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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests [Video]

Turkey orders arrests over 2014 Kurdish protests

Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 82 people including members of a pro-Kurdish opposition party. The warrants are in relation to violent protests from 2014 against the siege by Islamic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published
Thousands take to streets in Germany to demand EU action over Moria migrants [Video]

Thousands take to streets in Germany to demand EU action over Moria migrants

The aunt of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean in 2015, joined protesters in Berlin to urge politicians to act.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:33Published
Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus [Video]

Lebanese attempt to flee, claim asylum in Cyprus

For years the desperate migrants who boarded small boats on Lebanon's northern coast were mostly Syrians or Palestinians. But with Lebanon in freefall, it's citizens have started joining the ranks of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published
Lebanon marks 100 years in turmoil [Video]

Lebanon marks 100 years in turmoil

The deadly Beirut port blast on August 4 this year set the tone for a subdued 100 year anniversary for the state of Lebanon. Megan Revell looks back at a century of hope and despair.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 07:24Published
Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack [Video]

Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack

Syria's oil minister said explosion affected three power stations, may have been a 'terrorist act'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published
Court finds no evidence of direct Hezbollah, Syrian involvement in Hariri assassination [Video]

Court finds no evidence of direct Hezbollah, Syrian involvement in Hariri assassination

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 04:10Published
UNICEF: Conflict in Syria forces children into child labour [Video]

UNICEF: Conflict in Syria forces children into child labour

The war is forcing Syria’s children to earn money to support their families.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Boat carrying migrants to UK seen bailing out water [Video]

Boat carrying migrants to UK seen bailing out water

An inflatable dinghy carrying around 20 Syrian migrants has been met by BorderForce off the coast of Dover. The packed vessel had been making its way acrossthe English Channel on Monday morning, with..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:27Published
Hope of closure for Syrians with missing relatives [Video]

Hope of closure for Syrians with missing relatives

Thousands of photos lifted from alleged Syrian torture chambers by a whistleblowing army photographer codenamed 'Caesar' have given hope to hundreds of families looking for lost loved ones. Adam Reed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published
Syrian designer adds flair to face masks [Video]

Syrian designer adds flair to face masks

A young Syrian fashion designer is making fashionable masks, as coronavirus cases in Damascus continue to rise.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published
Syrian parkour team leap to new heights [Video]

Syrian parkour team leap to new heights

Flipping through the air and jumping over obstacles, this Syrian parkour team hopes to make a name for themselves in their country and abroad.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

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