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US bars American airlines from flying over Syria

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avo

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$2m school pledge for Syria refugees

Bahrain has pledged to build another school worth $2 million for Syrian refugees in Jordan within the next six months. The Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) signed an agreement with the Jordanian Charity Organisation (JCO) to const

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EU wants to stop Islamic State oil sales from Syria

The European Union is looking into how it could tighten sanctions to stop Islamic State militants from selling oil from fields they have overrun in Syria, a European diplomat said on Wednesday. The issue could come up at an emerge

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Bahrain to build $3.5m complex for Syrian refugees

Bahrain will build a $3.5 million medical centre and residential complex for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The project will be constructed in Al Azraq refugee camp - Jordan's second largest camp - and is expected to be completed

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Jordan shoots unidentified drone near Syria border

Jordan's air force shot down an unidentified drone near the north-eastern border with Syria on Friday, a government spokesman said, the first such event announced by authorities since Syria's crisis began

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Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.  

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First UN aid convoy enters Syria without govt consent

The United Nations sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions of

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Syria crisis cost its oil sector $23.5bn

Syria's oil sector has lost around $23.5 billion due to damage to facilities and pipelines, looting and production delays since the start of the country's crisis in 2011 and output has fallen sharply, Syria's oil minister said.

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Malaysia Airlines 'flies over Syrian airspace'

Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday. Flightradar24 posted a flight map on its Twitter acco

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Assad sworn in again, vows to retake all areas

Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

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