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Damascus: Capital of Syria
Damascus is the capital of Syria; it is also the country's largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is colloquially known in Syria as aš-Šām (الشام) and titled the "City of Jasmine". Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009.


Thousands of young Syrians opt to learn Russian at school

Omar al-Tawil, a 15-year-old school boy in Damascus, is one of 24,000 Syrian youngsters now learning Russian at school after the country added the language of the government's most powerful ally to the..
Reuters - Published

Putin in Turkey to launch TurkStream

putin in turkey to launch turkstream
Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline, with tensions in Libya and Syria also on the agenda. Putin..
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Videos for Damascus

Thousands of Syrians opt to learn Russian at school [Video]Thousands of Syrians opt to learn Russian at school

Increasing numbers of Syrian students are learning Russian as a foreign language in public schools, a move that reflects the extent to which Syrian-Russian relations have grown since the war started in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Over 230,000 people flee Idlib during Russian-backed offensive - UN [Video]Over 230,000 people flee Idlib during Russian-backed offensive - UN

The United Nations said 235,000 civilians had fled their homes in rebel-held northwestern Syria during a Russian-backed campaign of air strikes and shelling this month. Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Mike Pompeo Criticized Russia And China's UN Veto [Video]Mike Pompeo Criticized Russia And China's UN Veto

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized a veto by Russia and China of a United Nations security council resolution. According to CNN, the resolution would allow humanitarian aid to reach Syrian..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published


Russia’s Putin makes surprise visit to Syria

russia’s putin makes surprise visit to syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to Syria’s capital, Damascus, meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and observing “signs of peaceful life” in the city. The two..
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One-way ticket: Forced repatriation for Denmark's Syrian refugees?

In Denmark, several Syrian families are living in fear of being deported to Syria, where the civil war continues. The Danish government considers Damascus and its region "safe" places and says the..
France 24 - Published

Trump urges regional powers to end bloodshed in Syria's rebel-held Idlib

US President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the governments in Moscow, Damascus and Tehran to stop the bloodshed that has displaced thousands in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib.
France 24 - Published

Russia, China veto UN extending Syria cross-border aide

russia, china veto un extending syria cross-border aide
United Nations—Russia and China used their vetoes Friday to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended for a year cross-border humanitarian aid to four million Syrians...
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The evolution of nationalism in Lebanon: How revolution is shaping a unified identity

the evolution of nationalism in lebanon: how revolution is shaping a unified identity
Damascus: The October of Lebanon has awakened cross-sectarian national sentiment in in the tiny Mediterranean country, after years of slumber imposed by Israel occupations and full-blown Iranian..
WorldNews - Published

Syria wants Chinese companies to scale up country’s post-war reconstruction

syria wants chinese companies to scale up country’s post-war reconstruction
The process of rebuilding war-ravaged Syria has already started but Damascus needs more investment in order to scale it up, according to Syrian President Bashar Assad. “Now, with the liberation of..
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VIDEO of Christmas market in Damascus shows the side of Syria you won’t see in Western media

video of christmas market in damascus shows the side of syria you won’t see in western media
After almost a decade of war, the very name Syria seems synonymous with conflict and destruction. Yet a short video filmed at a Christmas market in Damascus reveals that peace – and joy – are..
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UAE praises Syria's Assad for 'wise leadership', cementing ties

The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat in Syria has praised President Bashar al-Assad for his "wise leadership", in one of the strongest expressions of support yet from a country that once backed..
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Israel launches air strikes in Syria, Damascus says two killed

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel a day earlier.
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Syria says two civilians killed, others wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Two killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus: Syrian state media

Two civilians were killed and some wounded in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, state media said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Syrian air defences thwart Israeli attack over Damascus - SANA

Syrian air defences thwarted an Israeli attack early on Wednesday over the capital Damascus and downed several missiles fired by Israel, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, quoting a military..
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Syrian air defenses thwart hostile targets in the capital Damascus: state media

Syrian air defenses thwarted hostile targets on Wednesday above the capital Damascus and downed several missiles, state media reported.
Reuters - Published

Explosions heard near Damascus airport: state TV

Explosions were heard near the airport in the Syrian capital of Damascus, state television said early on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Israel says it killed Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza

Israel says it killed a commander in the Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, in a targeted airstrike at his Gaza City home. That strike came as Islamic Jihad said another one of its commanders..
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Rocket fire after Israel kills Palestinian militant commander in Gaza strike

rocket fire after israel kills palestinian militant commander in gaza strike
Israel's military killed a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, prompting retaliatory rocket fire and fears of a severe..
WorldNews - Published

Double attacks target Palestinian militant group in Gaza and Damascus

Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in an airstrike in Gaza early Tuesday just hours before another attack in Damascus targeted the home of another leading Palestinian militant, killing his..
France 24 - Published

Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, another targeted in Damascus

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, accusing him of carrying out a series of..
Reuters - Published

Damascus attack hit Islamic Jihad official's home, group says

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said an attack was carried out against the home of one of its officials in Damascus on Tuesday, killing the man's son.
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Attack in Damascus kills two, wounds six: state media

At least two people were killed and six wounded in an attack in the early hours of Tuesday that targeted a building in Damascus, the Syrian capital, state television said.
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Casualties reported from attack near Lebanese embassy in Syrian capital: state TV

Casualties were reported from a building near the Lebanese embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus in an attack late on Tuesday, state television said.
Reuters - Published

Syrian army fires on 'hostile' target in skies west of Damascus: state TV

The Syrian army fired on a "hostile target" in the town of Daraya, west of the capital, Damascus, Syrian state media said late on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurdish forces say leaving Turkish border area, Damascus welcomes move

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should..
Reuters - Published

Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

syria says turkish-led forces attacked its troops
BEIRUT — Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news..
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Kurdish forces pull back from Syrian-Turkish border

Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria left several positions along the long border with Turkey Thursday, complying with a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up their now-defunct autonomous..
France 24 - Published

As Syria's war mutates, Kurds worry that Damascus will return

An uneasy, defiant mood hangs over this Kurdish-controlled city, as rapid shifts in Syria's war place a question mark over the future of Kurdish self-rule in the country's northeast.
Reuters - Published

Russia says oil sites in Syria should be controlled by Damascus: RIA

The Syrian government should get back control of all oil facilities in the north-east of the country, the RIA Novosti news agency cited Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Calling Erdogan a 'thief', Syria's Assad tours Idlib frontline near rebels

calling erdogan a 'thief', syria's assad tours idlib frontline near rebels
Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Tuesday denounced Turkey's leader as a thief for attacking the northeast of his country and reiterated a pledge to retake all areas lost to Damascus in years of..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

SDF commander: Trump did not oppose deal with Damascus to fend off Turkish offensive

U.S. President Donald Trump did not object to an agreement cut between Kurdish-led forces and the Syrian government to protect Syria from a Turkish offensive, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander..
Reuters - Published

Trump downplays Turkey's assault in Syria, touts sanctions over fighting

President Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey's incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it..
Reuters - Published

Arrests, extortion: Syrians warned against heading home

arrests, extortion: syrians warned against heading home
ISTANBUL: Syrians returning to their homes after being displaced by the country's eight-year civil war face arbitrary detentions, endemic corruption and inefficient public services, an activist group..
WorldNews - Published

Trump says it's 'fine' if Russia helps Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey's incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that..
Reuters - Published

U.N. envoy meets with Syrian foreign minister in Damascus

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Damascus on Wednesday, his spokeswoman said.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: The Kurdish struggle for rights and land

Syrian Kurdish forces, scrambling to push back a Turkish invasion, have reached a deal with Damascus for Syrian army troops to deploy near the Turkish border, throwing into question the future of their..
Reuters - Published

With U.S. letdown, Syrian Kurdish leaders lose bargaining chip

A U.S. pullback from Syria has cost Kurdish leaders bargaining power with Damascus in their bid to secure their autonomy and left their fate hinging on its ally Russia.
Reuters - Published

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