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Kateab's Oscar-nominated 'For Sama' followed doctors on the frontlines in Aleppo. Now the Syrian director has filmed British doctors fighting the novel coronavirus.

Two reported deaths from coronavirus in Syria point to a much higher outbreak than is being acknowledged by authorities.

The YouTube influencers selling Assad's Syria

Usman Butt

The YouTube influencers selling Assad's Syria

Comment: Foreign YouTubers with thousands of subscribers are presenting sanitized view of a country still reeling from a devastating war, writes Usman Butt.

Syria regime discovers mass grave near Damascus

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Syria regime discovers mass grave near Damascus

A mass grave was discovered near Eastern Ghouta's main town of Douma, an area formerly controlled by rebel group Jaish Al-Islam.

Syrian pilot of downed helicopter 'took selfies with Soleimani'

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Syrian pilot of downed helicopter 'took selfies with Soleimani'

Anti-regime activists have identified the Facebook account of the pilot who died when a Syrian military helicopter was downed on Tuesday.

International Crisis Group

The eleventh hour for Idlib, Syria's last rebel bastion

Comment: The Syrian regime's campaign to retake Idlib threatens devastating levels of death and displacement. Syria and Russia must conclude an immediate ceasefire with rebel forces, writes International Crisis Group.

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Syrian 'For Sama' director stuns Oscars in Arabic-calligraphy dress

'For Sama' won the BAFTA for Best Documentary this year, but narrowly missed out on the Academy Award to 'American Factory'.

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Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

Harrowing Syrian war documentary For Sama is in the running for best feature documentary at Sunday's Oscars.

James Snell

Idlib: A Syrian tragedy foretold

Comment: Syrian and Russian forces are rounding on Idlib, and it's clear they will settle for nothing less than complete destruction, writes ...

Syrian war documentary For Sama wins Best Documentary BAFTA

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Syrian war documentary For Sama wins Best Documentary BAFTA

A documentary film about a young mother's experience amid the Syrian civil war took home a Best Documentary win and 4 nominations at the 2020 ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime captures ghost town Maarat Al-Numan

Bashar Al-Assad's forces moved into Maarat Al-Numan this week, after a two-month siege of the once-bustling Idlib city but found it ...

How Idlib's 'ceasefires' tell the story of Syria's war

James Snell

How Idlib's 'ceasefires' tell the story of Syria's war

Comment: The inconsistent reaction to to the Assad regime's violence in Idlib tells a story of heartbreaking international indifference that has ...

Thousands flee as Syrian regime cuts off Maarat Al-Numan

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Thousands flee as Syrian regime cuts off Maarat Al-Numan

Thousands of people have fled villages around the deserted rebel-held city of Maaret al-Numan in Syria’s Idlib province as the regime prepared ...

For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

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For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

The Cave and For Sama have been nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars.

Syria Weekly: Rattled Russia sparks Putin visit to Damascus

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rattled Russia sparks Putin visit to Damascus

Putin's visit to Damascus this week follows tensions between ally Iran and rival the US in Iraq and Syria.

The New Arab

Syrian war documentary nominated for record number of Baftas

Waad Al-Kataeb's harrowing film tracing 5 years of the Syrian revolution and conflict has picked up more Bafta nominations than any documentary in history.

Elizabeth Hagedorn

Syrians celebrate death of Qasem Soleimani

In much of Syria – where millions have suffered under the Iran-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad – the general's death was welcome news.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: For Syrians, Soleimani's name sparks fear, anger

Syria was the battleground for Soleimani's forces, and his death has sparked celebrations in Idlib.

The New Arab

Who was Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani?

The US assassination of Major-General Qasem Soleimani has unprecedented consequences stretching far beyond the US-Iran relationship. But who was ...

Five positives to take from 2019

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Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019.

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Syrian documentary For Sama shortlisted for Oscar

The films were shortlisted alongside 15 others in the Academy Awards, and in January five will be chosen to go forward to The Oscars ceremony.

Ronaldo condemned over football shirt gift to Israeli FM

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Ronaldo condemned over football shirt gift to Israeli FM

Israel's foreign minister said he had 'the pleasure' of meeting football superstar Cristiano, surprising many Arab fans who considered him ...

Syria Weekly: Idlib homes and marketplaces targeted by regime

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Idlib homes and marketplaces targeted by regime

Schools, homes and hospitals in Idlib have been targeted again by the Syrian regime this week.

Targeting doctors, Assad puts humanity itself in the crosshairs

James Snell

Targeting doctors, Assad puts humanity itself in the crosshairs

Comment: Assad's regime is deliberately targeting health workers - imprisoning, torturing and treating them as enemies of the state, writes ...

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