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Syria rebels moved into the center of the historic Christian town of Maalula on Monday after sending explosive-filled tires hurtling down on security forces deployed there, a security source said.
The rebels, including jihadists from the Al-Nusra Front, sent tires packed with explosives rolling down from positions in the cliffs above the town, the source said.Full Story
Syria's Democratic Union Party, the country's most powerful Kurdish group, hopes to create an autonomous Kurdish region in a federal Syria, its chief Salih Muslim told Agence France Presse in an interview.
Speaking during a visit to France, he confirmed that a commission is in the process of preparing a constitution for the northeastern and northwestern regions of Syria that are majority Kurdish.Full Story
At this sprawling desert camp in Jordan, home to thousands of children who fled Syria's civil war, a few found a moment to smile Sunday watching a troop of clowns.
Five European comedians working for Mabsutins, a private circus and clown group in Spain affiliated with the U.S.-based group Clowns Without Borders, performed for some 60 children. More than 100,000 people live at the wind-swept camp, only 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the Syrian border, and for the children lucky enough to see the performance, it helped them forget about the challenges they face.Full Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Pope Francis on Monday as part of a visit to Rome during which he restated his firm opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran.
The two leaders addressed "the complex political and social situation in the Middle East, with particular reference to the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians", the Vatican said in a statement.Full Story
A mortar shell fired from war-torn Syria struck the outskirts of a town in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, witnesses told Agence France Presse.
The shell landed on the western edge of Majdal Shams, some 50 meters (yards) from a house, but caused no injuries or damage, they said.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has proposed a plan to salvage the northern city of Tripoli that has been engulfed in deadly sectarian clashes linked to the war raging in neighboring Syria, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Monday.
The daily said that Berri made his proposal to Caretaker Premier Najib Miqati before his latest visit to Tehran.Full Story
At least 24 people, including four children, were killed Sunday in a second day of deadly air strikes on al-Bab in northern Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as the deputy foreign minister stressed that no solution will be implemented in the country without President Bashar Assad's approval.
The Britain-based monitoring group said the 24 people were killed when regime helicopters dropped explosives-laden barrels on a market area of al-Bab, a day after similar attacks killed at least 26 others in the same town.Full Story
A mortar shell hit the French school in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday without causing any injuries to children in class at the time, officials said.
"A mortar shell landed on the chimney of a classroom around 9:00 am (0700 GMT). No one was hurt but the windows shattered and the walls cracked," school receptionist Bashir Oneiz told AFP.Full Story
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Gulf Arab states Sunday his country's nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia.
"The solution to this issue serves the interests of all countries in the region. It is not at the expense of any state in the region," Zarif said after meeting Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah.Full Story
At least 20 people, including seven women and a child, were killed in an aerial bombardment on Saturday of Al-Bab in Syria's Aleppo province, an NGO said.
Regime helicopters dropped explosive-laden barrels on the town in the northern province causing widespread damage, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Full Story