Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

Lost in a life outside Syria

By: Lauren Wolfe I met photojournalist Matilde Gattoni very recently on Facebook, which is to say we haven’t actually met in person. Even so, she’s already made an impression on me. Her work has a way of highlighting humanity—literally in … Continue reading

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Obama speaks with Saudi King amid Syria, Iran concerns

By: Alister Bull and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Thursday amid concerns about escalating violence in Syria and plans to widen sanctions on Iran. The White House gave no details … Continue reading

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Syria: Smell of death greets UN monitors

By: Bassem Mroue and Diaa Hadid Smouldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted UN observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa a day after President Bashar Assad’s forces overran it as … Continue reading

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Britain: Time running out for Annan’s Syria peace plan

By: Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau Britain’s U.N. envoy said on Thursday time was running out for international mediator Kofi Annan’s plan to bring peace to Syria and that the U.N. Security Council needs to take “much tougher action” to … Continue reading

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Russian helicopters en route to Syria are refurbished, not new

By: Talia Ralph The Russian attack helicopters en route to Syria that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US was “concerned” about on Tuesday are not new, but rather, were just undergoing routine maintenance, the New York Times reported … Continue reading

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Obama won’t use Russian WTO hopes as leverage on Syria, says White House

By: Olivier Knox President Barack Obama will not use Russia’s hopes to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as leverage to get Moscow to end its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said Thursday. “We support Russia’s … Continue reading

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Syria tensions between Washington and Moscow escalate

Tensions between Washington and Moscow over Syria escalated yesterday after it emerged that Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, may have indulged in a “little spin” when she charged earlier this week that Russia was delivering attack helicopters to … Continue reading

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Syria Contact Group meeting ‘expected on June 30′

Major powers are working towards holding a crisis meeting on Syria in Geneva on June 30 to try to get a tattered peace plan back on track, diplomats said on Thursday.     Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League mediator, has called … Continue reading

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Syria: Car bomb explodes in Damascus suburb

A car bomb exploded Thursday in a Damascus suburb that is home to a popular Shiite Muslim shrine, wounding at least two people, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported, while activists said regime troops continued shelling rebellious areas in central … Continue reading

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UN visits Haffa but finds it deserted and a ‘stench of dead bodies’

By: Adrian Blomfield For nearly a week reports of some of the bloodiest clashes of Syria’s 15-month uprising filtered out of Haffa. Amid allegations of regime helicopter gunships attacking the town and mass casualties on both sides, fears had mounted of a … Continue reading

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