Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

PM: ‘Principles agreed’ over Syria

Key players in the Syria crisis have reached agreement on the “key principles” of a way forward towards political transition in the troubled Middle Eastern state, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. Crucially, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a long-time Syrian … Continue reading

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Syria remains mired in conflict as Egypt evolves

By: Allan Massie It is no surprise Arab uprisings have resulted in disappointment, and now the outcomes of two power struggles could prove very different, writes Allan Massie The optimism generated by the enthusiastic and idealistic young people who thronged … Continue reading

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Filipinos ‘being tricked into working in Syria’

Scores of “gullible” Filipinos are being tricked into going to work in Syria each month despite an official ban on travel to the violence-wracked country, the Philippine government said yesterday. The Filipinos, mostly women who go and work as maids, … Continue reading

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UN weighs future of mission in Syria

DAMASCUS – The UN Security Council was to examine the future of its observer mission in violence-wracked Syria yesterday as civilians remained pinned down by regime shelling of rebel strongholds. The mission’s leader Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, whose 300 unarmed … Continue reading

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Obama hopes US, China can cooperate on Syria

LOS CABOS, Mexico – President Barack Obama says he hopes he and President Hu Jintao of China can find a “cooperative approach” to end the bloodshed in Syria. Obama was meeting with Hu on the sidelines of a G20 summit. … Continue reading

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US should offer Turkey support for action against Assad regime in Syria

ISTANBUL – Turkey and the United States share strategic interests on Syria and on a range of regional developments linked to the situation in Syria, US Republican Senator John McCain has said, urging Washington to seek “closer than ever” cooperation … Continue reading

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Syria, Russia and Iran

By: Amanda Paul Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, recently told the UN Security Council that the UN monitors in Syria were like “300 sitting ducks in a shooting gallery, one IED away from a disaster.” Therefore, the … Continue reading

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HRW reports sexual violence by pro-Assad forces in Syria

By: Dominique Soguel Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are using sexual violence against men, women and children in detention and during raids in opposition strongholds, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday. “Sexual violence in detention … Continue reading

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Monitors to stay in Syria, U.N. says

The U.N. monitoring mission in Syria will remain in place for now despite its activities being halted due to rising violence, its leaders said Tuesday. Security Council members huddled behind closed doors with the mission’s leader, Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert … Continue reading

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US adds Syria to human trafficking blacklist

By: Bradley Klapper WASHINGTON  – The Obama administration on Tuesday added Syria to the list of countries that could face U.S. sanctions for not doing enough to combat trafficking. Sixteen other nations were included among those not even making significant … Continue reading

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