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Aid has been a bargaining tool by powers in the Syria war, but with the coronavirus crisis sweeping through the country it has become a matter of life or death.

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling Baath party's hegemony is guaranteed.

Syria Insight: German court case highlights Assad's torture legacy

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: German court case highlights Assad's torture legacy

Syria Insight: A German court case has gripped the Syrian diaspora in Europe, shedding light on Assad's notorious campaign of torture.

Regime soldiers killed, injured in rebel attack near Damascus

The New Arab Staff

Regime soldiers killed, injured in rebel attack near Damascus

Several Syrian regime soldiers have been killed and injured in an attack which a rebel group says it carried out in revenge for detainees killed ...

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

The New Arab

Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold virtual Syria talks

The trilateral talks will take place via video conference on Wednesday.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

The OPCW for the first time attributed blame for Syria chemical attacks, but activists are sceptical about its significance.

Dani Qappani

Syria's economy continues to collapse

With the economy in an unprecedented nose-dive and the value of the Syrian pound reaching 1,000 to one US dollar, Syrians are struggling to meet ...

The New Arab

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 opposition launch new liberal party

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

The New Arab

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'.

Will Syrian documentary For Sama win at the Oscars?

The New Arab

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.

Former Jaysh al-Islam spokesman arrested in France

The New Arab & agencies

Former Jaysh al-Islam spokesman arrested in France

Islam Alloush - A Syrian rebel linked to the disappearance of a prominent rights activist - has been arrested and charged in France.

For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

The New Arab

For Sama and The Cave nominated for Oscars

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

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

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

Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019.

The New Arab

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.

The New Arab

Uncertainty regarding Idlib ceasefire as Syria negotiations begin

A new round of negotiations has begun in the Kazakh capital Astana between officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran as well as representatives of ...

The New Arab

Chemical weapons organisation to publish report on Syria attacks

The OPCW will prepare a report on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

The New Arab & agencies

Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

The Syrian director risked his life to document the atrocities of the longest running siege in Syria’s modern history, suffering torture in ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN sets up team to investigate Syria hospital bombings

Dozens of hospitals have been destroyed in suspected Russian air raids.

Syria Weekly: Regime advance in Idlib threatens civilian genocide

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Regime advance in Idlib threatens civilian genocide

Around three million Syrian civilians await their fate, as a regime advance in Idlib continues.

Death, disappearance and fear rule Assad's forced 'reconciliation' areas

Akram Touma

Death, disappearance and fear rule Assad's forced 'reconciliation' areas

Comment: Caught between forced recruitment or arrest by Assad's security forces, the choice for many Syrians is an impossible one, writes Akram ...

Russian soldiers fighting in Idlib campaign: Syria opposition

The New Arab

Russian soldiers fighting in Idlib campaign: Syria opposition

Russian troops are now engaged in the battle with Syrian rebels in Idlib province according to opposition sources.

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