Daily Archives: June 29, 2012

U.S., Russia discuss Syria ahead of Geneva conference

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The top U.S. and Russian diplomats failed Friday to bridge their differences over Syria on the eve of a landmark multinational conference that had been designed to sign off on a plan to ease Syrian President Bashar Assad … Continue reading

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Detainee reports being tortured in Latakia

A Human Rights Watch report issued on June 15, 2012, documents cases of sexualized violence in detention and home raids that occurred primarily between March 2011 and March 2012. “Salim,” who told HRW that he was detained at the Political … Continue reading

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At Syria’s border, after months of waiting, the weapons arrive

By: Martin Chulov The guerillas of northern Syria are waiting for another special delivery. When it comes, any day now, it will make the same journey as the two previous shipments that have made their way here, across crop fields … Continue reading

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Clinton and Lavrov set for showdown over Syria transition plan

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were heading for a face-to-face showdown over Syria on Friday as major powers prepared for a weekend conference to hash out a political transition plan for the … Continue reading

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Syrian tanks ‘amass on border’ as Assad threatens opposition

The claim by Gen Mustafa al-Sheikh, head of the FSA’s military council, could not be independently confirmed, but it suggested that the Syrian army was responding to a Turkish military build-up on the border. It could represent a significant escalation … Continue reading

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Syria’s widows: Hungry and homeless, but undefeated

By: Tara Sutton With criminals and rebels helping them on their way, Syria’s army of refugees marches by night, in single file and silence, towards the Jordanian border. More than 140,000 desperate people, many of them women and children, have … Continue reading

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Analysts Pessimistic About Syria Crisis Talks

On the eve of ministerial talks on Syria, International envoy Kofi Annan says he is optimistic about achieving an acceptable outcome. But, negative comments from Russia and the Syrian government about Annan’s proposed transitional plan for Syria indicate many difficulties … Continue reading

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Amnesty warns against Syria ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’

Amnesty International on Friday urged world leaders at a Geneva conference on the Syrian conflict not to sacrifice human rights for the sake of a political settlement. It called on Saturday’s meeting “not to pursue any policy of issuing amnesty … Continue reading

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World powers to push Russia on Syria solution

The urgency of their task was underscored on Friday as Syrian government forces bombarded the Damascus suburb of Douma with unparalleled ferocity in a desperate attempt by Mr Assad to reclaim full control of his capital city. Later in the … Continue reading

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Clinton, Lavrov hold talks on Syria; Russian diplomat cites agreement ‘on most things’

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats have held talks on Syria ahead of an international conference on Saturday that aims to ease Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey … Continue reading

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