Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Having to deal with the ‘now what?’ on Syria

By: Jill Dougherty No one in the Obama administration seems ready to say out loud that the Syria peace plan has failed, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came close. Asked whether the six-point plan on which U.N. and Arab League … Continue reading

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Raids in Syria continue amid truce deadline

Beirut, Lebanon — Syrian activists reported military attacks and arrest raids in towns across Syria today and refuted claims by the foreign minister that regime forces have begun pulling out of some areas in compliance with a U.N.-brokered truce. French … Continue reading

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UN Security Council tells Syria to focus on peace

The UN Security Council has urged Syria’s leaders to fundamentally change course, more than 24 hours before a ceasefire is due to take effect. Expressing deep concern over a report by envoy Kofi Annan, the council said it was essential … Continue reading

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Carr pledges $5m for aid to Syria

Australia will contribute a further $5 million to meet humanitarian needs in Syria as government troops continued their assault on rebels, defying a ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations. The Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr made the announcement after … Continue reading

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Syria: Troops have ‘killed 1,000 people in last eight days’

By: Tom Peterkin Claims that around 1,000 people have been killed by the Syrian government over the past eight days were made yesterday as violent clashes continued to erupt across the country. The estimate of the death toll was made … Continue reading

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‘There is no media in Syria at all’

By: Markus Ahonen Getting across the Syrian-Lebanese border is not always easy, in either direction. A man wearing a leather jacket is looking out of the window. Like many others, he has adopted a nom de guerre – Abo Galal in … Continue reading

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McCain and Lieberman meet with the Free Syrian Army

By: Josh Rogin Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman are on a surprise trip to the Turkish-Syrian border to meet with leaders of the Free Syria Army and visit Syrian refugees, who have been under attack by Syrian government forces. … Continue reading

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So much for the ceasefire: Syrian tanks keep shelling Homs after UN deadline passes as 1,000 people die in eight days

By: Julian Gavaghan and David Williams Syrian troops bombarded their own cities in blatant defiance of their promise to withdraw their forces under a UN peace plan that should have come into force yesterday. As the deadline passed, activists reported … Continue reading

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In Syria, killing goes on despite Annan plan

By: Oliver Holmes Syrian troops killed 31 people on Tuesday, pursuing a fierce assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents instead of silencing their big guns and leaving towns as promised under a fraying international peace plan. United Nations-Arab League envoy … Continue reading

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Annan ‘gravely concerned’ about Syria as deadline for pullout passes

Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, told the U.N. Security Council that he was “gravely concerned at the course of events” after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to withdraw troops from cities and towns by Tuesday’s self-imposed … Continue reading

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