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Syrian survivors cling to hope Raslan case will mark end of regime’s impunity

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It was a moment thought nearly impossible after a decade of impunity: a senior Syrian intelligence officer jailed for life for helping direct the horrors of one of modern history’s most brutal wars. But as Anwar Rasla...

German court jails former Syrian intelligence officer for life

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A German court has sentenced a Syrian former intelligence officer in Bashar al-Assad’s security services to life in prison. Anwar Raslan, a former colonel loyal to the regime who later defected and gained asylum in Ge...

Captains of Zaatari review – football-mad Syrian refugee kids yearn for escape

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The opening of Ali El Arabi’s documentary is achingly evocative in its quotidian simplicity. Under the last light of the day, a football is kicked into the air. As the camera follows the spinning ball, the comforting ...

One-year-old Syrian child dies in forest on Poland-Belarus border

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A one-year-old child from Syria has died in a forest in Poland near the border with Belarus, according to Polish medical workers, becoming the youngest known victim of the crisis on the eastern edge of the European Un...

‘It’s constant upheaval’: what it’s like to be a displaced Syrian refugee

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I was a refugee as a child, towed along by family as we escaped war in Sri Lanka. My memory of the whole ordeal is vague. There were stops that lasted weeks and months, as we were left in limbo in Hong Kong, Tokyo and...

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman held on terrorism charges in Turkey

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The Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has been arrested in Turkey on terrorism charges related to alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK). The singer and...

Syrian family sue EU border agency over removal from Greece

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Five years to the day after a family of Syrian refugees were bundled on to a plane and deported to Turkey despite having lodged asylum claims in Greece, they are taking their case to the European court of justice. In ...

Syrian exiles forced to prop up regime with fees for avoiding conscription

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Early this year, Yousef, a 32-year-old Syrian living in Sweden, found himself faced with an impossible choice: either enlist in the army of the government that made him a refugee, or risk his family losing their home ...

Vanuatu strips Syrian businessman of controversial ‘golden passport’ citizenship

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Vanuatu has reportedly revoked the citizenship of a Syrian businessman who was granted approval to receive a Vanuatu passport earlier this year, after a Guardian investigation into the country’s controversial citizens...

Syrian doctor charged in Germany with crimes against humanity

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A Syrian doctor has been charged in Germany with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them, German federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The ...

Denmark faces legal action over attempts to return Syrian refugees

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Denmark’s attempt to return hundreds of Syrians to Damascus after deeming the city safe will “set a dangerous precedent” for other countries to do the same, say lawyers who are preparing to take the Danish government ...

Syrian economy lies in ruins and China sniffs opportunity

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Standing on a podium on Saturday to take an oath of office, Bashar al-Assad declared himself the only man who could rebuild Syria. His first foreign guest, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, seemed to enhance his clai...

EU proposal to fund Turkey border control could lead to Syrian refugees’ forced return

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A proposal for the EU to fund controls at Turkey’s eastern border is “really problematic” and could lead to refugees being forced back into Syria, Iran and Iraq, critics have warned. According to a leaked plan seen by...

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, London: ‘Represents all the good things’ – restaurant review

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Imad’s Syrian, Kitchen, Top floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW (020 7434 2448). Small plates £5.50-£8, large plates £9-£15, desserts £5-£6, wine from £26 a bottle With some restaurants, it’s all about...

Syrian teenager suing Tommy Robinson for libel seeks up to £190,000 damages

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A Syrian teenager who is suing Tommy Robinson for libel is seeking between £150,000 and £190,000 in damages from him. A lawyer for Jamal Hijazi, who was filmed being attacked in a Huddersfield playground and had to fl...

Israel confirms Syrian missile landed near Dimona nuclear reactor

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Israel has acknowledged that its air defences failed to intercept a missile fired from Syria overnight that traversed 125 miles of its highly protected airspace and landed near its secretive Dimona nuclear reactor. Th...

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