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Syrian refugee charged with kidnapping countryman in Penang

UNHCR card holder accused of kidnapping fellow Syrian near Tanjung Tokong food outlet for RM100,000 ransom.

UN envoy says new Syria committee could be agreed soon

Geir Pedersen believes the differences have been narrowed and that an agreement is within reach in drafting a new constitution for post-war Syria.

UN head says resolution of Syrian conflict must guarantee country’s territorial...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the territorial integrity of Syria including the occupied Golan Heights must be guaranteed under any resolution.

Germany charges Syrian with stabbing that sparked Chemnitz riots

The suspect, identified only as Alaa S. under Germany's privacy laws, stabbed the man during a quarrel in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

Vincent Tan, Lim Wee Chai bring cheer to Syrian refugees

The two corporate leaders, together with 25 volunteers from Malaysia, are visiting Turkey to offer aid to Syrian refugees.

German police raid mosque over suspected financing of Syria fighter

There was no immediate comment from the cleric or any lawyer representing him.

Syrian killed in crash on Federal Highway

He lost control of his car and crashed into a pole at a flyover along the Federal Highway.

Syrian in Germany hostage drama had mental problems

Witnesses reported that the man had claimed to be a member of the Islamic State jihadist group, and police said they were investigating whether his motive was terrorism and whether he acted alone or with others.

Ministry wrong to justify arrest of Syrian refugee, say rights lawyers

Lawyers for Liberty's Latheefa Koya says there is a vast difference between an asylum seeker and a migrant who willfully enters the country illegally.

Syrian arrested after months ‘stuck in transit’ in KLIA

The Immigration Department says that Hassan al-Kontar was arrested because he was in a restricted area without a boarding pass.

Russia says a military aircraft vanishes near Syria during Israeli, French...

US official said Washington believed the aircraft, which is an Il-20 turbo-prop plane used for electronic reconnaissance, was inadvertently shot down by Moscow's ally, the Syrian government.

Three sought for “xenophobic” attack on migrant in eastern German town

The incident occurred days after the violent protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz that were triggered by the fatal stabbing of a German man there.

New German far-right rally after knife killing sparks mob violence

Some carried banners or insignia of the far-right AfD and neo-Nazi NPD parties and other extremist groups, while a handful delivered the illegal right-handed Hitler salute.

Russia sends Syrian refugee proposal to US after Trump summit

Trump and Putin met at a summit in Helsinki on Monday, although it is not known what they discussed at a one-on-one meeting there.

UN says displaced Syrians leave zone near Jordan border crossing

Jordan and Israel have both said they would not let refugees in. They beefed up their borders and distributed some aid inside Syria.

Syrian admits to Berlin assault on Israeli wearing kippa

The young Syrian migrant admitted to lashing out due to fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.

Syrian, Iraqi forces say US bombs military border positions, US denies

The attack took place in al-Harra, southeast of the town of Albu Kamal, state news agency SANA said, citing a military source.

A Syrian dancer’s journey from hell to the Paris stage

Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death.

Putrajaya mulls special pass for Syrian stranded at klia2

Home ministry says the 36-year-old needs to be screened to prevent IS elements from entering the country.

Despite Trump vow, quick US pullout from Syria unlikely

Trump is said to be frustrated by the open-ended US commitment in Syria, where special operations forces are training and advising Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters who are battling the Islamic State group.

Kuwait court sentences couple to death for Filipina’s murder

The court have issued the sentence in the first hearing in the case of Joanna Demafelis, the 29-year-old maid whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this year.

Syrian child footballer killed by shells on Damascus

Mohsen Abbas, the president of the Syrian army's football team, has named the young victim as 12-year-old Samir Mohamad Massoud.