Daily Archives: January 25, 2012

Red Crescent official, priest killed in Syria

A Red Crescent official and a priest were among the two dozen reported killed Wednesday in Syria, where a pro-government militia stormed neighborhoods in a city already notorious for an earlier revolt. The Red Crescent and the International Committee of … Continue reading

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Family: Syria releases American student

An Ohio-born student missing for three weeks after being detained by Syrian authorities has been released, his family announced Wednesday. Syria’s government released 21-year-old Obada Mzaik to his father Wednesday evening, said his uncle, Firas Nashef. Mzaik was taken into … Continue reading

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UN unable to update Syria death toll

The United Nations has stopped compiling a death toll for Syria’s crackdown on protests because it is too difficult to get information, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Pillay gave a toll of more than 5000 dead when she … Continue reading

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Video: Destruction of homes by Assad forces – Bab Tadmor, Homs

Assad forces and thugs use heavy artillery to destroy a 7-story building in Homs, leaving residents with no escape. The civilians who lived in this building were all killed.

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Canada wants Syria ousted from UN committee

By: Lee Berthiaume OTTAWA — Canada is working with key allies behind closed doors to have Syria expelled from a UN committee charged with investigating human rights abuses. While seen as a positive development, a Syrian opposition leader in Canada … Continue reading

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Kerry: Syria getting very close to civil war

By: Josh Rogin Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told The Cable that Syria is “pretty close” to a civil war, but declined to say that the United States should start providing material support to the opposition. “It … Continue reading

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Video: Observers exit Syria as new violence erupts

Pressure on Syria to end 10 months of bloodshed has so far produced few results. Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia have pulled out of the Arab League’s observers mission, asking the U.N. to intervene

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France, Britain join Syria peace push at U.N.

By: Mariam Karouny Arab League monitors said the withdrawal of colleagues by Gulf Arab states would not hinder their work in Syria while France and Britain Wednesday joined efforts at the United Nations to end President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. “The … Continue reading

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Russia Opposes UN Moves to Punish Syria

Russia says it will not support United Nations actions on Syria that may include sanctions or military intervention. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday moves by the U.N. Security Council against Syria, a long-time Russian ally, would be “unfair … Continue reading

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Syrian National Council to Lebanese People: Agreements between Two Countries Must Be Revised

The Syrian National Council stressed on Wednesday that it seeks to establish strong ties between Syria and Lebanon that respect the sovereignty and independence of each country. It said in an open letter to the Lebanese people: “To this end, … Continue reading

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