Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

INTERVIEW-Too early to call UN Syria peace plan failure-US

By: Nick Tate It is too early to write off as a failure U.N.-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan’s efforts to bring an end to 14-months of violence in Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Video: U.N.’s Syria Cease-Fire Plan: The ‘Least-Worst Option’?

Suicide bombers struck Thursday in the heart of Syria’s capital of Damascus, killing at least 55 people and wounding at least 370. Jeffrey Brown and NPR’s Kelly McEvers, reporting from Beirut, discuss the finger pointing over who’s behind the attacks … Continue reading

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Syria’s Economy Starts to Crumble

One clear sign of Syria’s distress is the condition of its banks. Deposits fell by an average of 35 percent in 2011 at Bank of Syria & Overseas, Bank Audi Syria, and Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi, according to April filings … Continue reading

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Syria says attackers came from “well known” countries

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council on Thursday that suicide bombers who struck Damascus and killed more than 50 people came from countries “well known” to the international community, dpa reported. Jaafari did not name the … Continue reading

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Syria envoy says British, French, Belgian fighters killed

UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s UN envoy said Thursday that British, French and Belgian nationals were among foreign fighters killed in the country’s mounting conflict and that there was Al-Qaeda involvement. The ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the UN Security Council that … Continue reading

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UN condemns bomb blasts in Syria

By: Michelle Nichols NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the “terrorist attacks” in Syria on Thursday, urging all parties to the 14-month conflict to cease armed violence and comply with a UN-backed peace plan. Two suicide … Continue reading

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UN reports violence against women through raids and sexual assault

The United Nations issued a report in November 2011 on human rights abuses in Syria. Under the category of sexual violence, the UN report states the following: “Several women testified that they were threatened and insulted during house raids by … Continue reading

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Video: Assad Forces Fire Gunshots at Worshipers inside Masjid al-Falah

Assad forces shoot at worshipers inside Masjid al-Falah in Hama. The men take cover and relentlessly yell, “God is great!”

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Cartoon: Voiceless Protesters, Deaf President, Blind UN

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U.N. envoy mulling invite to Syria in wake of deadly Damascus bombings

By: Joe Sterling U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is weighing an invitation to meet with President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a senior U.N. source said Thursday, the same day that a deadly blast in Damascus drew widespread condemnation and finger-pointing … Continue reading

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