Syria regime warplanes pound market near Damascus, 'massacre' 82

Aug 17, 2015

Syria regime warplanes pound market near Damascus, 'massacre' 82

Syrian government warplanes bombed a market in a rebel-held town outside Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 82 people in one of the bloodiest regime attacks in the country’s war. The series of strikes on the town of Douma overwhelmed makeshift clinics, with bodies ...

Long taboo, Kurdish culture sees a renaissance in Syria

Aug 13, 2015

Long taboo, Kurdish culture sees a renaissance in Syria

Driving through parts of northeastern Syria, Vian Khouzy points proudly to dozens of new road signs printed in Kurdish. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. The 33-year old works as a taxi driver in areas controlled by the autonomous Kurdish administration in northern ...

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

Aug 13, 2015

Spanish-born war photojournalist wins Mika Yamamoto award

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Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish-born photojournalist, believes photography has the power to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Since around 2000, Vilanova, 43, has documented the lives of women and children living in conflict zones in such countries as Afghanistan, Iraq and ...

Virtual reality offering 360-degree view inside war-ravaged Syria

Aug 12, 2015

Virtual reality offering 360-degree view inside war-ravaged Syria

The latest frontier in virtual reality could be closer to reality than fantasy. While video game creators and filmmakers have recreated the likes of Middle-earth and Jurassic World in VR, activist news organization Ryot is teleporting viewers to real-life conflict zones and disaster areas ...

Al-Qaida in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer

Aug 11, 2015

Al-Qaida in Syria leaves area where Turkey seeks buffer

The al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front says it has quit frontline positions against the Islamic State group north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving an area of northern Syria where Turkey wants to set up a buffer zone. A Nusra Front statement dated ...