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Russia sent more than 240 tons of cash to Syria last summer, according to a press report, in an additional confirmation of the continued support of the Russian authorities to their Syrian counterparts.


The number of Syrian refugees formally registered or under registration with the United Nations has increased to 458,287 as of November 26.


The European Union announced on Monday that it was recognising the newly-formed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as “legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.”


The value of the Syrian Pound fell at one point last week to around 90 pounds to the dollar in black market trading before regaining some of the lost ground early this week as the Central Bank of Syria appears to loosen trading restrictions.


Updated November 11: Around 20,000 Syrians fled their country over the week-end in what was the highest exodus of refugees since the beginning of the uprising.


Assad: Erdogan thinks he's Caliph, new sultan of the Ottoman, RT interview on November 09, 2012.


Trade between Turkey and Syria, once buoyant, continued to fall in the third quarter of this year.


The Turkish minister of energy said last week that the Syrian government is seeking again to purchase electricity from his country.


Syria will hold by-elections on December 1 to fill five seats in Parliament to replace, among others, two defecting MPs.


The dollar is trading at around 75 Syrian Pounds in the black market in Damascus as the Central Bank issued last week new regulations restricting the sale of foreign exchange.


Syria has suspended imports of electricity from Turkey and Arab countries and switched instead to Iran, according to press reports.


The number of Syrian refugees crossed the 100 thousand mark last week in both Turkey and Lebanon.


The forced landing of a Syrian commercial plane in Turkey last week has heightened tensions among the two countries and led to a twin airspace ban that will disrupt further Syria’s international transport links.


UNICEF has said that it was scaling up its support for Syrian refugees and displaced persons although a lack of funds is hampering its rescue efforts.


The number of investment projects licensed by the Syrian Investment Agency declined 74 percent in the first nine months of 2012 compared to the same period of last year.


Customs fees generated by the Syrian government fell 18 percent in the first eight months of this year over a decline in foreign trade, according to the Syrian Customs.


The number of Syrian refugees is expected to rise to 700,000 by the end of the year, according to a new estimate by the United Nations refugee agency.


The following document is the transcript of a press conference by Lakhdar Ibrahimi, the Special Representative for Syria of the United Nations and Arab League, following a briefing he gave to the Security Council on September 24.


The following document is the transcript of a press conference by Lakhdar Ibrahimi, the Special Representative for Syria of the United Nations and Arab League, following a briefing he gave to the Security Council on September 24.


Syria posted a net trade deficit of USD 5.7 billion in 2011, according to the first data released on the country’s foreign trade performance last year.


The United Nations has increased to USD 347 million the money it wants to raise in order to meet the growing humanitarian needs faced by Syria.


This document is an English language transcript of the interview given by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Ad-Dunia, a Damascus based TV station on August 29. The translation is from the Syrian News Agency.


The Kharafi Group has obtained from the Syrian government a 50 percent discount on the annual fee it pays for the management of the Bloudan Grand Hotel, which has been closed for over half a year.


The Syrian government has estimated the damage to public infrastructure from the violence gripping the country at SYP 155 billion, while it has officially registered more than 1 million displaced people.


International sanctions and a severe economic downturn have led to a 92 percent decline in bilateral trade between Syria and the United States.


The United Nations has said that the number of Syrian refugees registered in four neighbouring countries had reached some 146,000 including 6,000 that entered Turkey in the last week as violence surged in Aleppo.


Three million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support because of the losses and displacements caused by the uprising gripping the country, the FAO said.


Trade with Turkey, one of Syria’s largest trading partners until last year, continued to dive and fell some 67 percent on an annual basis in the first half of this year, in line with the decline witnessed in the first three months of 2012.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with German TV in July, 2012.


The death of four high ranking Syrian security officials and the increasingly daring assaults by the rebellion have brought the conflict to the heart of Damascus for the first time since the beginning of the popular uprising last year.


Bilateral trade between Lebanon and Syria remained remarkably stable in the first five months of this year.


The following document is a translation of an interview given by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Cumhuriyet, a Turkish daily.


The following text is the final communiqué issued by the “Action Group for Syria,” following its meeting in Geneva on June 30.

Action Group for Syria
Final Communiqué


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Iranian TV on June 28, 2012.


Unemployment in the governorate of Hassakeh, in the northeast of the country, is at 40 percent of the labour force, while more than 42 percent of households have a member of the family outside the country, according to a recent government survey.


Syrian manufacturers, along with other business sectors, are increasingly suffering from the deterioration in the political, economic and security environments.


Bilateral trade between Syria and Turkey fell 63 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period of 2011.


The number of refugees that have fled Syria to neighbouring countries has now reached 65,070 according to the United Nations refugee agency although the actual number probably dwarfs that figure.


Syria and Iran have reduced customs tariffs levied on goods exchanged between them to 4 percent starting April 28, 5 years ahead of the target.


The budget of the Damascus Governorate, one of the wealthiest in the country, will stand at around SYP 25 billion this year.


The following document is the full text of the Conclusions of the Second International Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People held in Istanbul on April 01, 2012.


The United Nations on Friday issued an appeal to raise USD 84 million to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.


Turkey announced today that it was closing its embassy in Damascus only days after the Turkish Prime Minister said that his country was on the verge of breaking diplomatic relations with its southern neighbour.


Iraq has prepared backup plans to use an old pipeline running through Syria to export its crude should the Hormuz Strait be closed, an Iraqi Government spokesman said.


The Ministry of Economy has announced that within a week it will publish a compulsory price list for key commodity items as the Government tries to calm rising anger over the continuing increase in consumer prices.


Syria’s trade with the European Union, its main commercial partner, fell 16.0 percent in 2011 on the back of a steep decline in Syrian exports of crude oil in the last quarter of the year.


The Syrian Government has raised customs tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods, reverting further a decade-old policy of trade liberalisation and risking an additional increase in consumer prices in the local market.