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# Damascus

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2022
# historic ruling
Syrian ex-colonel gets life sentence in German 'crimes against humanity' trial
The accused sought refuge in Germany after deserting the Syrian regime in 2012.
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# Damascus
125 troops return to Ireland after six months in Syria
They arrived in from Damascus at 11.35pm last night.
# Damascus
Putin says further Syria strikes from Western powers would spark 'chaos'
Meanwhile, a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the US, British, and French missile strikes on Syria has failed at the UN Security Council.
# Syria
Suicide bomber kills 18 after car chase in Damascus
It’s the deadliest attack to hit the Syrian capital in months.
# Syria
'Massive explosion' at Damascus airport
It’s not immediately clear if it was the result of an air strike or a ground attack.
# Syrian civil war
44 killed in twin bomb attack in centre of Damascus
Attacks are rare in the Syrian government stronghold.
# Siege
Russia has stopped bombing Aleppo - but for how long?
Russian and Syrian air forces have stopped bombing Aleppo as of 7am this morning, Russia’s defence minister said.
# Syria
At least 20 killed and dozens wounded in Damascus bombings
A suicide bomber and a car bomb went off at the Sayyida Zeinab shrine in Damascus this morning.
# syrian ceasefire
'This is the first time we've woken up without the sound of shelling'
Fighting groups in Syria agreed to cease hostilities at midnight.
# Syria
Shocking videos show the starving children trapped in a Syrian town
The UN said the Syrian government has now given permission for aid deliveries after the images were shared all across the world.
# Desperate Times
ISIS have taken their oil, so Syria has put a tax on shwarmas to pay for the civil war
The country’s oil revenues have imploded.
# jobar
WATCH: First drone video shows devastation of war in Syria
The footage is a rare aerial view of the extent of the destruction in Syria.
# Middle East
'I will be killed for sure': Life could get even worse for gay people in Syria
If the jihadists secure even more control, there are some frightening scenes ahead.
# barrel bomb
There is "strong evidence" that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in attacks on rebels
Human Rights Watch say that barrel bombs embedded with cylinders of chlorine gas were dropped on three towns.
# Al Qaeda
Two crucified, 60 killed, as chemical weapons watchdog launches fresh probe in Syria
Up to 60 people were killed in attacks on Damascus and Homs yesterday.
# Death
British doctor 'failed by his government and Syrians'
The family of Dr Abbas Khan spoke to BBC News about their anger following his death in a Syrian prison.
# Syria
'A credit to the Assad regime': US welcomes Syria's chemical weapons disposal
Syria’s quick compliance with the destroying of chemical weapons stockpile has earned praise from US Secretary of State John Kerry.
# Syrian Conflict
Process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons now under way
The team charged with the destruction of the weapons began the process this morning, a source in the international mission has said.
# Syria
Syria meets watchdog deadlines
Inspectors are reviewing the latest chemical weapons disclosure by Syrian officials.
# syrian crisis
UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons "war crime" in Syria
Ban Ki-moon says UN invesigators have confirmed “unequivocally and objectively” that chemical weapons, including sarin, were used.
# Charlie Rose
Syria’s Assad tells US television that he was not behind chemical attack
The interview is the first given by Assad in two years.
# Conflict
EU ministers believe Assad was responsible for Syria chemical attack
The group of EU foreign ministers have pointed the finger of blame for the alleged murders on the Assad regime.
# Middle East
Number of Syrian refugees passes 2 million mark
A year ago, the figure was around 230,000. One million Syrian children are now living as refugees.
# Chemical Weapons
John Kerry: US has evidence sarin nerve gas was used in Syria
Obama says America is ready for strike action following the chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people.
# Syria
UN chemical weapons inspectors leave Syria
The team will head to The Hague to assess the evidence gathered during their probe.
# Syria
President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act
The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”
# where in the world
Drumroll, please... The top ten "most liveable cities" in the world have been named
Statistically, it’s unlikely you live in any of them.
Voices
Column: Those Syrian children are dead because the world didn't try to save them
Using chemical weapons and targeting innocent civilians are war crimes. But so is silence – and every day we sit back while this slaughter continues is another day that we have facilitated the killing of innocent people, writes Maurice McQuillan.
# Syria
Syrian opposition accuses regime of killing 1,300 in chemical weapons attack
Pro-opposition groups say that government forces used a “poisonous gas” in an attack earlier today but the government says the reports are “totally false”.
# Syria
Syria's rebels are using chemical weapons too, says UN investigator
A member of a UN panel investigating alleged war crimes says it appears that the rebels are using sarin gas.
# tensions
Israel hits military research centre in Syria in second attack
It is Israel’s second strike on Syria in three days.
# Israel
Israel targets shipment of surface-to-air missiles in Syria
At least 70,000 people have been killed in Syria so far, including 122 people killed in violence yesterday.
# Syria
Terrorist explosion kills nine in Damascus
The explosion took place in the central district of Marjeh, Syrian state television said.
# Syria
Syrian prime minister escapes assassination attempt
Wael al-Halqi was travelling through Damascus when his convoy was targeted earlier today, Syrian state television reports.
# Syria
Assad vows to 'cleanse' Syria after attack
The statement was made after a suicide bomb at the Iman Mosque in Damascus.
# Syria
Syria says it's prepared to talk with armed rebels
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem is the first high-ranking regime official to say the government is prepared to talk with rebels.
# Syria
Damascus hit by its deadliest bombing in Syria war
Almost 60 people were killed in the blast that rocked the city with many children among those wounded.
# Syria
Israel strike on Syria 'unacceptable': Russia
Russia’s foreign ministry said it was “deeply concerned” by the Syrian claims and that it was taking “urgent measures” to clarify the situation.
# Syria
World giving Syria regime licence to kill says Ban Ki-moon
The U.N. chief also appealed for a major boost in international relief aid for Syria.