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Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world’s best footballers play on the side of a tent. For these soccer enthusiasts uprooted by Syria’s seven-year war, World Cup games such as these offer brief respite from their woes and the daily grind at the camp.

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After military wins, Syrians root for ally Russia in World Cup

Syrians sell country flags of competing countries ahead of the start of the World Cup at a market in Damascus while others sell satellite connections to watch the games. The flags of usual favourites Argentina, Germany, and Brazil are still displayed prominently, but years of steadfast Russian support to Syria’s war-weary government has earned it newfound football fandom.

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Eight years on, Syria army conscripts pack bags for home

Former Syrian conscript Mohammad Damour takes photos in Damascus as he pursues his dream of becoming a journalist after being demobilised from the Syrian army following eight years of military service.

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Syria rebels patrol Daraa frontlines

Syrian rebel fighters man the frontline with forces loyal to the government in Daraa in the south of the country.

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In war-torn Syria, ‘cat man’ starts rare animal clinic

At an unlikely cat shelter in rebel-held Aleppo province, northern Syria, Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel provides medical attention to hundreds of cats.

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Displaced from Ghouta, Syrians seek refuge in emptied Afrin

Displaced from her home in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, Umaima al-Sheikh and her family sought refuge in an abandoned house across the country in Afrin.

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Putin welcomes Macron couple at Konstantin Palace

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg. Emmanuel Macron is in Russia to discuss the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine with Putin. IMAGES

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In northeast Syria, farmer draws crowds with cockfights

On a dusty farm in northeast Syria, Shufan Mahmud cares for his nine-month-old prize rooster. Sniper, as the fighting fowl is named, is gearing up for a cockfight. Banned in many parts of the world due to concerns over animal cruelty — in this mainly Kurdish corner of the war-torn country the blood sport is proving popular.