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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Syrian parkour team leap to new heights [Video]

Syrian parkour team leap to new heights

Flipping through the air and jumping over obstacles, this Syrian parkour team hopes to make a name for themselves in their country and abroad.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published
Syrian refugees grow crops from old mattresses [Video]

Syrian refugees grow crops from old mattresses

Syrian refugees, working with experts from University of Sheffield and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR, are using hydroponic farming to grow vertical gardens.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published
Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clash [Video]

Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clash

Tensions high in northern Israel, days after Hezbollah fighter killed in apparent Israeli air strike in Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published
Hezbollah fighters battle Israeli troops on northern frontier [Video]

Hezbollah fighters battle Israeli troops on northern frontier

Tensions high in northern Israel, days after Hezbollah fighter killed in apparent Israeli air strike in Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:54Published
Syrians vote in 'theatrical election' [Video]

Syrians vote in 'theatrical election'

Voting took place across Syria's government-controlled territory on Sunday, including for the first time in former rebel bastions, as the country struggles under sanctions and a collapsing economy...

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Assad casts ballot in Syrian parliament election [Video]

Assad casts ballot in Syrian parliament election

Syria is holding parliamentary elections across government-controlled areas of the country, as President Bashar al-Assad marks 20 years in power amid continuing war and deep economic woes.View on..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published
Syria launches parliamentary elections amid war, economic woes [Video]

Syria launches parliamentary elections amid war, economic woes

Experts say legislative vote lacks legitimacy as candidates either members or allies of Bashar al-Assad's Baath Party.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published
UK court: 'ISIL bride' Begum can return to fight for citizenship [Video]

UK court: 'ISIL bride' Begum can return to fight for citizenship

Shamima Begum who had her UK citizenship revoked after joining ISIL in Syria should be allowed to return, judges say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published
Shamima Begum avoids cameras at Syrian refugee camp [Video]

Shamima Begum avoids cameras at Syrian refugee camp

ITV News exclusively filmed Shamima Begum walking away from cameras at a refugee camp in Syria. The footage comes as The Court of Appeal have ruled Begum can return to the UK for trial. Report by..

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Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to UK to pursue appeal, court rules [Video]

Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to UK to pursue appeal, court rules

Shamima Begum – one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) – should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published
Major concerns over border restrictions on Syria aid [Video]

Major concerns over border restrictions on Syria aid

The UN Security Council agreed on Friday to a compromise that leaves only one border crossing, instead of two, with Turkey open, which could prevent many from receiving vital aid.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published
UN limits aid to Syria's rebel area after Russia opposes dual routes [Video]

UN limits aid to Syria's rebel area after Russia opposes dual routes

UN limits aid to Syria's rebel area after Russia opposes dual routes

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:39Published
Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open [Video]

Syria aid deal: UNSC manages to keep only one crossing open

In a setback for millions of displaced Syrians, several attempts to keep a second border crossing open failed to pass at the Security Council.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:15Published
Syria's healthcare system in shambles due to war [Video]

Syria's healthcare system in shambles due to war

Years of war have devastated the health system, with aid agencies saying nearly 50 percent of the facilities are out of service.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published
UNSC: Russia, China veto cross-border aid extension to Syria [Video]

UNSC: Russia, China veto cross-border aid extension to Syria

The UNSC resolution would have extended cross-border humanitarian aid to three million Syrians for a year.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published
Greece faces fresh calls to probe migrant deaths at its Turkish border [Video]

Greece faces fresh calls to probe migrant deaths at its Turkish border

It comes after a report from research group Forensic Architecture which described as "highly probable" that the Syrian man was shot by Greek soldiers.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:51Published
U.N labels Syrian, Russian airstrikes war crimes [Video]

U.N labels Syrian, Russian airstrikes war crimes

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday (July 7) in a report..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published
Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy [Video]

Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy

Musicians honour Syrian world heritage site with performance in Italy

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Syria's war: Families of detainees wait for closure [Video]

Syria's war: Families of detainees wait for closure

Thousands of people are still detained or have been forcibly disappeared by the government since 2011.

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Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown [Video]

Syrian dancers return to studio after lockdown

Music and the sound of heels clacking on the hardwood floors of a Syrian dance studio could be heard for the first time in two months, as the government began loosening restrictions aimed at curbing..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published
Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria [Video]

Turkish lira becomes the currency of choice in northern Syria

Syrians take on the Turkish lira as the value of their pound plummets.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:48Published
Syria's war: Activists call for release of political prisoners [Video]

Syria's war: Activists call for release of political prisoners

UN investigators say tens of thousands of people have disappeared and they may be dead.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published
US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday [Video]

US sanctions on Syria: Caesar Act to take effect on Wednesday

New US sanctions against Syria aim to prevent international engagement with Bashar al-Assad's government.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

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