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Stories with place: Damascus
  • Syrian youth footballer killed in mortar attack 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:14 am
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian Football Association says a national youth team player has been killed in a mortar attack in the central city of Homs.

  • Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:46 am
  • BEIRUT - The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

  • Syria chemical destruction deadline still possible 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 12:45 pm
  • ROTA, Spain - If Syria can remove all its ingredients for making poison gas and nerve agent from the country by the end of the month, an ambitious June 30 deadline for destroying the chemicals should be met, a spokesman for the world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.

  • UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.

  • Assad preparing to run for president despite war 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 8:44 am
  • BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war.

  • Syriac Orthodox patriarch buried near Damascus 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 12:11 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - The patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who led one of the world's oldest Christian sects, was buried in a village near Damascus on Friday after an elaborate memorial service in the Syrian capital's cathedral.

  • Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Zakka Iwas dead at 80 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 5:31 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka Iwas, the leader of one of world's oldest Christian sects, has died. He was 80.

  • Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 3:05 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades.