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# syria - Saturday 19 April, 2014

French hostage freed from Syria says he is “very happy to be free”

Didier Francois was one of four Frenchmen kidnapped in Syria ten months ago.

# syria - Monday 7 April, 2014

20 Years On: What have we learned from Rwanda?

The humanitarian aid community learned its lessons, but what about the political world?

# syria - Monday 31 March, 2014

Watch: Irish troops return home from their six-month tour of duty in Syria

A couple even got to meet their newborns for the first time.

# syria - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Shakespeare and King Lear are helping Syrian children in Jordan

“When I first came here, children were using the language of war… tanks, bullets and bombs. But that has changed now. To me, this is an achievement.”

# syria - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about the shock resignation of Patrick Nulty, Phil Hogan’s spat with Micheál Martin, and the grisly ‘House of Horror’ discovery in Nigeria.

Turkey has shot down a Syrian war plane

The Turkish Prime Minister has congratulated the military, and warned of a “heavy” response if the country’s airspace is violated.

# syria - Friday 21 March, 2014

940 people sought asylum in Ireland last year

The numbers seeking refuge in EU countries rose 32 per cent in 2013, mainly due to the crisis in Syria.

# syria - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Dead bodies shown on State TV as Syrian army capures rebel stronghold

State television broadcast images of dead fighters and said the army was targeting ‘groups of terrorists’.

# syria - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

That edge-of-seat Six Nations victory is dominating the headlines. There were also startling new developments in the search for flight MH370.

Mohamad Almasalmeh witnessed one of the first killings of Syrian conflict Refugees This post contains images

Mohamad Almasalmeh witnessed one of the first killings of Syrian conflict

He is one of the 2.5 million who have fled the country.

Column: Three years into civil war, families deprived of food are forced to eat stray cats

The Syrian conflict is the world’s largest humanitarian disaster. After three years of conflict, basic services like healthcare are completely collapsing, writes Peter Power of UNICEF.

Three years on and tens of thousands dead: Syria’s bloody civil war continues Syria This post contains images

Three years on and tens of thousands dead: Syria’s bloody civil war continues

The bloody civil war that has raged for the past three years began on Saturday 15 March 2011, when pro-democracy protests were staged in the capital Damascus.

# syria - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Syrian refugees to be offered temporary residence in Ireland

Alan Shatter announced the Humanitarian Admission Programme this afternoon.

# syria - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

“A bomb came and frightened us”: Syrian children reveal fears of violence, kidnapping and child marriage

Over a million children have fled the country since the start of the conflict three years ago.

# syria - Monday 10 March, 2014

Some Syrians are ‘eating cats and dogs’ to survive

Colm O’Gorman described the citizens of Yarmouk as “being treated like pawns in a deadly game”.

# syria - Thursday 6 March, 2014

This video of a fictional civil war in the West is the daily reality for children in Syria

The striking clip brings home the effect the conflict is having on children.

# syria - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria? Tough Enough This post contains images

Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria?

Ireland’s 44 Infantry Group are heading to the Golan Heights in March.

# syria - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Latest round of Irish humanitarian funding for Syrian crisis announced Aid

Latest round of Irish humanitarian funding for Syrian crisis announced

€5.3 million has been approved, out of a total of €12 million this year.

# syria - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Both sides in Syrian dispute told: ‘Spend some time apart’

Talks in Geneva have ended with no agreement and no date for a third round of negotiations set.

# syria - Monday 10 February, 2014

Those guilty of torture in Ukraine must be held to account, says Gilmore

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is to meet with foreign ministers in Brussels today to discuss unrest in Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic.

# syria - Saturday 8 February, 2014

Explainer: Who are Syria’s rebels?

Many of the groups are now led by Islamist groups and some have al Qaeda ties.

# syria - Friday 7 February, 2014

Over 80 evacuated from war-torn Syrian city of Homs

A three-day cease-fire is underway that will allow an evacuation by humanitarian agencies.

# syria - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Gardaí monitoring potential radicalisation of Irish residents in Syrian conflict

The Minister for Justice revealed this morning that as many as 30 Irish residents have travelled to take part in the armed conflict.

# syria - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Al Qaeda has ‘put down roots’ in Lebanon – a gateway to strike at Israel

The terrorist group is gaining influence as the country sees increasing sectarian violence and spillover turmoil from the Syrian war.

Ireland will take in 90 Syrian refugees this year

The 90 includes four medical cases whose needs can only be met outside their current settlements.

# syria - Friday 31 January, 2014

Almost 2,000 people have died since the start of the Syria talks — NGO

The alarming estimate comes as a government and opposition negotiators wrap up talks in Switzerland today.

# syria - Monday 27 January, 2014

Journalists from rival Syrian sides come close to blows in Geneva

UN security guards have had to step in on occasion as reporters fling slurs and abuse across press room.

Dictatorship to democracy: Syrian opposition wants Assad to leave power

Opposition forces wants a transitional government to be formed, but Assad’s regime says his role in not up for debate.

# syria - Sunday 26 January, 2014

No longer under siege: Women and children to be allowed leave Homs

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said that tomorrow he expects the two parties to talk about the “way forward”.

# syria - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Despite walk-out threats, Syria foes set to meet face-to-face

The delegations were due to meet yesterday, brought together by the United Nations.

‘Only the chief of the battalion knew I was a girl’: Meet Ola, the Syrian rebel

Driving instructor, medicines smuggler, rebel fighter, prisoner, exile…

# syria - Friday 24 January, 2014

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Friday…

Both sides in the same room for Syrian peace talks in Geneva today

Yesterday UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi shuttled between two rooms as each delegation were set apart.

# syria - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Rough start to Syria talks as both sides dig in but have yet to meet

Syrian officials branded the opposition as traitors and insisted Assad will not give up power.

# syria - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Column: Can new peace negotiations end Syria’s three-year nightmare?

For the first time, tomorrow representatives of Bashar Al Assad will meet with the western-backed opposition for talks. This presents an historic opportunity to end a war that threatens to engulf the wider Middle East in conflict, writes Maurice McQuillan.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day…

War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executions

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors, based on thousands of photos smuggled out of the country, accuses Syria of large-scale killing and torture. (Note: graphic content).

# syria - Monday 20 January, 2014

UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren’t going to go anyway

A surprise UN invite to Iran had thrown the talks into doubt.

‘It’s difficult to explain the conflict to my children’ — Assad

The Syrian president has said in a new interview that war has forced his children to “grow up too early and mature much faster”.

Iran “must support transition” in order to attend Syria talks

The main Syrian opposition has warned it will not attend this week’s talks if Iranian government representatives show up.

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