Daily Archives: January 29, 2012

Arabs seek China, Russia help on Syria

CAIRO – Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi is fighting an uphill battle to court Russia and China to win their support at the United Nations for the latest Arab plan aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria. Russia has made … Continue reading

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Fiercest day of Syrian violence as opponents to the regime fight for change

FIERCE clashes have broken out near the Syrian capital as President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents sought to crank up the pressure for UN action after the Arab League withdrew its observers. The day’s toll of at least 80 people killed across … Continue reading

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Arab League suspends Syria mission amid violence

At least 64 people were killed in Syria on Sunday, according to an opposition activist group, as the Arab League suspended a monitoring mission designed to protect Syrian civilians from government-sponsored violence. The dead included 19 in Homs, 15 in … Continue reading

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Syria launches assault

AMMAN – More than 2,000 Syrian troops backed by tanks launched an assault to retake Damascus suburbs of Saqba, Hammouriya and Kfar Batna from rebels yesterday. Activists said 19 civilians and rebel fighters were killed as the soldiers in buses … Continue reading

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Fouad Hamdan: Ouster the only option for Syria’s Assad

I was recently asked whether I was worried about what would happen if President Bashar al-Assad’s regime collapsed. After all, the regime had been a “source of stability” in the Middle East, and might be replaced by Muslim fundamentalists. My … Continue reading

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Syria rebels in Lebanon lend support to comrades

By: Nicholas Blandford TRIPOLI, Lebanon – The sheikh, a small wiry figure with long straggly hair and an intense gaze, leaned forward proffering his cellphone.“Look, look,” he said. “This is what the Shabiha are doing to us.” The flickering video … Continue reading

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Hardline stance on Syria to inform UN resolution

By: Patrick Martin The battle over Syria’s future shifts to New York this week as the United Nations Security Council is to debate a new resolution calling for an end to the violence in that country and a move toward … Continue reading

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Syria onslaught menaces capital

 DAMASCUS/CAIRO – At least 80 people, half of them civilians, were killed across Syria and fierce clashes broke out near the Syrian capital Sunday. The intensifying crackdown has prompted President Bashar Assad’s opponents to crank up the pressure for U.N. … Continue reading

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Telling stories of Muslims and Christians in Syria

By: Stephanie Saldana Twelve years ago, I traveled to a monastery in the Syrian desert, where I met an Italian priest by the name of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio. For 20 years, he had been living in rural Syria, serving as … Continue reading

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When Syria’s women took up war cry against Assad

By: Ruth Sherlock TRIPOLI – It was the beginning of the Syrian uprising, and in the tiny village of Talkalakh, only the men were in full revolt. The crowds of husbands, sons and nephews crammed the central square, testing their … Continue reading

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