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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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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Syrian refugees make new lives in Vermont

After fleeing the war in Syria, a refugee family is rebuilding their life across the globe in a small city in Vermont. (August 26)

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Displaced Syrian teacher gives free classes at an IPD camp in Idlib | AFP

Mohammed, a displaced teacher from Karnaz, on the northern outskirts of Hama, has been teaching children for the past three months under an olive tree at a camp for Internally displaced people (IDP) where he is taking shelter in Atme near the Syria-Turkey border.

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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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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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