Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Red Cross handing out aid in Syria’s Homs

Red Cross teams began handing out food and blankets in central Homs province on Sunday after days of delays, helping families who fled the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr and took shelter in nearby villages. Government forces have blocked humanitarian … Continue reading

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Regime forces fire on swelling Syria protests

Regime forces fired on protesters who took to the streets of Aleppo on Friday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria’s second city since a revolt erupted last year, a watchdog said. The Syrian Observatory for Human … Continue reading

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Canada tightens Syria sanctions, targets luxury goods

OTTAWA — Canada on Friday tightened its sanctions on Syria, targeting luxury goods believed to be coveted by President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, as well as oil exports and Syrian airwaves. “The ongoing, appalling violence perpetrated by the Assad … Continue reading

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Video: Public execution, slaughtering with knives and unclothing women in Homs, Syria [English Subtitles]

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UN Official: Presence of observers in Syria has ‘calming effect’ in areas deployed

Amid ongoing violence in parts of Syria, the presence of UN military observers on the ground has had an overall calming effect in their areas of deployment in the Middle Eastern country, the head of the UN observer force said … Continue reading

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U.N. probes possible North Korea arms trade with Syria, Myanmar

By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols A U.N. panel of experts that monitors compliance with sanctions on North Korea is investigating reports of possible weapons-related deals between Pyongyang and Syria and Myanmar, the panel said in a confidential report seen … Continue reading

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Defectors: Syrian security forces set off Damascus bombs blamed on al-Qaida

By: Martin Chulov Military defectors in northern Syria have denounced claims that al-Qaida was behind a series of deadly bombings in Damascus, contradicting the UN secretary general’s assessment that the terror group is taking a lead in the insurgency. The … Continue reading

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Head of UN mission in Syria ‘pessimistic’

The head of the UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria has given a bleak assessment of the task his team faces. Major-General Robert Mood has called on all sides to step up efforts to negotiate a peaceful solution to the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Syrian Heart Patients Set to Feel Economy’s Squeeze

By: Donna Abu-Nasr Joseph Bahri is determined to keep his pharmaceuticals factory in Damascus open, even though he’s running out of key ingredients and can’t afford to import more. “We’re doing our best not to close down,” Bahri said in an … Continue reading

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Largest protest in Aleppo since the start of the uprising, Annan to visit Syria ‘soon’

Regime forces fired on protesters in Aleppo on Friday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria’s second city since an uprising erupted last year. As many as 23 people have been killed by Syrian forces across the … Continue reading

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