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Syrias war: The conflict explained

What started with young men vandalizing the walls of a school with the words “It’s your turn, Doctor Bashar al-Assad” in February 2011 has evolved into six years of bloodshed, violence and destruction. Syria, the Arab Spring’s greatest failure, is fast approaching another anniversary. Newsweek details Syria’s descent into war, one that has transformed a people, a country, and a region, potentially forever. Mar 13, 2017
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Boris Johnson: Russia is up to all sorts of no good

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been invited to Russia to speak with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in an attempt to resolve significant differences over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. Speaking in Brussels on 6 March Johnson said he will confront Russia on a number of topics inlcuding the Ukraine and Russian cyber warfare. If the trip goes ahead Johnson it will be the first official visit to Russia by a UK minister since 2011. Mar 6, 2017
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Syrian White Helmets miraculously rescue young girl from Damascus rubble

Dramatic footage from the Syrian Civil Defence, aka the White Helmets, has been released, showing their volunteers finding an young child buried alive underneath the rubble of a building in Damascus. The girl was discovered on 19 February in the Tishreen area of the city, a rebel-held neighbourhood. Feb 21, 2017
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Filmmakers behind The White Helmets documentary lament Donald Trump immigration ban

The filmmakers behind a documentary about the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, have criticised the US immigration ban implemented by President Donald Trump. The film, which documents the efforts of Syrian volunteers who act as rescue workers in the war-torn country, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Oscars. However, a number of people involved in the film, including White Helmets founder Raed Saleh, may not be able to attend the ceremony due to the visa ban on people coming in from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. Feb 8, 2017
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Who has Donald Trump banned from entering the US?

New US President Donald Trump has banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, on what his administration say is a temporary basis. The executive order has been labelled a Muslim ban by some critics, one Trump’s team have been quick to deny. The order sparked worldwide condemnation, after it was signed on 27 January, with thousands of activists protesting at a number of airports across the US. Jan 30, 2017
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Boris Johnson says Britain needs to think afresh on Syria

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday (January 26) a change of strategy over Syria would present risks and downsides but a fresh approach was needed. The former Mayor of London indicated the UK has changed its approach to Assad. Jan 27, 2017