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In the new Middle East, a dangerous vacuum has emerged

| The Daily Star Joschka Fischer The “new” Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the…

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warn

Agence France Presse BEIRUT: More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said…

Syrian-born former imam shot dead in London

Syrian-born former imam shot dead in London Murder investigation launched after Abdul Hadi Arwani, a fierce critic of Bashar al-Assad, found dead in Wembley Abdul Hadi Arwani was found dead…

Starting over in Switzerland

B PERMIT Starting over in Switzerland By Catherine McLean    swissinfo.ch FEB 4, 2015 – 11:00 Jwan Othman and Media Joulak attend German classes each day, taking turns watching the…

Picture of the Day: Train in Homs, Syria 1900 – 1920

Syrian child photographed ‘surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun’

Source: TOI This photo of a Syrian child so scarred by war that she stared into a camera lens believing it was the barrel of a gun and raised her…

Jordan closes border crossing with Syria

AMMAN — Jordan on Wednesday closed its border with Syria for security reasons, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. The agency quoted Interior Minister Hussein Majali as saying that…

ISLAMIC STATE : Swiss want International Criminal Court intervention

MAR 28, 2015 – 14:10 Iraqi security forces prepare to confront Islamic State in Tikrit (Keystone) Switzerland has appealed to the UN Security Council on Friday to prosecute war crimes…

Switzerland: Court clears way for collective asylum for Syrians

BROADER PROTECTION? Court clears way for collective asylum for Syrians MAR 19, 2015 – 15:14 The Swiss cabinet has the power to grant Syrian refugees temporary protection collectively instead of…

Jordan seeks to handle refugee aid through ‘trust fund’

 by Khetam Malkawi, Jordan Times, 16.3.2015 r Syrian refugees, who have been living in Jordan for two-and-a-half years since fleeing the violence in their Syrian hometown of Idlib, sit in…

Turkish video alleges spy aided UK girls en route to Syria

  MAR 13, 2015 – 17:54 By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish broadcaster on Friday released what it said was footage of an alleged spy working for a…

Syria’s woes reflect wider Arab troubles

Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star Syria has always been much more than its geography, whether in the past or in modern times. Half a century ago Syria was called…

Syria revolution four years on: Don’t bet against President Assad – a ruler willing to see his country destroyed so long as he can cling to power

The West’s latest ‘Arab Hitler’ continues to rule despite the widespread predictions of his downfall. Just what is the man’s secret, asks Robert Fisk ROBERT FISK Thursday 12 March 2015…

ILLEGAL SERVICE : Swiss citizen arrested for fighting Islamic State

By swissinfo.ch and agencies MAR 11, 2015 – 16:21 Cosar’s militia allied with Kurdish fighters who eventually liberated the northern Syrian city of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab (Keystone)…

Young Syrian refugees give up hopes of education in Jordan, Children living as refugees are forced into work to feed their families, as their parents are not allowed to earn

Ahmed Jabra wakes at seven each morning, eats his breakfast and then decides what to do with his day. If things aren’t unusually desperate – if there’s enough money to…

Isis ‘bulldozes’ Nimrud: UNESCO condemns destruction of ancient Assyrian site as a ‘war crime’

Iraq’s antiquities ministry said the extremists continue to ‘defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity’ HEATHER SAUL , HENRY AUSTIN Isis militants intensified their efforts to…

Switzerland to welcome 3,000 Syrian refugees

REFUGEE CRISIS Switzerland to welcome 3,000 Syrian refugees By swissinfo.ch MAR 6, 2015 – 16:18 Over 3.8 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries since the conflict began (Keystone) The…

U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group

MAR 5, 2015 – 09:11 By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but…

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