Daily Archives: May 20, 2012

U.S. tells G8 Syria’s Assad must go, cites Yemen as model

President Barack Obama told G8 leaders meeting at Camp David that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave power, and pointed to Yemen as a model of how political transition could work there, the White House said on Saturday. The Group … Continue reading

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UN to bolster Syria observer mission

The head of the UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria has given a bleak assessment of the task his team faces as UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged to accelerate the deployment of additional observers. Major-General Robert Mood has called on … Continue reading

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More than 60 killed in Syria despite presence of U.N. monitors

More than 60 people were killed nationwide in Syria on Sunday, including at least 34 people in central Hama province, which came under heavy army shelling for hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. “Thirty-four people were killed under … Continue reading

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Bomb detonates near UN observers in Syria

A roadside bomb has exploded in a suburb of Damascus as senior UN officials toured the area, the latest incident in which the unarmed observer mission has nearly been caught up in Syria’s bloodshed. The UN said there were no … Continue reading

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Syria: RPG explodes yards away from UN monitoring chief

The convoy was carrying Maj Gen Robert Mood, the head of the UN mission, and Herve Ladsous, its peacekeeping chief, but no one was hurt in the explosion. Maj Gen Mood’s vehicle was at an army checkpoint in the Douma … Continue reading

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Syrian army shells town in Hama region

The Syrian army has killed 16 people, including children, during shelling in the town of Souran in the central province of Hama, the British-based rights group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. “The army shelled the town and then … Continue reading

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Syria attacks kill 33, opposition says

At least 33 more people were killed Sunday in Syria’s 14-month-old crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, a leading opposition group reported. A total of 21 deaths were in the northwestern city of Hama, where reported heavy shelling … Continue reading

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Bomb explodes during UN visit in Syria

By: Albert Aji DAMASCUS, Syria — A roadside bomb exploded in a restive suburb of the Syrian capital as senior U.N. officials toured the area on Sunday, the latest incident in which the unarmed observer mission has nearly been caught … Continue reading

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Army kills Sunni cleric in Lebanon

TRIPOLI - Army troops shot dead a Sunni cleric on Sunday when his convoy failed to stop at a checkpoint in north Lebanon, the scene of deadly clashes linked to the uprising in Syria, a security official said. He told AFP that … Continue reading

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Syrian official denies reports of high-level assassinations

By: Rima Marrouch AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim Shaar on Sunday denied reports that a rebel operation had killed him and five other high-ranked security and political officials. “I’m speaking from my office at the … Continue reading

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