the past week, and called for a probe into their actions. ...
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