Hezbollah and Syrian army to launch attack on border area

Hezbollah and Syrian army to launch attack on border area

Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have launched an offensive to clear fighters from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese boarder, according to reports. The operation is targeting fighters in the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal, roughly 120km northeast of Beirut, and in the area surrounding the western...

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Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

The Trump administration has decided to stop CIA support of Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The CIA covert programme was set up in 2013 in order to help rebels overthrow Assad but it has had little success. The six-year civil war is ongoing. For many this is a...

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Russia begins to withdraw troops from Syria

Russia begins to withdraw troops from Syria

Russia has begun the process of withdrawing its forces from Syria, with its aircraft carrier group as among the first units to leave the conflict zone. The announcement comes days after Russia and Turkey negotiated a ceasefire in Syria which is largely holding, according to the UN. Russia has carried...

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Boris Johnson condemns Syrian aid convoy attack

Boris Johnson condemns Syrian aid convoy attack

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has condemned the attack on an aid convoy in Syria during this week’s ceasefire. The Syrian Red Crescent convoy was targeted near the rebel-held town of Urum Al-Kubra. It was reported that 18 of the 31 vehicles in the convoy were hit. The trucks were carrying...

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UEFA to host refugee football tournament

UEFA to host refugee football tournament

As many as 120 refugees and asylum seekers in Switzerland will compete in a football tournament set to begin on the 14th of September. 16 teams of 10 players each, mostly from Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and, West Africa, will take part. “Sport, and in...

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“Books feed the soul”: Syria’s secret library

“Books feed the soul”: Syria’s secret library

Hidden beneath the rubble of the Damascus suburb of Darayya, an area besieged by conflict, lies a secret that very few Syrians know about. Darayya is a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, lying 8 kilometres to the south of the centre. Razed to the ground over the course...

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EU agrees €3 billion deal with Turkey to halt “irregular migration”

EU agrees €3 billion deal with Turkey to halt “irregular migration”

After meeting with the Turkish government, European Council President Donald Tusk has agreed a deal which aims to stop “the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe”.   In a statement, Tusk explained that the Turkey-EU deal ensures the mutual “commitment” to the “joint action plan activated on 29th...

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London and Edinburgh come together for New Year’s Eve in support of Unicef’s Resolution for Children

For the first time, the Mayor of London’s fireworks display will be joining forces with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in support of Unicef’s New Year’s Resolution for Children.   In an unprecedented partnership, Unicef will bring together thousands of revellers at two of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebrations for...

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London welcomes thirty-two new citizens

On the 7th of September thirty-two newly naturalised British citizens, representing each of London’s borough, were welcomed by the Mayor Boris Johnson and Chair of the London Assembly Jennette Arnold at City Hall in a special Citizenship Ceremony. The new citizens made an oath of allegiance to the Queen and...

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