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Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East.

When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's ...

- The Japan Times - JP

UN and partners launch plan to support five million Syrian refugees.

UN and partners launch plan to support five million Syrian refugees...

- MENAFN - JO

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East.

MOSCOW — When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine.He achieved...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Exact origin of hummus is still highly contested, but Lebanon still holding world record.

By Diana Spechler At Akramawi, a 65-year-old hummus joint by Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, a cook named Nader Tarawe was showing me how to prepare hummus. The recipe for hummus b'tahini , consists of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. Since it's relatively simple to make, the variations

- Ya Libnan - US

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East.

When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine.

- FOX News - US

Arab Migrants Arrested over Swedish Synagogue Firebombing.

Police in Sweden arrested two Syrian men and one Palestinian man in connection with the recent firebombing of a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

- TruthRevolt.org - US

Multibillion-dollar Appeal Launched for More Than 5 Million Syrian Refugees.

U.N. and private aid agencies are appealing for $4.4 billion to support more than five million destitute Syrian refugees and the impoverished communities hosting them in five neighboring countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports that, after more than six years of war in Syria, more than half a million people have been ...

- Voice of America - US

Putin Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria; but, Could It Prove Premature?.

Vladimir Putin confirmed last week he would seek a fifth term as Russia’s president next March — and this week, he kicked off his re-election campaign, not in his home country, but overseas in the Middle East. With stops in Egypt, Turkey and Syria, where he declared Monday that Russia’s military had ...

- Voice of America - US

Migrants Stranded on Greek Island: 'This Is Not A Life'.

Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets. Nearby, three Syrian men share a flimsy tent designed for two. Like the expectant couple, they arrived ...

- Voice of America - US

Vladimir Putin Says Russian Troops Will Partially Withdraw From Syria.

Russian airstrikes tipped Syria's civil war in Assad's favor

- Yahoo! News - US

Russian Official Says Most Of Recent Telephone Bomb Threats Came From Syria.

A top Russian official said on December 12 that most of the phone calls conveying fake bomb threats that prompted evacuations recently in dozens of Russian cities came from Syria.

- Radio Free Europe - US

French Minister Says Iran Seeking To Expand Military Influence In Middle East

France's foreign minister has accused Iran of trying to create an "axis" of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Northern Lebanon struggles to contain backlash against Syrians

The murder of a young Lebanese woman by her family's Syrian employee has set off reactions of violence and intimidation that have kept Syrian children out of school.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Russia to keep air, naval bases in Syria

Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pullout announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Row over Syrian refugee return threatens Danish government

Demands from the nationalist Danish People's Party that Syrian refugees be sent home as soon as possible are threatening to bring down the country's center-right minority government.

- The Daily Star - LB

Russian private contractors fighting, dying in Syria

Before he was killed by a sniper in Syria at age 23, Ivan Slyshkin wrote a poignant message on social media to his fiancee: We will see each other soon – and I will hold you as tight as I possibly can.

- The Daily Star - LB

Russian, Syrian jets hit Aleppo, Damascus countryside

Casualties reported from southern Aleppo and Damascus countryside amid fighting on the ground in Idlib.

- Al Jazeera - QA

U.S. wary of Putin's declaration of military victory in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature.

- Reuters - US

Putin move will have little impact in Syria

Having recently announced that he will run for re-election in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to send a message both at home and abroad that Russia is pulling back its military in Syria, and hopes to lean on his allies diplomatically in order to move toward some form of solution.

- The Daily Star - LB

The uncertain fate of Syria's opposition media activists

Media activists opposed to the Syrian government have documented much of the worst of the war in Syria.

- The Daily Star - LB

Growing food using mattresses: Ingenious solutions to everyday hardships in a Syrian refugee camp

Anthony Ryan took a group of scientists and engineers to Jordan's Za'atari Camp where they worked with Syrian refugees to help build novel solutions to the challenges on site.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Russian, Syrian jets hit Aleppo, Damascus countryside

Casualties reported from southern countryside of Aleppo and Damascus countryside amid fighting on the ground in Idlib.

- Al Jazeera - QA

UN Launches $4.4B Regional Appeal for 5M Syrian Refugees

UN And Partners Launch $4.4 Billion Regional Appeal for More than Five Million Syrian Refugees

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Russia begins its partial withdrawal from Syria

Russia begins its partial withdrawal from Syria Video provided by AFP         

- USA TODAY - US

UN and partners seek US$4.4 billion to aid Syria refugees

Funding appeal launched to support over 5 million Syrians exiled by seven years of brutal conflict as well as the vulnerable communities hosting them

- UN - INT

Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup

Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.The FSB's warning came after the...

- Expatica - NL

Russia begins its partial withdrawal from Syria

The first group of Russian troops deployed to Syria returned home on Tuesday, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin."The battalion of military police from...

- Expatica - NL

UN and partners launch plan to support over five million Syrian refugees and their host countries

Source: UN Development Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The plan aims to bring together the vital efforts of some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Refugee helpers in Germany sued for helping refugees

German refugee helpers who guaranteed the living costs of Syrian refugees are being forced to pay back costs by job centers. Refugee organizations say people are being punished for showing humanity.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Associated Press: Most fake bomb calls that beset Russia coming from Syria

A top Russian official says most of the fake bomb calls that have plagued cities across Russia have come from Syria. Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said December 12 in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that most of the anonymous calls came from areas controlled by “terrorists” in Syria. The post ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Russia not withdrawing forces from Syria: Pentagon

The United States said Tuesday it has not observed any meaningful withdrawal of Russian combat forces from Syria, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday of a significant pullout. "There have been no meaningful reductions in combat troops following Russia's previous announcements planned departures ...

- The Daily Star - LB

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Two-third of troops could be pulled back.

- The Hindu - IN

Most fake bomb calls that beset Russia coming from Syria

A top Russian official says most of the fake bomb calls that have plagued cities across Russia have come from Syria.

- FOX News - US

Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

The Kremlin and the Defense Ministry have stonewalled questions about Russians fighting in Syria in a private capacity. Private contractors have been used by countries like the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan for years; Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Lebanon crisis overshadows EU aid for Syrian refugees

Lebanon hosts over one million Syrian refugees, and has received some €1bn in EU funds. Caught in a geo-political tug of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Lebanon's domestic politics have cast a longer shadow over its Syrian 'guests'.

- EU Observer - EU

FM: Russian president's visit to Syria not directed against Turkey

- Today.Az - AZ

French FM says Iran trying to carve out regional 'axis'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of trying to carve out an "axis" of influence stretching through Syria to the Mediterranean Sea.

- The Daily Star - LB

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

The first Russian troops returned home Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

- The Daily Star - LB

UN warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said Tuesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syrian army deserters on why they had to escape the civil war

Seif and Ghadir both deserted the "slavery" of the Syrian Army and fled the country.

- BBC - UK

Iraq wants to participate in Astana process

Baghdad intends to become part of the Astana process aimed at resolving situation in Syria.

- AzerNews - AZ

FM: Russian president's visit to Syria not directed against Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Syria does not hinder bilateral Turkey-Russia relations, the Turkish media cited the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on December 12.

- AzerNews - AZ

Russia starts partial Syria withdrawal

THE first group of Russian troops deployed to Syria returned home yesterday, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Syria forces not yet victorious but IS already defeated

BEIRUT, Dec 12 — Syria is expected to soon follow in Iraq's footsteps in proclaiming victory against the Islamic State group, whose fighters are either on the run or trapped and largely toothless. On Saturday, the Baghdad government declared...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Returning ISIS fighters are a 'real threat' to Russia, according to security-service chief

Reuters Pictures MOSCOW - Former militants from "bandit units" in Syria are now a real threat after the defeat of Islamic State, as many of them may be now planning to return to Russia, the RIA news agency cited the head of Russia's FSB security service as saying on Tuesday. The FSB head, Alexander Bortnikov, also told a ...

- Business Insider - US

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

MOSCOW - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA - Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

Putin says he'll pull Russian troops from Syria. Here's the catch.

While meeting with President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced that a major portion of Russian military presence in the country would start withdrawing, Reuters reported on Monday. “A significant part of the Russian military contingent in the Syrian Arab Republic is ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Syrian Opposition Says Government Obstructing Geneva Talks

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward.   Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told ...

- Voice of America - US

UN and partners launch $4.4 billion regional appeal for more than five million Syrian refugees

A more than $4 billion appeal has been launched to support what one senior United Nations official called on Tuesday “a lost generation” of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict.

- UN - INT

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