Daily Archives: April 11, 2012

West warns Syria as deadline looms

Western powers pressed Syria to adhere to a ceasefire with only hours to go before the UN-backed deadline, as North Korea’s plans for a rocket launch also raised mounting concern. Western powers pressed Syria to adhere to a ceasefire with … Continue reading

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Envoy to Syria Seeks Iranian Help as Cease-fire Deadline Nears

Many major players in the Syrian crisis consider the peace plan scheduled to reach its deadline Thursday as the final speed bump in figuring out how to get Russia to accept enough pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stop the … Continue reading

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Syria Government Informs Envoy That It Will “Cease Fighting” Thursday

Syria Government Informs Envoy That It Will “Cease All Military Fighting” On Thursday. The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, today received a letter from the Syrian Government informing him of … Continue reading

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Britain to boost Syria opposition support if no ceasefire

Britain will boost support for Syria’s opposition and seek tougher sanctions if government forces do not adhere to a ceasefire, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Wednesday. Hague spoke at a meeting of the Group of Eight powers in Washington as … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition groups says Annan plan ‘doomed,’ offers alternative

By: Ben Evansky Members of the main opposition groups in Syria have issued their own plan for ending the violence in their country, saying more than 1,200 have been killed since Kofi Annan, the U.N. and Arab League envoy, announced … Continue reading

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Syria vows to meet Annan ceasefire deadline

By: Michael Theodoulou Syria announced last night it would stop fighting in time to meet this morning’s deadline for a ceasefire brokered by Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy. But it added a highly unpromising proviso. Damascus said it … Continue reading

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US doubtful on credibility of Syria ceasefire

By: Michelle Nichols US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Wednesday Syria’s new pledge – made by Syria in a letter to Kofi Annan - to halt all fighting by dawn on Thursday holds ‘little if any credibility.’ The United States said … Continue reading

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Syrians cower in Turkish camp as bullets and fear draw closer

Syrian refugees sheltering in containers at a Turkish refugee camp at the border town of Kilis have spoken of their terror after troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead an opposition fighter within yards of their encampment.   Fleeing a … Continue reading

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Saudi, U.S. defense chiefs focus on Syria crisis at meeting in Washington

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz held talks at the Pentagon on Wednesday that focused mainly on the crisis in Syria, as the Saudi Arabia and the United States both affirmed their “strong and enduring” partnership. The meeting … Continue reading

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David Cameron: Syria used ceasefire to kill civilians

By: John Higginson At least 11 Syrians have died as David Cameron accused the country’s leader of ‘cynically exploiting’ an impending ceasefire to kill his people. Civilians and resistance fighters were killed in the central city of Homs as shelling … Continue reading

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