Monthly Archives: January 2012

Russia Says UN Resolution Would Put Syria on Path to Civil War

Russia is warning that a Western and Arab effort to push the U.N. Security Council into adopting a resolution on Syria will put that nation on a path to civil war. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Tuesday the … Continue reading

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Gulfsands finds more oil in Syria

Oil firm Gulfsands Petroleum said it had found more oil at a well it is drilling in Syria, as its exploration activities in the country continue despite the escalating uprising. The British company, whose main operations are in Syria, said … Continue reading

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Syria’s fate sealed, Turkish president says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ignored repeated pleas from Turkey to reform, the Turkish president said, lamenting that Syria is now on a path of no return. “Some think that we want war in Syria. Turkey has done everything in … Continue reading

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U.N. Resolution Vows No Forces in Syria

By: Bassem Mrou and Lee Keath A draft United Nations resolution on Syria calls for President Bashar Assad to hand power to his deputy and insists there will be no use of foreign forces in the country. The draft text, … Continue reading

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Almost 100 die in Syria on Monday

A surge of violence in Syria on Monday, mostly in the flashpoint Homs region, killed almost 100 people, including 55 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The violence, which also saw 25 soldiers killed, marks one of the … Continue reading

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France’s Juppe doubtful of chances of UN breakthrough on Syria

Paris – French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe expressed doubt Tuesday that Western powers would be able to win Russia over to a draft UN resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Speaking to Europe 1 radio before … Continue reading

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Syria: David Cameron accuses Russia of ‘shielding those with blood on their hands’

By: Damien McElroy David Cameron last night accused Russia of “shielding those with blood on their hands” as it tried to head off a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding President Bashar al-Assad of Syria relinquish power. Speaking at a … Continue reading

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U.S. seeks to allay Russia concerns on UN plan on Syria

By: Matt Spetalnick (Reuters) – The United States is seeking to overcome Russian objections to a proposed U.N. resolution against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by allaying concerns it could open the door to a Libya-style military intervention in Syria, a senior … Continue reading

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Syria criticizes ‘aggressive’ statements by West; Russia urged to stop backing Assad

Damascus has slammed what it termed “aggressive” statements made by the United States and other Western nations ahead of a U.N. Security Council session on the spiraling violence in the country, as the Syrian opposition urged Russia stop covering for … Continue reading

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Syrian Forces Battle Ahead of U.N. Talks

By: Nour Malas, Joe Lauria, and Gregory L. White Gunfire and explosions rocked Damascus suburbs Monday, activists said, as Syria’s military widened an offensive to reclaim a belt around the capital where it has fought rebel troops for four days. … Continue reading

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