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Russia begins airstrikes, West disputes targets

...Baldor, Robert Burns and Sagar Meghani in Washington, Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Sarah el Deeb in Beirut, Albert Aji in Damascus, Angela Charlton in Paris, Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Zeina Karam at the United Nations contributed to this report.
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Obama says fight against Islamic State will take time

...Monday that Russia could launch airstrikes against the militants in Syria, if sanctioned by the United Nations or requested by Damascus.Obama and Putin are at odds over Russian involvement because Washington has said Assad must be removed from power. Obama...
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Syrian refugees' misery fuels desperation to reach Europe

...books, photos of her deceased husband and some sand from Damascus as a memento, she's taking a pile of documents detailing...stooped to help a child wounded in a street battle in the capital Damascus. The scene was filmed then broadcast on an Arab TV station...
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Man facing $8.7M embezzlement case hid on Appalachian Trail

...was in his room, she recalled, on May 16 during the annual Trail Days festival that brings thousands of people into tiny Damascus, Virginia, when she responded to a knock on the door. She recounted finding three agents, one holding up a picture of Bismarck...
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Hungary declares emergency, seals border

...a chilly night."I had hope until now, but it's all gone," lamented Mohammad Mahayni, a 32-year-old Syrian from Damascus, who became separated from his wife as they tried to enter Hungary a day earlier."I lifted the razor wire for her, she...
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Long, winding road to Europe turns messy

...countries must register refugees."In the Syrian capital of Damascus, the government of President Bashar al-Assad made a rare...Denmark, Jamey Keaten in Geneva, Switzerland, and Albert Aji in Damascus contributed to this report.
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Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains for second day

...28-year-old Ahmed Shamoun, who deserted Syria's army three months ago, leaving nine brothers and eight sisters behind in Damascus. "I could pay a taxi 500 euros ($550) to take me to Austria, but the police might stop me. I could wait here forever...
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Russia said to get Iran's clearance for Syria-bound flights

...the war," the politician added. "Russia from the beginning told several officials, including Lebanese, that defending Damascus is like defending Moscow. It will do what is needed."Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general familiar with the Syrian...
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Migrant crisis: Everyone wants to be Syrian

...people who will get the asylum."Saleh left everyone he loves back in Syria - his wife, a baby boy and a shattered home in a Damascus suburb.But, unlike many other migrants surging into Europe, he feels fortunate: he has a Syrian passport that he keeps...
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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Fears mounted over the...strategic crossroads linking the capital Damascus and cities to the east and the west...the Antiquities and Museum Department in Damascus. "The city is now totally controlled...
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