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Homs National Gatherings

Over the past few weeks, people have been staging various national activities and gatherings throughout Homs countryside. These events are not organized as usual to honor martyrs, who are the noblest of all men, but rather an expression of overwhelming joy and staunch support for holding the presidential elections.

A lot of people gather in this place that they call the National Gathering tent. The remarkable national flags adorn these gatherings and music of the patriotic songs filled the place.

"Story of My Homeland"

DAMASCUS,(ST)-With the aim of highlighting the aesthetic values of the Syrian touristic locations, the ministry of tourism launched a competition on short films and photography under the title " Story of My homeland".

Director of Promotion in the ministry, Bassam Barsik, was quoted as saying :"He who is interested in participating at the competition has to present a short promotional touristic film of 3-4 minutes. First and foremost, the film must shed light on the beautiful aspects of touristic, archaeological or religious and touristic sites, markets and traditional handicrafts.

Athletic Festival in Sports City in Lattakia in support of President Bashar al-Assad

LATTAKIA,(ST)_ Sports Union in Lattakia held a varied athletic festival in support of the constitutional entitlement, and renewal of allegiance to the President Bashar al-Assad,and in support of the brave Syrian Arab Army.

The carnival included sports shows in gymnastics, martial arts and acrobatic movements,in addition to the sections of poetry and dance athletic artistry shows.

 The strongest show was the taekwondo team show,where he introduced two artistic performances displaying terrorism on the Syrian land and how it is by strength and determination of the Syrian Arab Army will be defeated.

Al-Jaafari: Hysteria Plaguing Western, Arab Capitals because of Syria's Decision to Hold Presidential Elections

 NEW YORK- A kind of hysteria has plagued Western and Arab capitals since Syria announced its decision to organize the presidential elections and it is now hitting the United Nations circles, Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations has said.

In a statement to Al-Ikhbariyah Syria TV yesterday, al-Jaafari said that "France has pushed towards obtaining a western-backed anti-Syria UN resolution aiming to refer Syria's file to the International Criminal Court."

Foreign Ministry: Terrorist Groups Obstruct Work of Fact-finding Mission

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed that based on Syria’s cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and commitment to agreeing to receive fact-finding mission on the allegations of using chlorine gas, the competent authorities ensured security protection for members of this mission in the areas under the control of the Syria forces.

In a statement yesterday, the ministry explained that on 27.05.2014, the mission team was informed an approval to a cease-fire in the area in Kafr Zeta in north of rural Hama, as from eight o'clock in the morning until six o'clock evening to facilitate the work of this mission and after the arrival of a team which is consisted of four UN SUV cars at Taiba Imam village, the Syrian side  informed team that is not possible to provide protection to them after this point.

Mikdad: Syria Fights Terrorism, army targets terrorists responsible for killing the Syrian People

Damascus, (ST) - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Dr. Faisal al-Miqdad stressed that Syria fights terrorism on its territory and the Syrian Army controls the battle which is not over yet, pointing out that Syria is currently witnessing a national reconciliation program,that will achieve victory against terrorism.

Miqdad said in an interview with the US Time Magazine that, " the message of the presidential elections candidates in Syria is to stop killing, terrorism and foreign interference and then think of a way of reconstruction, as slogans of the candidates‘s election campaigns."

Syrian Arab Army Kills Dozens of Terrorists Outside Damascus

PROVINCES,(ST)_Army units have warded off infiltration bids into garrisons outside Daraa and Idleb provinces, clashed with terrorists on Damascus-Palmyra highway and eliminated dozens of terrorists outside Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.

According to military sources, terrorists tried today to infiltrate into garrisons on the outskirts of Jabal al-Arbaeen and near Mo'ataram town outside Idleb province and into al-Jedyeh town in Daraa countryside, but the army units foiled the infiltration bids and killed many terrorists.

More terrorists were eliminated as the army units shelled terrorist groupings in several restive areas in the same province [Idleb and Daraa] and outside Homs province.