Daily Archives: June 18, 2012

Obama and Putin discuss Syria

President Barack Obama said Monday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and “agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil … Continue reading

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Russia readies marines for Syria mission

Russia is preparing to send marines to Syria in the event that it needs to protect personnel and remove equipment from its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus, Interfax news agency reported on Monday. Syria is Moscow’s firmest … Continue reading

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Syria Shells Homs as Russia Is Reported Ready to Send Naval Ships

BEIRUT—Syrian forces shelled the central city of Homs on Monday during a fierce offensive to root out rebels as the country’s most important ally, Russia, appeared to show growing concern over President Bashar al-Assad’s future. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported … Continue reading

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After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

By: Deborah Amos Syria has expelled an Italian Jesuit priest for his outspoken criticism of the government’s crackdown on a popular uprising. The Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio has lived in Syria for 30 years, helping to restore a 1,000-year-old monastery that … Continue reading

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Russia Says ‘Extremely Necessary’ UN Resumes Syria Mission

By: Marina Sysoyeva It is “extremely necessary” to resume the United Nations observer mission in Syria on condition of its full safety there, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website today. The resumption of the mission’s work requires “corresponding measures” from … Continue reading

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Syrian activists report renewed shelling in Homs

By: Elizabeth Kennedy Beirut – Syrian forces shelled the central city of Homs on Monday during a fierce offensive to root out rebels as the country’s most important ally, Russia, appeared to show growing concern over President Bashar Assad’s future. … Continue reading

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West avoiding action in Syria, blaming Russia

By: Zeina Karam The U.S. has spent months disparaging Russia for blocking strong U.N. action against Syria and standing by President Bashar Assad as his forces lay waste to rebellious cities. But in many ways, Russia’s stance is convenient for … Continue reading

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Erdoğan meets with Putin, Obama for Syria’s new roadmap

ANKARA, Turkey – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama on Monday and Tuesday on the sidelines of a G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, with the three leaders … Continue reading

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Activists fear massacre as Syrian troops encircle Homs

By: Adrian Blomfield A vast pro-government force was said to have surrounded Homs yesterday (Sunday) as the opposition warned that the withdrawal of UN observers from Syria’s streets had paved the way for a massacre in the city. The Syrian … Continue reading

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Report: Russia to send marines to Syria

By: Vladimir Isachenkov MOSCOW, Russia — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation’s base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow’s growing … Continue reading

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