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Syrian president sworn in for 4th term in war-torn country
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Syrian president sworn in for 4th term in war-torn country

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Saturday for a fourth seven-year term in the war-torn…
Qatar sees no reason for normalising ties with Syria, says foreign minister
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Qatar sees no reason for normalising ties with Syria, says foreign minister

Qatar has no plans to normalise ties with Syria, the Gulf state’s foreign minister said, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…
Scion of a dynasty, Assad rules over shattered Syria
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Scion of a dynasty, Assad rules over shattered Syria

President Bashar al-Assad, once seen as a reformer but viewed by his many foes as a tyrant after a decade…
Syria rights group urges world to reject presidential vote
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Syria rights group urges world to reject presidential vote

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading Syrian rights group Monday called on the international community to reject next month’s presidential elections…
Syria schools begin final exams weeks early because of virus
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Syria schools begin final exams weeks early because of virus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in government-controlled parts of Syria began taking final exams Sunday after…
Fire extinguished on oil tanker off Syria after suspected drone attack
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Fire extinguished on oil tanker off Syria after suspected drone attack

Syria’s oil ministry said firefighters on Saturday put out a fire on an oil tanker off the Baniyas refinery after…
A gift to Damascus: 150,000 COVID-19 Chinese vaccines
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A gift to Damascus: 150,000 COVID-19 Chinese vaccines

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government received the first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, a gift of…
Israel says Syrian missile was not aimed at nuclear reactor
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Israel says Syrian missile was not aimed at nuclear reactor

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday that a Syrian missile that reached deep into Israeli territory and set…
Inside secret Syria talks aimed at freeing American hostages
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Inside secret Syria talks aimed at freeing American hostages

Last summer, two US officials ventured into hostile territory for a secret high-stakes meeting with American adversaries. The Syrian government…
Syria repels Israeli missiles over Damascus — state media
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Syria repels Israeli missiles over Damascus — state media

Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack over Damascus on Sunday evening, Syrian state media reported. “At 10:16 this…
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