Syria's 'camp Olympics'

Hurling a javelin, leaping over hurdles and sprinting beyond rows of tents to win gold, displaced children in the north-west of war-torn Syria staged their very own Olympics. As the Tokyo Olympics wrapped up earlier this month, 120 boys from 12 camps excitedly gathered for their own version of the

Footage from Syria in 2018 among inaccurate videos circulating about Israel-Gaza conflict

As violence between Israeli and Palestinian groups worsens, misinformation relating to both sides is spreading on social media. Twitter has placed a “media manipulation” warning on a tweet by Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that was shared with his 97,000 followers. The tweet in question

Lives will be lost as Syria aid access cut, aid agencies warn

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A U.N. Security Council resolution that leaves only one of two border crossings open for aid deliveries from Turkey into rebel-held northwestern Syria will cost lives and intensify the suffering of 1.3 million people living there, aid agencies said. Western states had pressed for aid access to

Kurdish-led authorities in Syria in talks over U.S. sanctions exemption

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kurdish-led authorities in northeastern Syria are in talks with their military allies in a U.S.-led coalition over a promised exemption from U.S. sanctions targeting the Syrian government, a senior Kurdish official said. Washington says the sanctions, which took effect last week, mark the start of a sustained

Turkey says it has largely agreed Idlib ceasefire details with Russia

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Russian officials have largely agreed details of a ceasefire deal in Syria’s Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, the third day of discussions between the two countries. Last week Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in Syria’s war, agreed on

'The pleas and the screams': Syrian defector appeals for stronger U.S. measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Syrian defector who smuggled thousands of photographs of torture out of the country, helping prompt new U.S. sanctions, pleaded with U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to enforce tough measures against Syria’s government over atrocities during its civil war. “We have worked and we continue to work in

Turkey's Erdogan accuses Greece of Nazi tactics against migrants at border

ISTANBUL/ATHENS (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Greek security forces on Wednesday of behaving like Nazis for using force against migrants trying to cross the border from Turkey into the European Union. Tens of thousands of migrants have been attempting to get into EU member Greece since Turkey said

Russia's Putin says agreed deal with Turkey's Erdogan that lays ground for Syria ceasefire

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he had agreed a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at talks in Moscow that he hoped would lead to a halt of military action in Syria’s Idlib province. Putin said his talks with Erdogan has lasted more than six

EU finds money to contain immigration, but at odds over Turkey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries offered more money on Wednesday to Greece for border policing and for humanitarian aid to Syria’s Idlib in an effort to avert a mass influx of migrants, but were at odds over what to do about Turkey. EU interior ministers meet in Brussels on