UNICEF warns of 'looming' situation for Syrian children in harsh winter

December 8, 2015 by · Comments Off on UNICEF warns of 'looming' situation for Syrian children in harsh winter 

GENEVA, Dec. 8 — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday warned another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond.

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Feature: Smuggling across Lebanon-Syria borders poses security concerns

December 1, 2015 by · Comments Off on Feature: Smuggling across Lebanon-Syria borders poses security concerns 

By Salah Takieddine

BEIRUT, Nov. 30 (PNA/Xinhua) — Illegal crossings on the borders with Syria are imposing great concerns to the Lebanese security agencies particularly following the twin bombing at the Burj el-Barajne neighborhood in the southern suburbs of Beirut that killed at least 43 and injured more than 250.

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EU funding should go to post-war Syria, not refugees in Turkey — lawmaker

December 1, 2015 by · Comments Off on EU funding should go to post-war Syria, not refugees in Turkey — lawmaker 

MOSCOW, Dec. 1 — The allocation of EU funds to Turkey to accommodate the refugees and to prevent them from entering the European Union is one of the ways forward until the Syrian war is over, then the funds should be redirected to the emergent Syria, a Cyprus member of the European Parliament told Sputnik Monday.

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French aircraft carrier to reach anti-ISIL operation zone within week

November 19, 2015 by · Comments Off on French aircraft carrier to reach anti-ISIL operation zone within week 

MOSCOW, Nov. 19 — French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will be ready to begin its operation against ISIL radicals before the end of the week.

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Pak analyst: Iran's presence in Syria talks necessary

November 11, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pak analyst: Iran's presence in Syria talks necessary 

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 10 — A senior Pakistani analyst believes Iran’s active diplomacy has convinced global powers to invite the country to return to Vienna conference on Syria crisis.

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Russia’s success in Syria forces US to ramp up airstrikes against ISIL

October 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Russia’s success in Syria forces US to ramp up airstrikes against ISIL 

MOSCOW, Oct. 28 — The pledge by US Defense Secretary to step up the US-led campaign against ISIL proves that Russia is making progress in fighting terrorism, Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich said.

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Turkey confirms IS behind Ankara bombings

October 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Turkey confirms IS behind Ankara bombings 

ANKARA, Oct. 28 — Turkey confirmed on Wednesday that the IS was behind the twin suicide bombings in the capital Ankara earlier in October that killed 102 people.

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Egypt to join Vienna talks on Syrian crisis

October 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Egypt to join Vienna talks on Syrian crisis 

CAIRO, Oct. 28 — Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will participate in a meeting on the Syrian crisis in Vienna on Friday, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

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Germany criticizes Austria for moving refugees to Bavarian border

October 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Germany criticizes Austria for moving refugees to Bavarian border 

MOSCOW, Oct. 28 — Speaking after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chancellor Angela Merkel, de Maiziere stressed that moving groups of migrants to the Bavarian border and letting them cross over by themselves without warning German authorities in advance was not "how it is done among friends."

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Russian, Western positions on Syria are becoming closer – Politician

October 28, 2015 by · Comments Off on Russian, Western positions on Syria are becoming closer – Politician 

MOSCOW, Oct. 27 — There is a relative rapprochement now between Russia and Western countries on the Syrian crisis as both parties understand that a political settlement is the only way out of the conflict, Egyptian politician Rouf Saad said.

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