Antakya’s Uzun Çarşı, a historic covered bazaar, was partially destroyed during the Feb. 6 earthquakes. Workers have cleared much of the debris from walkways and shopkeepers have reopened, sometimes directly across from piles of rubble.

In Turkey’s hardest-hit province, earthquake survivors adapt to a life without buildings

Natural disasters

Six months after twin earthquakes devastated southern Turkey and northern Syria, the residents who remain are carving out a life amid the rubble.

People who lost their houses in the devastating earthquake, lineup to receive aid supplies at a makeshift camp, in Iskenderun city, southern Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023.

‘Assad can’t clean up his act with a natural disaster,’ US Amb. to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield says

Global Politics
Zehra Kurukafa walks past a destroyed house in the village of Polat, Turkey, Feb. 12, 2023.

Turkey earthquake survivors face despair, as rescues wane

Natural disasters
people search through rubble

‘There were screams everywhere’: Residents of northwest Syria grapple with quake aftermath

Natural disasters
Men remove debris as they search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Feb. 6, 2023.

After deadly quake in Turkey, rescue teams struggle to help amid frigid temps

Natural disasters
soldiers in a tank

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

Conflict & Justice

Human rights groups warn that a Turkish invasion could trigger a new exodus of refugees, and worsen an already dire humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.

overhead view of destroyed city

Jackie Chan is producing a movie in Syria. Some Syrians are outraged.

Conflict & Justice

Jackie Chan, known for his action movies, martial arts and acrobatic fighting style, is producing a new film called “Home Operation.” This one though, is not set in Tokyo or LA, but in the leveled and destroyed town of Al-Hajar al-Aswad on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. The news has outraged some Syrians who say their destroyed homes are not props for foreign film productions.

Syrian authorities display Captagon pills, in rural Damascus, Syria

Syria’s descent into a narco state


The World’s Carol Hills spoke with Natasha Hall, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about Syria’s drug trade and the country’s descent into a narco state status. 

Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers hold a position in Hassakeh, northeast Syria, Jan. 27, 2022.

A prison battle in Syria puts the spotlight on the plight of child detainees

Conflict & Justice

For years, human rights groups and families of the detainees have called for the repatriation of these prisoners, but this has become a highly political issue because home countries refuse to take them back.

Medical workers carry a patient infected with the coronavirus on a stretcher at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital, in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, Sept. 20, 2021. 

‘I can barely buy bread’: In war-torn Syria, fighting the coronavirus is compounded by immense challenges


Tackling the coronavirus pandemic is challenging even for the most sophisticated medical systems in the world. But in Syria, it’s been compounded by an ongoing civil war.