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Regime Strikes Kill 47 Civilians in Syria's Ghouta Enclave

Fresh regime strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed 47 civilians on Tuesday despite mounting Western pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The bloodshed came a day after another 31 civilians were killed in Eastern Ghouta and as the United Nations pleaded for a truce in the seven-year-old war to allow for aid deliveries.

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U.N. Pleads for One-Month Syria Aid Truce

The United Nations in Syria appealed on Tuesday for a one-month truce in the conflict to allow aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians in urgent need of assistance.

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Syrians Suffer Breathing Difficulties after Regime Strikes

Five people were treated for "suffocation" Sunday after Syrian regime air strikes on the northwestern town of Saraqeb, a monitor said, adding that 10 civilians were killed in southern Idlib province.

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Syria Opposition Weighs Russian Peace Talks Invite

Syria's main opposition group signalled it would announce Friday whether it will join next week's "peace congress" in Russia, as the UN held separate talks on finding a way out of conflict in the country.

Regime officials and the main opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC) were both in Vienna for two days of talks that began Thursday, with Western powers worrying that Moscow is seeking to undermine the UN-backed talks with its own diplomatic push. 

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Raising the Bar: Local Brews Make a Comeback in Syria

For years, Abu George's bar in Damascus' Old City served imported beers under portraits of famous foreigners Che Guevara and Marilyn Monroe -- but the brews on offer now are Syrian-made.

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Christian to Head Syria Parliament for First Time in Decades

A Christian legislator was Thursday elected speaker of parliament in predominantly Muslim Syria for the first time in decades.

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US-Backed Force Says Hit by Russia, Regime Strikes in East Syria

A US-backed force battling the Islamic State group in eastern Syria said six of its fighters were wounded on Saturday in air strikes by regime and Russian warplanes. 

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Syria Army Tries to Encircle IS in Deir Ezzor

After breaking an Islamic State group blockade, Syria's army is seeking to encircle the remaining jihadist-held parts of Deir Ezzor city, a military source said Wednesday.

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Besieged Syria Town Swaps Meat for Mushrooms

In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

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Besieged Syria Area Gets First Aid in 5 Years

A region besieged by the regime forces east of Syria's capital on Sunday received U.N. aid for the first time in five years, a U.N. source said.

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