Syrian girl, 8, born with no legs, finds hope in Turkey

Syrian girl, 8, born with no legs, finds hope in Turkey

Earlier this month, Maya Merhi, 8, who was born with no legs due to a congenital condition, was moving around a Syrian displaced persons camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans. But after pictures of her plight, including those taken by AFP in Syria, were seen around the world, she was brought to Istanbul for treatment. And her life should be about to change.

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Air strikes shut down hospitals in south Syria – monitor

Air strikes shut down hospitals in south Syria - monitor

Air strikes on rebel-held parts of southern Syria put three hospitals out of service overnight as the government pressed a Russian-backed offensive to retake territory, a monitor said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said bombing raids, including by Russian warplanes, had damaged medical centers in the opposition-controlled towns of Saida, Al-Mseifra and Al-Jiza in Daraa province.

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Putin meets Assad, calls for ‘political process’ on Syria

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, and said the “military success” in Syria allowed for a large-scale “political process” leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the reconstruction of the country.

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Hamas using embassy as ‘excuse’ for violence – US

Hamas using embassy as 'excuse' for violence – US

Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, is using the controversial unveiling of the American embassy in Jerusalem as an “excuse” to encourage violence, the United States’ State Department said on Tuesday, after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests.

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US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a United Nations Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said.

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Syrian war will go on despite Western strikes – British FM

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British foreign minister Boris Johnson said over the weekend that the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country’s alleged chemical weapons facilities.

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Suicide attack in eastern Libya, at least 8 killed – security officer

No less than eight people were killed late Thursday in a suicide car bombing of a security barricade in the east of Libya, the second such attack in less than a month, local security and hospital sources said.

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