Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

U.N. observer team evacuated from Syrian town escape deadly violence

United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Wednesday said U.N. observers monitoring the violence in Syria were evacuated from a tense town a day after a blast hit their convoy. Syrian troops were accused by activists of another massacre when … Continue reading

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U.S. in waiting game on Syria

Fifteen months into the crisis in Syria, and the Obama administration is, as one U.S. official describes it, in “a holding pattern,” waiting for Russia to abandon its support for President Bashar al-Assad, waiting for sanctions to topple the economy … Continue reading

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Syria sugar refineries paralyzed by crisis

By: Jonathan Saul, David Brough LONDON – Escalating violence in Syria has slowed sugar refining to a virtual standstill, with smuggling set to rise as Western sanctions hobble trade finance and disrupt imports of the staple sweetener, trade sources said. … Continue reading

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Iran supplying Syria with arms despite UN sanctions: panel

Syria remains the top destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a UN Security Council ban on weapons exports by the Islamic Republic, according to a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Iran, like Russia, … Continue reading

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Kidnapped or rescued? UN monitors meet Syria rebels

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT – Syrian rebels delivered six U.N. ceasefire monitors caught up in attack that killed at least 21 civilians to U.N. colleagues yesterday, a rebel commander said. “We gave the six with their cars to a U.N. convoy near the … Continue reading

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Nations that ‘sow chaos’ in Syria will suffer: Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that countries trying to “sow chaos” in Syria could be infected with it themselves, an apparent warning to Arab Gulf nations that back the insurgency aimed at forcing him from power. Assad’s remarks, … Continue reading

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U.N. experts say Syria snubs demands on torture

GENEVA – A U.N. committee says the Syrian government has snubbed its demand for a report on torture. The Committee Against Torture said the Syrians skipped a meeting Wednesday and failed to report on whether it is complying with a … Continue reading

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UN monitors in Syria evacuated from town

A team of international observers was evacuated on Wednesday from a tense town in northern Syria a day after their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, a UN spokesman said. The team’s vehicles were struck by the blast on … Continue reading

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Iran still shipping arms to Syria, UN report finds

Iran, like Russia, is one of Syria’s few allies as it presses ahead with a 14-month old assault on opposition forces determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The confidential report, seen by Reuters, said there were three seizures of … Continue reading

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15 civilians ‘summarily executed’ in Syria’s Homs: NGO

At least 15 civilians were “summarily executed” by regime forces in a neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday. “After regime forces raided the neighborhood of Shammas, 15 civilians … Continue reading

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