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Damascus world’s least liveable city, Melbourne best: study

Damascus has the worst living conditions among all the cities in the world, said The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest liveability survey, which ranked Melbourne as the most liveable city for the fourth year in a row. The

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Mortar strike on Damascus school kills 14

Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said. The attack in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of Shaghour ca

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Syrian exporters try to revive businesses

Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home. While production in Syria is running at a small fraction of p

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Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor is hit

Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium. The Foreign Ministry called on the UN nuclear agency to urg

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Strike on Syria could trigger reprisals, cyber war

It's a truism often repeated in the Pentagon and across the U.S. security establishment: In war, the enemy gets a vote. A US-led cruise missile attack on Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons, which seems in

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Melbourne 'most liveable city, Damascus least'

Melbourne, Australia was named the world's most liveable city for the third year in a row, according to a survey of 140 cities released this month by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that also ranked the Syrian capital Damascus last.

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Gunmen shoot at UN vehicle in Damascus

Unidentified snipers shot at and damaged a vehicle being used by U.N. chemical weapons investigators in Damascus on Monday as they sought to reach the site of a suspected poison gas attack, a U.N. spokesman said. "The first v

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Syrian rebels say mount attack on Assad motorcade

Syrian rebels said on Thursday they targeted President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade as he was heading to attend prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, but footage broadcast by state television showed him unhar

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Chance of foreign intrusion in Syria growing: Russia

Russia said on Monday it was concerned the chances of foreign military intervention in Syria were growing following reports of Israeli air strikes around Damascus which were a source of "particular alarm". "We are s

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Israel strikes Syria again, rocking Damascus

Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, a Western intelligence source said, in an attack that shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky. Israel

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