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Fleeing Syria

Video of a dead city: This is what Syria's devastation looks like

It was oddly tranquil up there on the roof of an obliterated commercial center in the Old City of Homs, once ground zero of Syria’s sanguinary conflict. A panorama of ruin spread in all directions, the ghost of a vibrant community, blown apart in body and spirit. Empty streets sliced through rubble...

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  • Airlifts of assistance to begin across Syria

    Airlifts of assistance to begin across Syria

    World leaders meeting in Munich, Germany, forged an agreement on Friday to begin aid drops to besieged areas of Syria and pursue a "cessation of hostilities," even as the country's embattled leader vowed to regain control over all parts of the country. According to a statement released by the U.S....

  • The Syrian cease-fire is unlikely to lure many refugees home

    The Syrian cease-fire is unlikely to lure many refugees home

    The news that a cease-fire agreement had been reached among warring parties in Syria came as a relief to refugees from the conflict who have made their way to Germany. But it isn’t likely to prompt any mass return – certainly not yet. “As long as [President Bashar] Assad is still there, I wouldn’t...

  • World powers announce plans for cease-fire in Syria after nearly five years of civil war

    World powers announce plans for cease-fire in Syria after nearly five years of civil war

    The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed Thursday to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop the carnage and allow delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged civilians. The cease-fire will not apply to groups...

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