Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

Syria fighting persists with fewer heavy arms, last chance to avoid civil war: Kofi Annan

League mediator Kofi Annan told the Security Council on Tuesday that peace in Syria remains elusive nearly a month after a nationwide truce was announced, while Washington declared it was stepping up “non-lethal” aid to the opposition. “The level of … Continue reading

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UN: Weapons being smuggled between Lebanon, Syria

Weapons are being smuggled both ways between Lebanon and Syria, where a 14-month popular uprising has brought the country to the brink of civil war, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Syria has repeatedly said weapons are being smuggled over … Continue reading

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UN hears bleak assessment on Syria

 By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS – Arab League mediator Kofi Annan told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that peace in Syria remains elusive nearly a month after a nationwide truce was announced, while Washington declared it … Continue reading

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Top Turkish general to meet with US brass amid worsening Syria crisis

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel is slated to meet with his American counterpart, Martin Dempsey, in Washington on Wednesday, a meeting which comes as continued fighting in Syria undermines hope that a UN cease-fire plan can succeed. … Continue reading

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‘1.5 mln in Syria lack basics, number of prisoners unknown’

Fighting in parts of Syria has morphed into local guerrilla wars, the Red Cross said Tuesday, where the number of prisoners remains unknown and 1.5 million people need help getting food, water, shelter, power and sanitation. Fighting in the central … Continue reading

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Some Syria violence amounts to civil war, Red Cross says

Fighting has been so intense in parts of Syria that at times the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has qualified as a localised civil war, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday. Jakob … Continue reading

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Weapons being smuggled between Lebanon, Syria: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS – Weapons are being smuggled both ways between Lebanon andSyria, where a 14-month popular uprising has brought the country to the brink of civil war, theUnited Nations said on Tuesday. Security forces killed at least 10 people in … Continue reading

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Annan downbeat on Syria prospects

DAMASCUS – International envoy Kofi Annan gave a bleak assessment of the crisis in Syria Tuesday, saying violence remained at “unacceptable levels” and warning that his peace plan was the country’s last chance to avert a disastrous civil war. Yet … Continue reading

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Video: Up close with the Free Syrian Army

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Former checkpoint officer reports rape of a mother and daughter

A former Syrian security forces officer, now living in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, told NPR that he was working at a checkpoint when security forces officers pulled a man from his car to be interrogated, then entered the … Continue reading

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