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Atop Palmyra’s damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

PALMYRA, SYRIA: Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old...

IS destroys facade of Roman theatre in Syrian city of Palmyra

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT: Islamic State militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of...

UNESCO set to expand World Heritage list at Istanbul meeting

PARIS: UN cultural agency UNESCO will gather in Istanbul on Sunday to review candidates to join its prestigious World Heritage List, ranging from 350-million-year old fossils to works by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier.

Russian orchestra stages concert at Syria’s Palmyra

SOCHI: Russia's Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheatre of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday. This looked like an attempt by...

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over IS

PALMYRA: Syrian troops recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Sunday and pledged to build on the win with an advance against other jihadist strongholds.

Syrian army pushes into Palmyra amid heavy bombardment

BEIRUT: Syrian government forces advanced into Palmyra on several fronts on Saturday with support from air strikes and artillery bombardment, state media and a monitoring group said, and live television showed waves of explosions inside the city.

Syrian army takes Palmyra citadel, IS commander killed

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON: Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it probably killed several senior leaders of the militant group this week including its top finance officer.

Syrian regime forces close in on IS-held Palmyra

DAMASCUS: Syrian pro-government forces were poised to launch an assault to retake the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra, as Washington and Moscow meet Thursday to discuss the fraught peace talks.

Islamic State forces kill 26 Syrian soldiers near Palmyra: monitor

BEIRUT: Islamic State fighters killed 26 Syrian soldiers on Monday west of Palmyra, a monitoring group said, after days of advances by government forces backed by Syrian and Russian air cover.

Russia says air force hit Palmyra region in Syria

MOSCOW: Russia's air force has struck the area around the Islamic State-held ancient city of Palmyra, the defence ministry said Monday, as Moscow pressed on with its bombing campaign in Syria.

Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

DAMASCUS: Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said on Sunday, after they destroyed two ancient temples at the central Syrian site in recent months.

IS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has beheaded the 82-year-old retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra, who refused to leave the ancient city when the jihadists captured it, Syria's antiquities chief said.

IS destroys statue outside Syria's Palmyra museum

BEIRUT: Islamic State group jihadists have destroyed a famous statue of a lion outside the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities director said Thursday.

Islamic State shoots dead 20 at Palmyra amphitheatre: monitor

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT: Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.

Islamic State raises flag over citadel in Syria’s Palmyra: supporters

BEIRUT: Islamic State fighters have raised their flag over an ancient citadel in Syria's historic city of Palmyra, pictures posted online overnight by the group's supporters showed.

Islamic State says it has full control of Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT: Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.

IS expands control to central Syria by capturing Palmyra

Islamic State militants further expanded their control across Syria when they took hold of the ancient historic city of Palmyra, according to Syrian state media.

Islamic State said to advance further near ancient Palmyra

BEIRUT: Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra on Saturday, a target in an offensive by the jihadist group that has raised concern for the U.N. world heritage site.

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