Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

Protests sweep Syria as 18 troops killed

DAMASCUS – Thousands of Syrians took part in protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Friday, testing a shaky UN ceasefire, as state media said 18 security personnel were killed in attacks. The latest violence came as peace envoy Kofi … Continue reading

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UNSC reaches deal on Syrian monitors

UNITED – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has reached a tentative accord on a resolution to send a 300-strong ceasefire observer force to Syria which could be voted Saturday, diplomats said. Russia’s UN ambassador called for a “unanimous vote” on … Continue reading

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Video: Day of Defiance in Syria

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Asma al-Assad as a hope for peace because she wears Louis Vuitton? Pah

By: Sana Saeed It seems as though the obvious, apparently, needs to be repeated again. Bear with me, it’s painstaking for me too. When Vogue infamously featured Asma al-Assad during the early period of the Syrian uprising in 2011, most … Continue reading

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Analysis: Assad foes doubt Syria truce but have few options

Barely had the first U.N. ceasefire monitors set foot on Syrian soil this week than Bashar al-Assad’s enemies were discussing the likelihood of the mission failing and warning of punitive measures against the Syrian president. The emir of Qatar gave … Continue reading

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Russia, EU circulate U.N. drafts on Syria monitors: diplomats

Russia and the European Union circulated on Friday separate draft U.N. Security Council resolutions to authorize the deployment to Syria of up to 300 more ceasefire observers and there were hopes for a vote in the coming days, diplomats said. … Continue reading

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Pressure Builds for Tougher Line as Syria Is Said to Shun Peace Plan

International pressure for a harsher line on Syria escalated Thursday, with the president of France calling the Syrian leader a liar, the American secretary of state moving a step closer to endorsing use of military force, and the head of … Continue reading

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Denmark joins UN observer mission in Syria

Danish observers will be deployed to Syria next week as part of a United Nations plan to maintain a tenuous ceasefire between the Syrian army and anti-government fighters. On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry confirmed that ten of the 30 unarmed … Continue reading

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More than 30 dead in Syria as observers avoid rallies

Thousands of Syrians protested Friday against President Bashar al-Assad and challenged the team of international observers already on the ground to monitor a cease-fire established by the plan of international envoy Kofi Annan. Despite the truce, at least 13 civilians … Continue reading

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Syrian forces fire on anti-regime protesters

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian troops fired on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, and state media reported that a roadside bomb killed 10 soldiers as the latest diplomatic efforts failed to … Continue reading

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