Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

Putin arrives in China for regional security summit, talks on Syria, Iran, energy ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing for a regional security summit and talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on Syria, Iran and energy cooperation. Putin arrived Tuesday morning and will meet with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao later in … Continue reading

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Syrian activists form ‘military coalition’ against Assad’s regime

Syrian opposition groups meeting in Istanbul on Monday announced the creation of a military coalition to boost an armed struggle against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Tribal leader Abdul-Ilah al-Melhem told the anti-regime activists who gathered in the meeting … Continue reading

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Syria sanctions talks ‘legitimate’: Carr

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr says Syria’s failure to enact the Kofi Annan peace plan means the United Nations Security Council may legitimately begin discussing sanctions. Having expelled top Syrian diplomats from Australia on Friday, Senator Carr said the most … Continue reading

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Editorial: Toppling Syria’s Assad

By: Max Boot After the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda, the world said: Never again. And there have been interventions to stop the killing — in Bosnia, Kosovo and Libya. But these have been the exception, not the norm. … Continue reading

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Editorial: Systematic Torture, Syria and the Human Body — My Father

By: Majid Rafizadeh It is difficult to talk about this, but I think we should speak up to protect the lives of other human beings. Being the son of a man who was brutally tortured by Syrian security forces, al-mukhabarat, … Continue reading

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China says Syria peace efforts at ‘crossroads’

UNITED NATIONS — China’s UN envoy said Monday that efforts to end the Syria crisis are at a “crossroads” and that government and opposition forces must halt violence. The Houla massacre has dealt a huge blow to the mediation mission … Continue reading

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Syria releases kidnapped Lebanese farmers

Syrian authorities have released two Lebanese farmers kidnapped last Wednesday by unidentified gunmen in Lebanon’s north and taken across the border into Syria, the Lebanese army said. A statement from the army said Mohammed Yassin Merei and Mahdi Hamdan had … Continue reading

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Cartoon: UN, Assad, & Syria’s Children

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Annan, Clinton to meet about Syria

Global debate over the Syrian crisis is expected to ratchet up this week, with Russian and European Union leaders tackling the thorny issue and U.N. members reassessing whether to take further action. Kofi Annan, joint envoy to Syria for the … Continue reading

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Syria rebels no longer respect truce, blame Assad

By: Oliver Holmes Syrian rebels said on Monday they were no longer bound by a U.N.-backed truce because President Bashar al-Assad had failed to observe their Friday deadline to implement the ceasefire and had only attacked government forces to defend … Continue reading

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