Convoy of Syrian troops arrives in Kobane | AFP

A convoy of Syrian troops arrives in the northern border town of Kobane as part of a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up the now-defunct Syrian Kurdish autonomous region. IMAGES

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Syrian regime forces in Tall Tamr as they move towards Turkish border | AFP

Syrian government forces are seen in the town of Tall Tamr in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province, as Syrian regime forces moved towards the Turkish border after Damascus reached a deal with beleaguered Kurdish forces following a US withdrawal announcement. IMAGES

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Collapse of Syrian pound deals blow to struggling shops | AFP

Mohammad Zarqawi ambles around his narrow shop in central Damascus, filling plastic bags with colourful spices and herbs, their aroma spilling out into a dim market once bustling with customers. The middle-aged shop owner said business has slowed since the value of the Syrian pound against the dollar plunged to its lowest level in history this month.

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Turkish President Erdogan welcomes Putin for Syria summit | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes his Russian counterpart for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus’s push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. IMAGES

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Syria: rock lovers attend open-air concert in Damascus | AFP

Lovers of rock music attend an open-air concert in the Syrian capital Damascus and get to hear covers from iconic bands such as the White Stripes, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Queen. Such lighthearted event stands in stark contrast with the civil war that has afflicted the country since 2011.

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In post-war areas of Syria, mines upend civilian lives | AFP

In the Eastern Ghouta region just outside Damascus, soldiers sweep a hamlet and surrounding fields for hidden explosives, more than a year after rebels were ousted.

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Syria resumes Idlib air strikes after scrapping ceasefire | AFP

Smoke billows above the Syrian town Khan Sheikhoun after Damascus resumed air strikes on northwest Syria’s Idlib, scrapping a ceasefire for the jihadist-run bastion and accusing its opponents of targeting an airbase of its ally Russia. IMAGES

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US forces patrol Syria’s northeast close to Turkish border | AFP

Armoured vehicles carrying US forces patrol the city of Ras al-Ain and its surroundings in Syria’s Hasakeh province bordering with Turkey. Damascus said Friday it would reject any agreement between Turkey and the US to establish a “security zone” in northern Syria as tantamount to a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

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A slow road to recovery for East Ghouta’s farmlands | AFP

The former opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta was once the breadbasket of Damascus, providing rich harvests of apricots and vegetables to the capital. But a five-year siege by Damascus and an intense bombing campaign that drove out opposition forces from the area last year has taken its toll on farmlands and crops.

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In Syria’s breadbasket, Kurds and regime battle for wheat | AFP

After years of drought and civil war, Syria is expected to rake in its best harvest in a long time this summer. But the lion’s share of that crop lies in the northeast of the country, in a semi-autonomous Kurdish region beyond full government control. Both sides, the Kurds and the Damascus regime, are desperately battling to get their hands on the invaluable crop. The Kurds are determined to hang on to a strategic resource in the third of the country they hold, while the government wants to restock its siloes and feed its people ahead of retaking full control of the northeast.

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Heartbreaking: War in Syria left these children homeless

Many orphans have been forced to adapt to life on the street in Syria as the war ravaged their homes and families.

RT visited Damascus, and met a group of homeless children, now being exploited by criminal gangs.

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Damascus horse festival marks return to normalcy in Syria

Syrians ride their horses during the Al-Sham International Arabian Horse Festival in Damascus, as the country celebrates the evacuation day, commemorating the independence from the French mandate in 1946.

Paris Philharmonic hosts Damascus turning dervishes

Whirling dervishes from Damascus take the stage at the Paris Philharmonic as part of their “Syria Week-end” event. Both musicians and dancers say their art does not involve any special technique, but instead a state of being that is cultivated to communicate “a message of peace and love.”