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Temple-goers likely used imported hashish to 'get into ecstasy and connect with God', researchers say.

Iran has sent millions of gallons of oil to Venezuela, worrying the US.

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Sam Hamad

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Syrian rebel and regime forces fight in Libya

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Syrian rebel and regime forces fight in Libya

A recent rapprochement between Assad and Haftar shows the increasing overlap between the two conflicts.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

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Pirates attack tanker off Yemen coast, causing minor damage

The Gulf of Aden has seen nine reported pirate attacks this year.

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

Hugo Goodridge

Coronavirus could be a humanitarian catastrophe for Syria's Idlib

Idlib is no stranger to death, but the war-torn Syrian region is desperately underprepared for the threat of coronavirus.

Sophia Akram

Yazidis face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads

The Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening a mental health crisis for traumatised Yazidis in Iraq, who are still recovering from the barbarity of the ...

Israel claims Iran pulling out of Syria amid strikes

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Israel claims Iran pulling out of Syria amid strikes

The most recent Israeli strikes have targeted Iran-backed militia fighters and a Hezbollah arms depot in Syria.

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Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

Following a public dispute between Bashar Al-Assad and his businessman cousin Rami Makhlouf, the Guernica 37 human rights lawyers group have ...

Israeli missiles target Syrian military and '<em>chemical</em> research lab'

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Israeli missiles target Syrian military and 'chemical research lab'

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria during the war.

Saudi <em>chemical</em> giant SABIC posts another loss

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Saudi chemical giant SABIC posts another loss

SABIC, one of the world's largest chemical firms, said it made a loss of 950 million riyals ($253 million) in the first quarter of 2020.

Libya's Sarraj denounces EU arms embargo monitoring operation

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Libya's Sarraj denounces EU arms embargo monitoring operation

The GNA leader said the EU's operation IRINI to clamp down on arms imports to Libya is not sufficiently monitoring airspace and borders in ...

Haftar supporters rally despite heavy losses in Libya offensive

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Haftar supporters rally despite heavy losses in Libya offensive

Despite suffering major setbacks in his campaign to capture Tripoli, Haftar presented a plan for drafting a constitution and holding elections, ...

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Syrians tricked to fight in Libya for warlord Haftar

Syrian men are being tricked into fighting for Khalifa Haftar's self-described Libyan National Army.

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Libya government accuses Russia's Wagner mercenaries of 'chemical attack'

Russian private firm Wagner helped mobilise an alleged nerve gas attack by Haftar's forces in the Libyan capital, the GNA said.

Sam Hamad

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Comment: Assad's torturous regime prevails, but the trial in Germany that puts his accused henchmen in the dock is a step closer to justice for ...

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Top Syrian generals 'watched chemical attack' on Idlib village

A Bellingcat investigation revealed that Syria's top brass likely gathered to watch a chlorine attack on Latamenah hospital.

In UN session, Syria denounced over <em>chemical</em> weapons

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In UN session, Syria denounced over chemical weapons

Britain, Estonia and Germany slammed Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons in a closed door Security meeting held over ...

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Turkish forces storm protest camp on strategic Syrian highway

Turkish forces have stormed a protest camp aimed at preventing Russian forces patrolling on the strategic M4 highway.

Coronavirus 'disaster in the making' in war-torn Syria

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Coronavirus 'disaster in the making' in war-torn Syria

Aid groups are sounding the alarm on the potentially devastating consequences of a severe outbreak in war-torn Syria.

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as <em>chemical</em> culprit

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.

War-exhausted Syrians struggle to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Tesbih Habbal

War-exhausted Syrians struggle to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Amid regime secrecy about the spread of Covid-19, war-weary Syrians face skyrocketing prices and food shortages as bomb-damaged health systems ...

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