Daily Archives: November 29, 2011

Eighteen killed in Syria as military operations escalate

Syrian security forces continued a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters across the country Tuesday, killing 18 people and arresting dozens, among them schoolchildren, activists said. “A total of 18 people were killed across Syria by the Syrian security forces, among … Continue reading

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Syria expels Italian Jesuit who sought interfaith harmony

The Syrian government has ordered Father Paolo dall’Oglio, a Jesuit who has sought to build harmony between Christians and Muslims, to leave the nation. “I’ve been here 30 years, I have worked at the Christian-Muslim dialogue, I have worked to … Continue reading

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Turkey raises Syria military option, Russia urges caution

By: DAREN BUTLER AND NASTASSIA ASTRASHEUSKAYA ISTANBUL/MOSCOW: Turkey on Tuesday raised the option of military intervention in neighboring Syria while Russia rejected even an arms embargo as Damascus tries to stifle anti-government protests. Highlighting divisions among foreign powers on how … Continue reading

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Lebanese claim Syria ‘terrorist’ footage a fabrication

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Seven Lebanese men on Tuesday denounced Syria’s authorities for what they said was false usage of footage filmed in 2008 to prove “terrorist” involvement in unrest rocking Syria. The seven men at a press conference in Tripoli’s … Continue reading

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Foreign Ministry advises Bulgarians to leave Syria

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry has advised Bulgarians living in or visiting Syria to leave the country, and those staying there to provide their contact information to the Bulgarian embassy in Damascus. The advisory was issued on November 28, the same day … Continue reading

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Syrian rebel ambush said to kill 3 soldiers

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebel forces ambushed an army vehicle in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and capturing two others, Syrian human rights observers said. Syria’s northern neighbour Turkey said it feared there could be an … Continue reading

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Syria: Turkey raises prospect of buffer zone for first time

Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, gave voice to contingency plans long thought to be under discussion in Ankara, but went further in adding that international action might be required. “If the oppression continues, Turkey is ready for any scenario,” … Continue reading

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Bahraini Students defy call to evacuate Syria

By Noor Toorani TWO Bahraini students are defying a government warning to leave Syria – so they can finish their studies. Hashim Haidar and Abdulaziz Al Fares are currently living in Damascus. They were contacted by diplomats after the Foreign … Continue reading

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Russia urges talks amid unrelenting Syria violence

DAMASCUS — Syrian forces pushed a deadly crackdown on dissent on Tuesday despite a damning UN report accusing them of crimes against humanity and as Russia called for a political dialogue to end the violence. Two days after the Arab … Continue reading

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Turkey ready for “any scenario” in Syria: minister

Turkey said on Tuesday it did not want military intervention in Syria but was ready for any scenario to deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on popular unrest, including setting up a buffer zone to contain any mass influx … Continue reading

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