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Syrian migrant tells Germans - Cherish your democracy, go vote!


AACHEN, Germany Social Democrat Martin Schulz on Saturday read out a message he received via Facebook from a young Syrian migrant who called on Germans to exercise their right to vote in Sunday's national election.

U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor - senior commander 23 Sep 2017

AMMAN U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.


Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote 23 Sep 2017

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorising the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. | Video

Greek court's rejection of asylum appeals sets bad precedent - Amnesty 23 Sep 2017

ATHENS A ruling by Greece's top administrative court that two Syrian asylum seekers can be safely returned to Turkey sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of refugees, according to Amnesty International.


Syria's Moualem says victory within reach, de-escalation zones temporary 23 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help reach a cessation of hostilities.


Syrians vote in Kurdish-led regions of north 22 Sep 2017

QAMISHLI, Syria Syrians voted on Friday in an election organised by the Kurdish-led authorities of northern Syria, the start of a three-phase process to set up new governing institutions that aim to shore up regional autonomy.


Suite with wifi and bars, sir? Dutch hotel offers hard cell 22 Sep 2017

AMSTERDAM A beaming Syrian refugee called Monjid welcomes guests to Amsterdam's newest hotel, offering them hummus and olives before walking them from the bright pink reception area to their cell.

Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack - report 22 Sep 2017

BEIRUT Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria's borders.


Exclusive - Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib: Erdogan 21 Sep 2017

NEW YORK Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month. | Video


Russia says will target U.S.- backed fighters in Syria if provoked 21 Sep 2017

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.- backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes.

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Turkey ratchets up rhetoric against Kurdish independence referendum

Turkey's Prime Minister warns the Iraqi Kurdish regional leader over an independence referendum. Rough cut (no reporter narration)