Daily Archives: April 12, 2012

Diplomats: Annan urges Syria troop withdrawal

By: Edith Lederer UNITED NATIONS  — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that despite the fragile cease-fire in Syria, the government has failed to implement the council demand that it withdraw troops and heavy weapons … Continue reading

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G-8 nations warn on Syria, Iran, North Korea

By: Matthew Lee WASHINGTON — At a critical time in international diplomacy, the world’s leading industrialized democracies on Thursday demanded that Syria comply with all portions of a U.N.-backed plan to end more than a year of deadly violence and … Continue reading

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Watson: Syrians crawling through barbed wire to escape

By: Ashley Fantz On Thursday, CNN correspondent Ivan Watson was at a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. About 150 feet away, a barbed-wire fence marked the border. For hours, he watched Syrians, whole families even, crawl through a hole in … Continue reading

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Syria ceasefire: five potential stumbling blocks

By: Ian Black If Kofi Annan’s plan fails, the UN security council will lose patience and get tougher with President Bashar al-Assad. Opposition demonstrations If the ceasefire holds – a big if – the Syrian opposition will test the Annan … Continue reading

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Business as usual in Damascus as ceasefire falls

By: Phil Sands DAMASCUS, Syria – This city has not yet been hit with violence of the scale that other Syrian cities have suffered – the artillery barrages in Homs, the tank assaults in Hama – so it is perhaps no … Continue reading

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Annan tells U.N. Syria hasn’t fully met truce terms

By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council on Thursday that Syria has not fully complied with the terms of his peace plan but called for the swift deployment of a U.N. truce-monitoring force to the country, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Revolutions: Syrian Refugees in Libya Compare Uprisings

By: Abigail Hauslohner BENGHAZI, Libya – He has purple, bruise-like depressions beneath his eyes. She stares at the floor. The faces of their three young children are covered in mosquito bites. Together, they sit on a pair of thin, donated … Continue reading

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Russia pressured over Syria

By: Natasha Doff Pressure mounted on Russia this week to support stronger action against Syrian President Bashar Assad amid concerns that a UN peace plan for the war-torn Middle Eastern state was doomed to fail. Reports from Syria on Thursday … Continue reading

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Syria: Activist ‘Bravely Raises Rebel Flag In Damascus’ Amid Fragile Ceasefire

By: Dina Rickman A Syrian opposition activist has raised the flag of independence in Damascus as a fragile ceasefire came into force, more than a year after a brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters began. The Revolution Leadership Council of Damascus, a … Continue reading

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Fight against Assad just begun, Syrians in Turkey say

By: Erika Solomon and Evrim Ergin REYHANLI, Turkey – Refugees who have crossed the Turkish border say the shaky ceasefire in Syria has done nothing to convince them that the year-long revolt against President Bashar al-Assad is over. “The killing in Syria hasn’t even … Continue reading

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