Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Syria agrees to extend Arab observer mission

DAMASCUS — Syria has agreed to extend a widely criticised Arab League observer mission for a second month, just hours after launching an angry tirade against the bloc’s efforts to mediate in the crisis. League officials had warned that the … Continue reading

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Syria, Bahrain, Yemen get worst ever press freedom ranking

PARIS: Syria, Bahrain, Yemen received their worst ever press freedom ranking Wednesday in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) index for 2011, a tumultuous year that saw the downfall of several Arab dictators. Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan came right at the … Continue reading

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How the Arab League Can Save Syria

By: Kate Seelye The Arab League observer mission to Syria—sent under an agreement with the Syrian government to withdraw forces from the cities, release all political prisoners and allow monitors and journalists free movement throughout the country—has utterly failed and … Continue reading

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Video: Inside the World of a Monitor in Syria

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Gulf countries pull support for Arab League’s Syria mission

The Arab League was in disarray last night after a coalition of Gulf nations withdrew their support for its beleaguered Syria observer mission and endorsed a United Nations solution. Members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), a regional body that … Continue reading

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Syria, Bahrain, Yemen get worst ever press freedom ranking

PARIS – Syria, Bahrain, Yemen received their worst ever press freedom ranking Wednesday in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) index for 2011, a tumultuous year that saw the downfall of several Arab dictators. Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan came right at … Continue reading

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Syria: Crackdown on protesters will continue

Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that “half the universe” is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of violence. International pressure is building … Continue reading

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U.N. envoys slam Russia for selling weapons to Syria

By: Louis Charbonneau Britain, France and the United States sharply criticized Russia on Tuesday for supplying weapons to Syria, where government forces have killed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators over the last 10 months. “We are concerned about the supply of … Continue reading

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Syria Releases Seized Lebanese Fishing Boat

Syrian authorities on Tuesday released a Lebanese fishing boat the Syrian navy had seized on Saturday after an incident in which a 14-year-old Lebanese boy was killed and two sailors were arrested. A Syrian fishing boat, escorted by Syrian coastguards, … Continue reading

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FM says Syria has duty to confront armed groups

By: Zeina Akram BEIRUT – Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that “half the universe” is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of … Continue reading

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