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Children aged two to 16 were flown to Moscow from Syria on Friday as part of Russian efforts to evacuate its minor nationals from the war-torn country.

In-depth: Five years have passed since Russia's intervention in Syria's war began.

Assad declares 'national catastrophe' after forest fires

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Assad declares 'national catastrophe' after forest fires

Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad has visited areas in northwestern Syria affected by deadly forest fires and declared a ‘national catastrophe’ as regime forces arrested 15 people suspects.

Syrians urge voting against Russia on Human Rights Council

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Syrians urge voting against Russia on Human Rights Council

Syrian groups have urged UN member states to vote against Russia gaining a seat on the Human Rights Council.

Assad says Russia presence keeps 'balance' in Syria

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Assad says Russia presence keeps 'balance' in Syria

Assad claimed Russia's presence in Syria is needed to counter Western influence.

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US wants Iran, not Russia, to leave Syria: report

Despite expanding its military presence in Syria and the Middle East, Moscow is not facing US retribution for its support of the Assad regime.

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Russia given green light to expand Syria airbase

Russia has been given approval to expand its airbase in Latakia province.

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Russia 'tested' military-trained dolphins in Syria: report

Satellite images appear to show pens for marine mammals at a Russian naval base in Syria.

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Report documents 72 torture methods used by Syrian regime

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has documented 72 torture methods the Syrian regime uses in prisons, along with harrowing testimonies from ...

Russia downed 'almost 60 drones' in Syria this year

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Russia downed 'almost 60 drones' in Syria this year

General Igor Konachenkov told journalists on Friday that 58 drones and 27 missiles were intercepted by Russian forces at the base in the coastal ...

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Stena Impero tanker still held in Iran, says owner

Erick Hanell, president and CEO of the company Stena Bulk, denied that its tanker had left Iran and said it was still waiting for permission to ...

Iran says seized British tanker 'free' to leave

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Iran says seized British tanker 'free' to leave

Iran detained the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker after Gibraltar refused to release its own tanker accused of shipping oil to Syria.

UK says Iran broke word with Syria oil transfer

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UK says Iran broke word with Syria oil transfer

The UK has summoned the Iranian ambassador, saying Tehran breached their agreement not to transfer the oil in the Adrian Darya 1 tanker to Syria.

Iran confirms formerly-detained tanker 'sold oil at planned destination'

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Iran confirms formerly-detained tanker 'sold oil at planned destination'

A tanker which was held in Gibraltar has reached its destination and sold the oil it was carrying.

Satellite images show Iranian tanker photographed off Syrian port

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Satellite images show Iranian tanker photographed off Syrian port

A formerly detained Iranian oil tanker that triggered a dispute between Tehran and western powers docked at the Syrian port of Tartous, ...

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Syria Weekly: Refugees in Lebanon face forced deportation

Lebanon is becoming an increasingly dangerous and insecure space for Syrian refugees.

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US slaps sanctions on Iran shipping network

The US imposed sanctions on a shipping network it claims was run by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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Iranian oil tanker switches off tracking beacon

Iranian oil tanker the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, turned off its tracking beacon on Monday night amid speculation the ship ...

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Notorious Syrian regime warlord 'seriously injured' in assassination attempt

A pro-Assad warlord has reportedly been seriously injured assassination attempt.

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

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Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

With Russia and Iran suffering from US sanctions and the EU still resisting pressure to pay for reconstruction, China could be key to rebuilding ...

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Rallies sweep Syria to condemn US Golan move

Demonstrators took to the streets across the war-torn country to protest Washington's decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the ...

Syria Weekly: Selling the country to Iran and Russia

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Syria Weekly: Selling the country to Iran and Russia

Syria Weekly: Syria is preparing to sell its key infrastructure assets to war-backers Russia and Iran.

Israel launches fresh airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria

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Israel launches fresh airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria

An army spokesman confirmed that Israel has carried out some 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months against mainly Iranian targets.

Moscow lawmaker calls for Russian nuclear arsenal in Syria

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Moscow lawmaker calls for Russian nuclear arsenal in Syria

A Russian MP has called for nukes to be deployed to Syria, where Moscow has a huge military presence.

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