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Syrian Arab Republic
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Location  Middle East
Capital  Damascus
Area  185,180 sq km
Population  19,454,263
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  • Western and Gulf Arab nations pledged more than $2.4bn on 15 January 2014 for United Nations aid efforts in Syria, where a near three-year civil war has left millions of people hungry, ailing or displaced.[1]

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  • The United Nations Security Council on 22 February 2014 unanimously approved a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, a move that is expected to ease some civilian suffering caused by the current political unrests in the country, if it is implemented quickly and in good faith.

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  • Photographer And Doumany from Douma, Syria won the third prize at the 2016 Days Japan photo contest for his image series named Syrian Children Cry for Help.[2]

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  • Majd Chourbaji of Syria was honored with the 2015 International Women of Courage Award by the United States Department of State at a presentation ceremony in Washington for her tireless work for women's leadership in politics and peace building.

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  • Human rights lawyer Razan Zeitunah of Syria was honored with the 2013 International Women of Courage Award by the United States Department of State at a presentation ceremony in Washington for her brave reporting to the world media against the recent violence and atrocity against civilians in Syria.

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  • Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh of Syria was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017 for putting her life at risk to serve the people in this war-torn country and to remain a beacon of hope.[3]

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  • A mass five-day polio vaccination campaign was launched in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April 2014 after health officials reported a suspected polio case in Baghdad last month.[4]

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  • Syrian athlete Inas al-Amoud won the gold medal in the hammer throw competition, with a distance of 39.55 meters, at the 1st West Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Bahrain on 15 April 2016.[5]

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  • Independence Day of Syria. Syria gained independence from France on April 17, 1946. It is also known as the Evacuation Day which marks the evacuation of the last French soldier from Syria.

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  • The head of Syria’s Civil Defence Units, also known as the White Helmets, Raed Saleh was named as one of the most influential people, according to Time Magazine’s 2017 list of 100 Most Influential People.[6]

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  • Obadah al-Kaddri, deemed as a truth teller on the Syrian airwaves, was named in Time magazine's annual list of the most 100 influential people in the world on 23 April 2014 for his courage with his radio station, al-Watan.[7]

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  • Syrian online activist Ahmad Edilbi's website Dubarah was named as the winner of the 2015 Deutsche Welle People's Choice Award in the Arabic category.[8]

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  • Syria's most senior Muslim clerics and Pope John Paul II made history in an attempt to bring Christianity and Islam closer together. John Paul II became the first leader of the Catholic Church to set foot in a mosque when he visited the Umayyad Mosque in Syria on May 6, 2001. The Pope and Syria's Muslim clerics did not pray together. They restricted themselves to reciting a "joint invocation".

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  • Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was presented the 2012 Front Line Defenders Award at a ceremony in Dublin's City Hall for her stand against repressive forces.

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  • The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee named The Ancient Villages of Northern Syria as World Hertage Sites in 2011. The 40 scattered villages contain relicts and remains of life from the Ancient Roman to Byzantine Christian civilizations.[9]

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  • On 27 July 2012 it is reported that Syrian and Iranian governments signed deals on energy and electricity exports, signaling continued cooperation between the two countries amid ongoing political crisis in Syria.[10]

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  • Syrian woman journalist Zaina Erhaim, who has trained citizen reporters in the war-ravaged country, was named as the winner of the 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.[11]

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  • Syrian-Lebanese economist Rouba Mhaissen won Norway's Rafto Prize on 26 September 2019 for her work defending the rights of refugees and migrants.[12]

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  • Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Syria and Jordan agreed to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries on 15 October 2018, for the first time in three years, promising to restore trade and movement between the two countries that had halted because of the war in Syria.

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  • Syria has submitted its initial declaration and a general plan of destruction of its chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the organization said on 27 October 2013.[13]

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  • Syria destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, the Joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – United Nations Mission confirmed on 31 October 2013.[14]


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  • Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was named the 2017 Asian Football Confederation's Player of the Year for his impressive achievements with Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League and spectacular performance in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers.[15]

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  • Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad was named as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based prestigious magazine of global politics, economics and ideas, on 1 December 2015 for protecting culture to the death.

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 27 December 2018 reopened its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, a move intended to normalise relationship between the countries.

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