Daily Archives: March 26, 2012

The U.S. can make all the difference in Syria

By: Richard Cohen For more than a year now, the best minds in Washington have assured me (and you) that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is about to fall. These assurances are always delivered with great confidence, winks and … Continue reading

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Turkey closes its embassy in Syria

Video showed towering flames and thick black smoke billowing from at least two locations in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, which has become the epicentre for the year-long revolt. Residents accused the army of indiscriminate shelling. “Every day the shelling goes … Continue reading

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Summit to urge Syria handover

Arab leaders will not call on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to step down at a summit in Iraq but will support Syrian-led transfer of power, Iraq’s foreign minister said yesterday. Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said the summit is also … Continue reading

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Embassies shut in bid to further isolate Syria

Turkey and Norway have closed their embassies in Syria, further isolating president Bashar al-Assad, whose forces bombarded the battered city of Homs yesterday with mortars in an effort to quell unrest. Videos showed towering flames and thick black smoke billowing … Continue reading

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Syria refugee recalls family’s harrowing escape to Jordan

A woman who fled with her four children this month is among a growing number of Syrians who brave snipers to reach Jordan. About 80,000 Syrians have fled there. Reporting from Amman, Jordan— Um Eddine shudders as she describes the … Continue reading

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Syria offers new response to Annan’s proposals

* Special envoy seeks release of people detained during uprising * Says only Syrians can determine Assad’s fate * Syrian parliament urges Assad to adjourn May 7 elections GENEVA/DAMASCUS – Syria has responded afresh to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan … Continue reading

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Turkey and Norway Shut Embassies in Syria

By: Anne Barnard BEIRUT, Lebanon — Turkey and Norway closed their embassies in Syria on Monday and ordered all diplomatic staff withdrawn in response to the government’s harsh repression of the year-old uprising, as opposition activists reported a new spasm … Continue reading

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Syria… A gigantic prison

By: Tariq Alhomayed The UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has received the Assad regime’s response to his six-point proposal, but he is yet to disclose the content of this response. Likewise, we do not know whether the … Continue reading

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Is the UN turning its back on Syria? Kofi Annan visits Moscow and says it’s up to the Syrians to solve crisis

By: Jill Reilly – ‘It’s not up to me, it’s up to the Syrians,’ said the United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria – Turkey, once one of Syria’s closest allies, closed its embassy in Damascus today  Kofi Annan, … Continue reading

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Annan woos China to end Syria impasse

BEIJING, China – International envoy Kofi Annan has just won backing from Russia for his Syrian mediation efforts but still faces tough questions from China, which opposes interference in the restive nation. Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, is … Continue reading

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