Daily Archives: May 2, 2012

UN mission chief expects 100 more observers in Syria soon

Head of the UN observer mission in Syria said Wednesday he is expecting more than 100 international observers to arrive in Syria in the next days to monitor the crumbling ceasefire, Xinhua reported. Major General Robert Mood said that currently … Continue reading

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U.S. Treasury official visits Mideast over sanctions on Syria, Iran

Senior U.S. Treasury official is leaving for the Middle East on Thursday over sanctions against Syria and Iran and anti-money laundering efforts, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported. In his current 12-day trip, Assistant Secretary of Treasury for … Continue reading

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Chess Leader Visits Syria Under Cloud of Ambiguity

The president of the World Chess Federation, an eccentric Russian millionaire who last year tried to negotiate a settlement in Libya’s civil war, has again shown up for talks with a faltering dictator. The federation president, Kirsan N. Ilyumzhinov, a … Continue reading

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Video: Syria War Crimes

Syria: War Crimes in Idlib During Peace Negotiations Executions, Destruction of Property, and Arbitrary Detentions http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/02/syria-war-crimes-idlib-during-peace-negoti… While diplomats argued over details of Annan’s peace plan, Syrian tanks and helicopters attacked one town in Idlib after another. Everywhere we went, we … Continue reading

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Journalism group cites censorship in 10 countries

By: Eileen Powell NEW YORK — The Horn of Africa nation Eritrea leads the world in imposing censorship on the media, followed closely by North Korea, Syria and Iran, a journalism group said Wednesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists said … Continue reading

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Syria UN Boss Says Monitor Team Growing Fast

By: Time Marshall The man leading the UN monitor mission to Syria has told Sky News he expects to have more than 100 observers in the country within the next few days. Speaking in his first TV interview since arriving … Continue reading

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UN says Syrian army still using heavy weapons

Syrian security forces have kept heavy weapons in cities in breach of a UN-brokered cessation of hostilities, but the government and opposition both have committed truce violations, a top UN official has said. The 24 unarmed military observers now in … Continue reading

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Syria imported weapons worth $168m in 2010, says Oxfam

By: Nick Hopkins The Syrian government imported $167m-worth of air defence systems and missiles and a further $1m of small arms and ammunition in the months before it began a crackdown on opposition activists, a report claims. The charity Oxfam … Continue reading

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Syria army suffers deadliest day since ceasefire

Syria’s army reportedly suffered its deadliest day since the ceasefire when rebel fighters killed 20 troops, in the latest violation of the three-week truce the UN says both sides are flouting. The rebels killed 15 soldiers – including two colonels … Continue reading

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Amid unrest, Syrians struggle to feed their families

By: Alice Fordham BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to feed their families in the parts of Syria hardest hit by violence, activists and aid workers say, with access to food cut off by ruined infrastructure, … Continue reading

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