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As Syrian cities drop from mainstream narrative, viewers turn to regime media, only to be greeted by a very different reality, writes Qappani.

A UN commission on the Syrian war says it believes government forces deliberately bombed a school complex in the country's northern countryside, killing 21 children, last October.

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Ben Jacobs

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Exclusive: A city of amputees, back-street abortions and chemical weapons-massacres is also a city of survivors, and their hope, reports Ben Jacobs.

Syria a 'testing ground' for deadly new Russian weapons

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Syria a 'testing ground' for deadly new Russian weapons

Russia tested 162 new types of weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to the defence minister who said that they proved their 'worth' and ...

Rehearsing for Geneva: Kazakhstan hosts 'model Syrian peace talks'

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Rehearsing for Geneva: Kazakhstan hosts 'model Syrian peace talks'

Fresh talks on ending conflict resume in Astana Thursday, but focus will be on maintaining a precarious ceasefire while political issues will ...

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Raqqa without water after suspected coalition airstrike

Water to the IS's Syrian bastion of Raqqa has been cut after suspected coalition raids on the city's main pipeline

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Syrian rebels prepare to withdraw from besieged Wadi Barada

Rebels in Syria will withdraw from the flash point Wadi Barada valley on Sunday, after reaching a deal with the Syrian regime ...

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Syrian army takes control of Damascus main water source

Syrian regime forces have entered the village of Ain al-Fija near Damascus, early on Saturday, and took control of a spring that supplies most ...

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Syria rebels object to terms of peace talks declaration

Syrian rebels attending peace talks have said they have "fundamental objections" to the terms of a final declaration at indirect negotiations in ...

Syria crunch-talks set for Kazakhstan: The players, the agendas Syria crunch-talks set for Kazakhstan: The players, the agendas

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Syria crunch-talks set for Kazakhstan: The players, the agendas

Negotiations between the Syrian regime and rebel groups get underway in Astana, the Kazakh capital, on Monday. But will they bring an end to ...

Martin Armstrong

Russian-led 'Blue-Helmets' could deploy to Syria after peace deal

Moscow is seeking a peace-keeping force to include Chechen troops from negotiations set to begin in Kazakhstan next week, according to press ...

Ahrar al-Sham to stay away from Syria peace talks

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Ahrar al-Sham to stay away from Syria peace talks

Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's ...

Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

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Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

Residents of Damascus continue to be affected by lack of water in Syria's capital.

<em>Wadi</em> <em>Barada</em> calls Syria peace conference 'stab in back'

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Wadi Barada calls Syria peace conference 'stab in back'

As Syrian rebel and opposition groups announce they will attend talks with the regime in Astana later this month, residents in besieged ...

Activists call 'massacre' as blood flows in Damascus water-wars

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Activists call 'massacre' as blood flows in Damascus water-wars

At least 10 people were killed in Syrian regime shelling of a centre for internally displaced people in Wadi Barada on Sunday, ...

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Syria: Clashes erupt after regime negotiator killed near Damascus

Syrian regime officials and rebels have accused one another of killing former army officer who brokered deal to restore water supply to Damascus.

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Syrian regime 'strikes deal' to repair Damascus water supply

Works to restore the city's main water supply is underway, according to Syrian officials, who said on Friday that a deal reached with the rebels ...

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Russia, Turkey open to US joining Syria peace talks

Crisis talks over the ongoing conflict in Syria - where a fragile ceasefire is largely holding - are set to begin in the Kazakh capital Astana ...

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Suicide blast kills at least eight in Damascus

At least eight people were killed in a suicide blast that hit a heavily guarded district of the Syrian capital Damascus, which houses key ...

Deal to restore Damascus water reported amid rebel denial

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Deal to restore Damascus water reported amid rebel denial

The Syrian government on Wednesday said it has reached a deal for the regime army to enter a rebel-held region near Damascus and restore the ...

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Iran arming Hizballah could have violated nuclear-linked sanctions: UN

Iran supplying weapons and missiles to Lebanese Shia militia group Hizballah could have breached an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, the UN ...

Ceasefire under fire: Shells rain down in Daraa, Ghouta

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Ceasefire under fire: Shells rain down in Daraa, Ghouta

Opposition activists say around 30,000 civilians are besieged by pro-regime forces in a rebel-held town in Daraa, close to the Jordanian border. ...

Syrian regime resumes <em>Wadi</em> <em>Barada</em> shelling after talks fail

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Syrian regime resumes Wadi Barada shelling after talks fail

Syrian regime forces continued their bombardment of the rebel-held valley Wadi Barada on Sunday after planned talks between ...

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