Daily Archives: May 6, 2012

Image: Syria’s International Observers

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OIC all set to launch humanitarian program for Syrian refugees

By: Nadeem Al-Hamid The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has set out a humanitarian program for rapid intervention to tackle the worsening condition of Syrian refugees, the group’s assistant secretary-general said yesterday. Addressing a press conference, Ata Al-Mannan Bakhit commended … Continue reading

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Syria goes to polls as deadly unrest rages

Syria goes to the polls on Monday to elect a multi-party parliament that critics say will fail to bring change to the country, riven by a deadly revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. The vote, initially scheduled for September 2011, was … Continue reading

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Missing Turk scribes to be freed soon: NGO

By:Erdem Güneş As hope rises for two Turkish journalists held in Damascus by Syrian authorities according to their relatives, a nongovernmental organization representative said the reporters were “safe and sound” and senior Iranian officials have been mediating for their release. … Continue reading

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Bombings rock Syria ahead of ‘sham’ poll

By: Anne Barker A spate of bombings in Syria’s capital Damascus and the northern city Aleppo have marred preparations for parliamentary elections that several opposition groups have already dismissed as a sham. The overnight bombing in Damascus killed three people … Continue reading

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Syrians Vote for Parliament in Polls Opposition Rejects

By: Donna Abu-Nasr Kadri Jamil took a deep puff of his cigarette before waving his hand dismissively when asked why he was a candidate for Syria’s parliamentary elections. “I have no illusions about the role or the powers of the … Continue reading

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Three killed in Damascus violence

Beirut – Three people died in violence overnight in Damascus province, one of them shot dead by regime troops and the other two killed in a blast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. A young man was … Continue reading

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Violence-hit Syria set for polls

Homs – Against a backdrop of deadly unrest, Syria is set to hold on Monday a multi-party parliamentary election which regime critics and analysts say will do little to change the autocratic country. The vote, initially scheduled for September 2011, … Continue reading

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Syria Parliamentary Elections: Syrian Opposition Urges Boycott

By: Karin Laub and Selcan Hacaoglu Beirut — President Bashar Assad’s grip on Syria is getting weaker by the day and “victory is close,” Turkey’s prime minister said Sunday in an address to thousands of cheering Syrians who fled a … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Erdogan says victory near for Syrian rebels

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told Syrian refugees on Sunday that victory for the rebels was not far off and that President Bashar al-Assad was “losing blood” by the day. Erdogan, who has tried to rally international support against the … Continue reading

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