Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

‘Flower of Damascus’ recalls the Assad regime’s brutality

By: Janet Bagnall Yaman Qadri, an enchanting-looking Syrian teenager, would like us, as part of the international community, to keep pressuring the Assad regime in Syria to open the door to freedom and democracy. She is speaking as someone who … Continue reading

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U.N. monitors prepare to visit Damascus suburbs and Homs

The United Nations monitoring mission continued in Syria as observers prepared to visit Damascus suburbs and Homs on Tuesday said its spokesman. Neeraj Singh, spokesman for the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), informed reporters of the observers’ travel … Continue reading

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US, Syrian Kurds meet to streamline opposition to Assad

WASHINGTON — Top US officials are meeting in Washington this week with Syrian Kurdish leaders in a bid to build a “more cohesive opposition” to President Bashar al-Assad, the State Department said Tuesday. Robert Ford, the ambassador who left his … Continue reading

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Kofi Annan says Syrian torture may be worsening

By: Richard Spencer Kofi Annan, whose six-point peace plan is being monitored by a team of United Nations observers in the country, told the security council that a reduction in military operations was “not meaningful if replaced by other forms … Continue reading

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U.N. hears bleak assessment of Annan’s Syria peace push

By: Louis Charbonneau U.N.-Arab 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 … Continue reading

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Nearly 12,000 killed in Syria revolt

BEIRUT — Nearly 12,000 people, the majority of them civilians, have been killed in Syria since the outbreak in March 2011 of a revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, a watchdog said Tuesday. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the … Continue reading

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UN envoy says world must prevent civil war in Syria

International mediator Kofi Annan said on Tuesday the world cannot allow Syria to descend into full-scale civil war and that the day may come to take a “different tack” than his peace plan. Annan, speaking to reporters in Geneva after … Continue reading

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Mass displacements in Syria, ICRC says

Tens of thousands of Syrians are displaced by a crisis entering its second year with few signs of relief, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The ICRC issued an appeal for $27 million to support its efforts in … Continue reading

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Kofi Annan: Continued violence in Syria could lead to civil war

Kofi Annan, the international envoy for Syria, said Tuesday that the current “unacceptable” levels of violence in Syria could lead the country into a civil war, the “consequences of which would be quite frightening”, DPA reported Annan said the deployment … Continue reading

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UN envoy says world must prevent civil war in Syria

GENEVA: International mediator Kofi Annan said on Tuesday the world cannot allow Syria to descend into full-scale civil war and that the day may come to take a “different tack” than his peace plan. Annan, speaking to reporters in Geneva … Continue reading

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