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Listen to World's Oldest Known Melody

The music dates back an astonishing 3.5K years

(Newser) - In 1950, a collection of 29 tablets was discovered in the ruins of Ugarit, an ancient city in the northern region of present-day Syria, but only one had survived the intervening centuries well enough to be deciphered. Known as H6, the 3,500-year-old clay tablet revealed a simple hymn specifying... More »

6-Year-Old's Plea to Adopt Syrian Boy Goes Viral

'We should all be more like Alex,' says Obama

(Newser) - The image of a Syrian boy covered in blood after an airstrike in Aleppo touched many—including 6-year-old Alex. In a letter to President Obama, Alex asks that the president "please go get" 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh and bring him to his family's home in New York. "We... More »

Syrian Peace Hopes Rattled by 2 Big Hits

Medical unit hit, after aid convoy, while US and Russia are sniping

(Newser) - US and Russian diplomats say there's still hope of reviving a ceasefire in Syria, but developments on the ground suggest it would be a tall order. An overnight airstrike wiped out a mobile medical unit run by a French relief organization, reports the AP . At least five staffers from... More »

Trump Jr.'s Refugee Tweet Doesn't Fly With Skittles Maker

'Skittles are candy. Refugees are people'

(Newser) - One of the most controversial moments from the campaign trail on Monday came not from either of the major candidates but from Donald Trump Jr. As CNN reports, he shared a tweet that compared the Syrian refugee problem—and the notion that terrorists might be hiding among them—to Skittles.... More »

Syria Aid Convoy 'Bombarded' in Airstrike, 12 Dead

The attack sent a red fireball into the sky

(Newser) - Syria's ceasefire has faltered further after an aid convoy was hit by airstrikes, with activists saying at least 12 people were killed in the attack, mostly truck drivers and Red Crescent workers. The strikes late Monday came just hours after the Syrian military declared the weeklong US-Russian brokered ceasefire... More »

Syria: Ceasefire Is Over

Fragile peace collapses after multiple violations in 7 days

(Newser) - Syria's military command has declared the US-Russian brokered ceasefire over, blaming the country's rebel groups for undermining the agreement that lasted seven days, reports the AP . In a statement Monday, the Syrian military said that "armed terrorist groups" repeatedly violated the ceasefire that came into effect last... More »

After Deadly US Strikes, Syria Beats Back ISIS

Assad regime regains territory lost to militants in Saturdays airstrikes

(Newser) - Syrian government warplanes and special forces on Sunday destroyed several positions of ISIS in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. The advance regained territory lost Saturday when Syrian troops were accidentally hit with airstrikes by the US-led coalition , reports the AP . The incident has threatened an already-fragile US and Russian-brokered... More »

US Says It May Have Hit Syrian Troops While Targeting ISIS

Russia says 62 Syrian soldiers were killed in misplaced US airstrike

(Newser) - The US military said it may have unintentionally struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid against ISIS on Saturday, which if confirmed would mark the first known direct American strike on President Bashar Assad's forces, the AP reports. US Central Command said the strike was immediately halted "... More »

US-Backed Rebels Threaten American Soldiers in Syria

Just because you accept American money doesn't mean you like America

(Newser) - US special forces soldiers got a chilly reception from Syrian rebel troops when they showed up to help them fight ISIS in the town of al-Rai on Thursday, UPI reports. According to the Telegraph , a video posted to social media shows US troops fleeing the town "under a barrage... More »

Years Later, Celebrities Finally Get Behind Syria Group

A bunch of them are lobbying for the Nobel Peace Prize for the White Helmets

(Newser) - The Syrian civil war has been going on for years, and celebrities are finally now getting involved. A number of them, including George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Zoe Saldana, have signed an open letter to the Nobel Peace Prize committee urging that this year's prize go to... More »

Israel Denies That Syria Shot Down Plane

Ceasefire broken by sporadic attacks

(Newser) - A ceasefire allegedly went into effect in Syria at sundown on Monday—though most reports suggest that there are still a lot of people shooting at each other. Amid confusion over which opposition areas could be considered valid targets, there were reports of several attacks late Monday and early Tuesday,... More »

Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance as Truce Starts

7-day ceasefire takes effect in Syria

(Newser) - The latest attempt to bring peace to Syria has officially begun: A ceasefire brokered last week by the US and Russia went into effect Monday morning, reports the BBC . However, this being Syria—whose civil war is a many-sided conflict —it remained unclear just how effective it would be.... More »

New Syria Deal Creates US-Russia Partnership

They'll work together against ISIS, Nusra Front

(Newser) - The United States and Russia working in lockstep against ISIS and al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. A rejuvenated truce that will compel President Bashar Assad's air and ground forces to pull back. New flows of badly needed humanitarian aid. Those details emerged Saturday as US Secretary of State John... More »

US, Russia Announce Plan for Ceasefire in Syria

It could be a 'turning point' in the five-year civil war

(Newser) - Russia and the US announced plans for a ceasefire in the five-year Syrian civil war Friday, CNN reports. Under the agreement—which both the Syrian government and opposition groups have tentatively agreed to—calls for an end to hostilities starting at sundown on Monday. Secretary of State John Kerry says... More »

Gary Johnson Doesn't Know What Aleppo Is

#Fail

(Newser) - The city of Aleppo has long been at the center of Syria's civil war—most recently in claims that the Syrian regime dropped chlorine gas bombs on its own people—so one might think presidential candidates would be pretty familiar with it. Not Gary Johnson. "What would you... More »

Syrian Regime Accused of Chlorine Gas Attack

Rescue workers say 80 hurt in Aleppo

(Newser) - The Syrian regime has once again been accused of using poison gas on civilians, this time in an attack on a rebel-held area of Aleppo. Reuters reports that the Syrian Civil Defense rescue group says barrel bombs containing chlorine gas were dropped on the shattered city's Sukkari neighborhood, causing... More »

As Syrians Die, UN Aid Flows Through Assad Cronies

Critics say aid money is propping up regime

(Newser) - United Nations aid is making the Syrian civil war a very profitable enterprise for cronies of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a Guardian investigation. The aid—tens of millions of dollars of it, in some cases—has been awarded to hundreds of businesses closely linked to the regime, some of... More »

ISIS Says Spokesperson Killed in Syria

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was 'martyred'

(Newser) - The Islamic State group says its spokesperson has been "martyred" in northern Syria, the AP reports. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Tuesday that Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo," without providing further details. IS has released... More »

Refugee Target Met: 10,000th Syrian Will Land in US

Influx from Jordan will get US to its goal this week

(Newser) - The US will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program as several hundred Syrians depart from Jordan over 24 hours, the US ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia. The resettlement program has... More »

Conjoined Twins in Syria Die While Awaiting Evacuation

Charity says it's all because of politics

(Newser) - More heartbreaking news from Syria: conjoined twins born a month ago in a beseiged hospital in rebel-held territory have died. The baby boys succumbed to heart failure on Wednesday before they could be moved abroad for life-saving treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. Joined at the abdomen, with their hearts... More »

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