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Islamist rebels in Syria claim kidnapping of 94 civilians

Bomb damaged buildings in Syria.Sunni Islamist rebels in Syria have claimed responsibility for kidnapping at least 94 women and children belonging to President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite sect, according to a video published on Thursday.

Syrian death toll exceeds 146,000 as fourth year begins

Damaged buildings in Syria.Over 146,000 people, more than a third of them civilians, have been killed in Syria's uprising-turned-civil war which enters its fourth year this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Two Yemeni soldiers killed as Houthi fighters hit army base

 A Yemeni tribesman.Two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Thursday when Shi'ite Muslim Houthi tribal fighters attacked an army base near the capital Sanaa, military sources said.

Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

A Free Syrian Army fighter at his lookout post.Syrian refugees in this border outpost were delighted to hear their home town of Azaz had been liberated - not from Bashar al-Assad's troops but from al Qaeda fighters who subjected them to a regime that included torture and public beheadings.

Syria among 'most dangerous places on Earth' for children

Syrian children.The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Monday.

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