US slaps sanctions on Iran shipping network over Syria oil | AFP

The United States imposes sanctions on a shipping network it says is run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, saying it sold millions of barrels of oil to benefit Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. SOUNDBITE

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‘Out with Putin’: Assad protesters clash with police on 8th anniversary of Syrian uprising

Protesters clashed with police in Berlin, after a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned chaotic.

Police detained several protesters who broke through a police cordon that was guarding counter-demonstrators near the Russian embassy.

Around 250 people joined the march in the German capital, marking the 8th anniversary of the Syrian uprising under the pouring rain, waving banners and shouting slogans like ‘Assad must go,’ and ‘Out with Putin,’ among others.

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US helps Syria terrorists, it doesn’t fight them – Assad aide

Afshin Rattansi speaks to Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, the Political and Media Advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on America’s withdrawal from Syria, Israeli strikes on Syria, the West’s lack of understanding of the Middle East and the Islamist threat and ISIS bride Shamima Begum.

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Christmas joy missing in rubble of Syria town

With Christmas approaching, Nabil al-Aash dusts off religious books as he attempts to tidy up the war-scarred Saint George Church in the town of Arbin, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. Retaken in the spring by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad during a brutal offensive to capture the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, Arbin is anything but festive.

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. More than 6,550 voting centres opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) across government-held parts of the country with more than 40,000 candidates competing for 18,478 seats on local administrative councils, state media reported.

Trump warns Assad against ‘reckless’ attack on Idlib

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Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army, who oppose the government of Bashar al-Assad, are preparing for battle in the province of Idlib – the last remaining militant and terrorist stronghold in Syria.

That’s as US president Donald Trump urges Russia and Iran to call off liberation efforts in the region.

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Exiled Syrians put on dance performance at Paris art festival

Posters denouncing the government of Bashar al-Assad, paintings on Syrian jails and choreography to evoke the trauma … These artists in exile have Syria in their skin and they tell through their work, by commitment or because they do not know any other way to express their stories. Their work was presented at the third edition of the festival “Syrien n’est fait” in Paris, at Les Grand Voisins (14th), organized by the NGO ASML / Syria.

Syrian flag rises over Nawa after city freed from militant control

Residents of Nawa in western Daraa took to the streets on Wednesday, to voice their support for government forces, after the city was freed from militant control last month.
Local residents gathered in the city’s centre, where they hoisted the Syrian national flag. Some held up portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while others chanted and clapped.

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