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ICARDA made the first withdrawal from the Norwegian “Doomsday” Global Seed Vault to reconstruct the collection lost in Aleppo. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Terbol's new facility is being prepared to house and restore Aleppo's seed legacy, which was threatened by conflict in Syria.

October 24, 2016

Nusra Front fighters south of Aleppo (AFP /Georges Ourfalian)
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The New Arab reports that Sheikh Abdullah al-Muhaysini made the claim on Twitter.
Shells of buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
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George Sabra, vice president of Syrian opposition negotiating delegation in Geneva and member of SHNC, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Europe announced an initiative two days ago to ceasefire and send humanitarian aids.
Is there anything she can't do? (Instagram)
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Is there anything she can't do?
Entitled “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”, the show looks at emergency housing in contemporary crisis zones. (UNHCR)
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For the first time, a major museum has explored the plight of the world’s homeless with an exhibition on refugee shelters.

October 23, 2016

The Damascus borough of Bab Tuma (meaning "Thomas’ Gate") contains one of the seven gates within the old walled city. Named for one of Christ's 12 apostles, it's an important landmark of early Christianity, now the Northern Levant seat of the Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.
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Syrian-born designer uses Instagram to showcase settings in still-beautiful Syria, where hotels and cafes are open for business, people live, and nature thrives. Share this story to show the world how amazing Syria - still - is.
7-year-old Bana Alabed tweets from East Aleppo, documenting everyday life in the besieged region. (Twitter)
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“Good afternoon world, I am lucky to be alive after it rain bombs all the night. - Bana #Aleppo.”
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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The Russian military announced an 11-hour ceasefire for Thursday to allow civilians, rebel fighters and injured persons to leave the area, promising them safe passage.

October 22, 2016

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (AFP/File)
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Foreign Policy reports that a staffer for Congressman Doug Lamborn asked about popping the Syrian president during a meeting.
A verdict is not expected before April 2017. (AFP/File)
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The suspect allegedly participated in the abduction on February 17, 2013 and was "involved in guarding the kidnapped victim (a Canadian lawyer) between March and June 2013".
Syrian refugees walk on their way back to the Syrian city of Jarabulus on September 7, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Many displaced Syrians are heading to the newly-freed, half-shattered town of Jarablus, which has become a symbol of Turkey's intervention in the Syrian war. But it is far from clear what awaits them there, and whether the nascent buffer zone is sustainable.

October 21, 2016

A bombed out neighborhood in east Aleppo (AFP/File)
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Images surface of escape routes given to east Aleppans from the regime.
Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016 as clashes erupted in an area designated as a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the embattles city, an AFP journalist said, despite an announced pause in the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Russia has told the UN it will stop bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day over the next four days.
Syrian boys stand next to an Arab Red Crescent lorry carrying humanitarian aid in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Continued shelling from both sides casts doubt on the 'humanitarian pause' in fighting that was supposed to take place.

October 20, 2016

The YPG is part of the US-backed SDF group  (AFP/File)
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Turkey bombs YPG in Syria, revealing complexities of international relations
Passport fraud is more commonplace than one might expect. (
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Passport fraud could sweeping the globe faster than Syrian refugees are fleeing; in fact, the practice is not limited to the Syrian refugee community but is also the preserve shady business oligarchs.
Five-year-old wounded Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo. (Twitter)
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"None of these incidents were true. You can have it manipulated and it is manipulated," Assad said. "This is a false picture, not a real one."
Turkish tanks are seen during a military operation in Jarabulus in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
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Turkey launched an unprecedented military operation in northern Syria on August 24, sending tanks and striking extremist targets along with Kurdish groups seen by the West as an effective force in combatting Daesh.
The Lebanese army is seen on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
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The shipment was in support of Lebanon's continued fight against Daesh and other militant groups operating in the country and on its border with Syria.
Syrian rebel fighters and their families arrive on the outskirts of Idlib, bordering the Hama province, following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, rebel-held neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Few civilians appear to be leaving Aleppo, too, whether because they are unable to find a safe way out or because they prefer to stay in their homes.
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent lorries are seen in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Both Russia and Syria said they had halted airstrikes around Aleppo ahead of Thursday's eight-hour truce.

October 19, 2016

Much of Aleppo has been destroyed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes (AFP/File)
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Russia accused Belgium of a bombing in Hassajik, outside of Aleppo, and is demanding an apology. But Belgium denies carrying out the attack.
Lindsay with one of the refugee aid workers in Istanbul. (Instagram)
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Lindsay Lohan has decided to send help to Syrian refugees in Turkey by shipping them German energy drink Mintanine.
Assad, a former investment banker, was born and raised in London. She was married to Bashar six months after he assumed the presidency in July 2000, following the death of his father Hafez. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
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It is not the first time that attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis by inducing Bashar al-Assad or his family to seek refuge elsewhere have been revealed.
Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
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Russia's defense minister said the pause in the bombing was to allow fighters and civilians to leave the city.

October 18, 2016

Mahamed speaks at an event in Australia (Youtube Screengrab/NahdaProd)
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Mostafa Mahamed was the militant group’s public face in a time of change.
Lebanese troops are seen on patrol near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army and Hezbollah have been routing out militants from Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham that are entrenched along the border with Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP/Oli Scarff)
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The "humanitarian pause" is intended to allow safe passage for civilians and the withdrawal of "militants" from rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
A Syrian man and his son pray over the grave of a relative at a cemetery. (AFP/File)
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The family of Khalil al-Wazir said in a statement that the tombs of al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, and Saad Sayil, known as Abu al-Walid were leveled on Sunday.

October 17, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Britain has talked of sanctions on the state over bombing in Aleppo.
Syrian government forces gather amidst destruction in the largely deserted Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat, north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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Scores of people were injured in the attack and civil defense teams were struggling to dig up victims stuck under the debris of collapsed buildings.
A Turkish tank heads towards the Syria border as Turkey launched operation "Euphrates Shield" aimed at ridding the area of Daesh extremists. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Analysts say Turkey can be considered the real source of destabilisation in Syria; therefore, a change in its policy affects any equilibrium there.
US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
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The flurry of diplomacy comes weeks after a ceasefire deal in Syria collapsed and Washington suspended cooperation with Moscow over its continued bombing of Aleppo.

October 16, 2016

Syrian refugees look for water at the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
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The attack targeted the Jaish al-Ashair rebel group at the Rakban camp.
Rebels on the outskirts of Dabiq (AFP/File)
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Daesh prophecy says the town will be site of historic last battle.
Fighters from the Free Syrian Army cheer and react as they fight against the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of Dabiq, on October 15, 2016. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)
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The town of Dabiq, also the name of Daesh's magazine, holds great symbolic value to the extremist group.
Officials from the US, Russia, Syria, Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Jordan and the UN gather to speak during a meeting to revive a ceasefire in Syria, in Lausanne, on October 15, 2016. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Bott)
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Abdal Ahad Stefo, deputy head of the Istanbul-based National Coalition, told AFP the negotiations "will only lead to wasting more time... and the shedding of more Syrian blood".

October 15, 2016

United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura (C-L) sits facing Syria’s main opposition group during Syrian peace talks at the U.N. Offices in Geneva on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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This time Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and Iranian ministers will join the US Secretary of State and his Russian counterpart to include the most powerful backers of Syria's government and rebels.
This undated Handout pictures released on October 8, 2016 by the criminal office of Saxony shows a person believed to be the 22-year-old Syrian named Jaber Al-Bakr suspected of being involved in the found of explosive traces during the search of an apartment in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. (AFP/File)
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The death of Jaber al-Bakr, who committed suicide after being arrested in connection to a planned attack in Germany, was described as 'an absolute scandal' by a political scientist.

October 14, 2016

Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, carry the body of a victim following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
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Russian warplanes struck the Bustan al-Qasr and al-Sakhour neighborhoods with vacuum bombs, according to civil defense officials.

October 13, 2016

A child is rescued from the remains of an air strike in Aleppo  (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
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A statement sought to clarify solidarity with Syrians against Assad’s regime.
At least four children were killed when shells fired by militants hit a school in the government-held area of Aleppo.  (AFP/File)
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Rebel militants also fired rockets into other areas neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing five people and injuring 13 others.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be attending meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss a settlement of the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
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The Lausanne meeting will be attended by foreign ministers from the US, Russia, and other countries currently involved in the conflict in Syria.
Airstrikes on Libya ousted Muammar Gaddhafi from power, but turned the country into a chaotic breeding ground for Daesh and other extremist groups. (AFP/File)
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The session called out US involvement in Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov speaks to the press. (AFP/File)
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Sergei Lavrov’s recent CNN appearance has made waves on social media recently, but not for reasons that you might expect.
This undated Handout pictures released on October 8, 2016 by the criminal office of Saxony shows a person believed to be the 22-year-old Syrian named Jaber Al-Bakr suspected of being involved in the found of explosive traces during the search of an apartment in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. (AFP/File)
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Jaber al-Bakr was found hanged in his cell after being arrested on Monday.
Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
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Aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres says there are now just 11 working ambulances left in the besieged city.

October 12, 2016

A man is seen in the al-Amirya neighborhood of the city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian government’s recent tourism videos of beautiful scenery and nightlife look ludicrous to Westerners who know the brutal truth about Aleppo – but the West isn’t the intended audience for this publicity blitz.
Screenshot taken from Youtube of Khan al-Shih being hit by barrel bombs. (YouTube)
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The Jafra services team provides relief and assistance to 12,000 Palestinian refugees and around 800 internally displaced Syrian families seeking shelter inside the camp.
Syrian rebel fighters ride in the back of a pick-up truck flying an Islamist flag in the northern Syrian village of Rael after clashes with Daesh north of Aleppo on October 9, 2016. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)
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Airstrikes were somewhat reduced last week as the Syrian army said it was allowing civilians to leave rebel-held areas.

October 11, 2016

Qatar's Hasan al-Haydos (R) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between Qatar and Syria at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on October 11, 2016.
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Qatar's Hasan al-Haydos (R) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between Qatar and Syria at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on October 11, 2016. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the 23rd World Energy Congress on October 10, 2016 in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Moscow called off the meeting after France said Russia's bombardment of Aleppo should be investigated for war crimes.
US special forces near Raqqa, Syria (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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New video appears to show a rebel soldier shouting slurs at US troops driving away in north Syria.