Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Syria Resumes Shelling, Rejecting U.N. Rebuke

By: Neil MacFarquhar BEIRUT, Lebanon — Life has become increasingly unbearable in Homs, a city under fierce bombardment by the Syrian government, with residents recounting days of deprivation, rockets and tank shells exploding around them and efforts to bribe government … Continue reading

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Syria’s Assad calls for vote but steps up assault

As Syrian forces stepped up their assault Wednesday on rebellious cities, President Bashar al-Assad ordered a referendum on a new constitution that would create a multiparty system in a country that has been ruled by his autocratic family dynasty for … Continue reading

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France’s Syrian aid ‘corridors’ on course for UN dead end

By: Ian Black France’s latest call for creating “humanitarian corridors” in Syria is unlikely to win support at the United Nations because it would require military intervention of the kind that has been all but ruled out by western countries … Continue reading

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Switzerland Closes Its Embassy in Syria

Switzerland has decided to close its embassy in Damascus and called on all Swiss citizens to immediately leave Syria, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter told RSR radio station. Burkhalter said that “the embassy will be closed in the coming days,” … Continue reading

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The Assads of Syria: Like father, like son

By: Thomas L. Friedman Watching the Syrian Army pummel the Syrian town of Homs to put down the rebellion there against the regime of President Bashar Assad is the remake of a really bad movie that starred Bashar’s father, Hafez, … Continue reading

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Russia Open to UN Role to Halt Syria Violence, Lavrov Says

The United Nations can play a role in bringing the Syrian conflict to a halt as long as outside intervention isn’t imposed and opposition fighters also agree to a cease-fire, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Russia is willing to … Continue reading

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Egypt firmly backs Syria change but not from outside

Egypt called on Wednesday for change in Syria that met its people’s demands, Cairo’s strongest language yet on the crisis, though it ruled out supporting outside military intervention. Egypt has backed Arab League resolutions demanding President Bashar al-Assad step aside … Continue reading

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Syria’s Assad offers vote, tanks shell rebel areas

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered on Wednesday to hold multi-party elections within four months, while his troops assaulted city districts held by rebels trying to oust him. Under world pressure to end a crackdown that has cost at least 6,000 … Continue reading

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US closely watching Syrian chemical weapons

The U.S. and its allies are closely monitoring Syria’s large stockpiles of chemical arms and portable anti-aircraft missiles, a State Department official said Wednesday, amid concerns that the country’s unconventional weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist or militant … Continue reading

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Can the UN quell Syria’s unrest?

As violence in the country escalates, we examine the Arab League’s proposal for UN peacekeepers to be deployed. Syria has rejected a call by the Arab League for a joint UN peacekeeping force to be stationed in the country. The … Continue reading

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