Deported from Turkey, Syrians return to unfamiliar country | AFP

Still reeling from his sudden deportation from Turkey after years of exile with just the clothes on his back, Mohammad Hassan stands at a border crossing in northern Syria unsure what to do next; unable to return to his home city Aleppo under regime control.

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Israeli flags burnt & Trump banners trampled: Syrians protest against Golan Heights recognition

Hundreds gathered in Aleppo’s Saadallah al-Jabri square on Tuesday, to protest against the US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights region in Syria. Protesters were seen burning Israeli flag & stepping on banners depicting US President Donald Trump, waving Syrian flags & chanting. READ MORE:



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Italy’s Matera in cultural limelight after slum ‘shame’

European Capital of Culture status has shone a spotlight on Italy’s oldest city, whose previous claims to fame were as a cinematic “New Jerusalem” but also its “shameful” slums. Matera, around 9,000 years old and one of the world’s longest continuously inhabited cities, after Aleppo and Jericho, on Saturday embarked on a 48-week extravaganza ushering it out of the shadows into the global cultural limelight.

Aftermath of Russian airstrikes on Aleppo’s province

Residents in the rebel-held towns of Daret Izza and Orum al-Kubra, west of the Aleppo province, clear rubble after their homes were hit by Russian airstrikes late Friday, killing two civilians in the town of Daret Izza, according to a monitor. Airstrikes by Syrian regime ally Russia hit the west of Aleppo province late on January 4, the first such raids in the area since a deal between Moscow and rebel backer Ankara to stave off a massive regime offensive on the wider Idlib region in September 2018.