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As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school

By: Jenna Johnson At a new school for teenage Syrian refugees, in a still-under-construction apartment building near a Turkish hospital, psychology has been added to the standard Syrian curriculum. Turkish is now required, too. But the course about the legacy … Continue reading

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France to push for arming Syria’s opposition coalition

France’s foreign minister has said he will discuss supplying arms to the Syrian opposition coalition with European partners.   The government plans to push for a relaxation of the EU arms embargo to Syria to enable “defensive arms” to reach … Continue reading

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Suspected N.Korea missile parts seized en route to Syria in May

A shipment of graphite cylinders usable in a missile program and suspected to have come from North Korea was found in May aboard a Chinese ship en route to Syria in what appears to have been a violation of U.N. … Continue reading

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Syria internally displaced estimated at 2.5 million

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent estimates 2.5 million people have been displaced within Syria, doubling the previous figure used by aid agencies.   UN refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said that the SARC’s estimate was “very conservative” and warned that … Continue reading

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Residents flee air strikes on Syria border town

By: Jonathon Burch CEYLANPINAR, Turkey – A Syrian warplane struck homes in the town of Ras al-Ain on Tuesday within sight of the Turkish border, pursuing an aerial bombardment to force out rebels and drawing a new warning from Ankara. … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: West welcomes new opposition body

Western nations, Qatar and Turkey have welcomed the creation of a new Syrian coalition that aims to unify opposition against President Bashar al-Assad.   The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was unveiled in Doha on Sunday. Its … Continue reading

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Syrian president vows to ‘live and die’ in Syria, warns against foreign invasion

By: Holly Yan and Hamdi Alkhshali Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insists he will “live and die” in Syria, even as countries offer him safe passage in exchange for halting a gruesome civil war. “I’m not a puppet, and I was … Continue reading

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Turkey to request NATO missile defense on Syria border

Turkey is to make an imminent official request to NATO to station Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official said on Wednesday. NATO-member Turkey has already bolstered its own military presence along the 910-km … Continue reading

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7 Syrian generals defect to Turkey as rebels hash out new plan

By: Saad Abedine In another sign of cracks in the Syrian government’s armor, seven army generals defected to Turkey on Tuesday, Turkish media reported. The generals were allowed to enter Turkey through the southern Hatay province under tight security measures, … Continue reading

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Russian minister: No need for U.N. resolution to end violence in Syria

Russia insisted a political solution was the only answer to end the bloodshed in Syria, where the death toll mounted on Monday. Here are the latest developments in the Syrian civil war: Russia’s top diplomat dismissed a call by the … Continue reading

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