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Syria: ‘True freedom is without fear’

By: Martin Chulov Just after noon in this rebel-held Syrian town, demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the regime of Bashar al-Assad, as they have done every Friday for the last 11 months. There were small groups of men at … Continue reading

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Reasons for Obama to aid Syria – other than moral ones

President Obama has yet to show a moral impulse for using force in Syria to end the slaughter. While he condemns the killing of innocents, he has not justified military intervention in the way that he did after ordering air … Continue reading

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UN rights chief to brief world body on Syria

The U.N. human rights chief has been invited to brief the General Assembly on Syria as countries seeking condemnation of the Assad regime’s crackdown on civilians move their efforts from the Security Council to the 193-member world body. General Assembly … Continue reading

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Video: Violence in Syria spreads north to Aleppo

Twin bomb blasts killed 25 people in Syria’s commercial hub as military forces continued their assault on Homs. Deborah Gembara reports. 

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Billions at stake as Russia backs Syria

By: James O’Toole Russia’s controversial stance in the Syrian crisis has left many wondering what Moscow stands to gain by backing the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. Analysts say political and strategic concerns are Russia’s primary motivation: Moscow is pushing … Continue reading

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Arabs lean toward extension of Syria mission-source

By Ayman Samir Arab states are likely to extend the mandate of their monitors in Syria despite concerns over their inability to bring about an end to bloodshed during their first month there, an Arab diplomatic source said on Friday. … Continue reading

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Video: Tensions grow in Syria

Amateur video shows thousands taking to the streets against the Syrian government as dozens gather in support of Assad in Damascus. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Despite Criticism, Russia Stands By Syria

By: James Brooke As Syria takes criticism from almost all quarters, one nation – Russia – stands virtually alone in defending the government of President Bashar al-Assad. While Arab League ministers discussed future steps on Syria, where 5,400 people have … Continue reading

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Violent Repression in Syria Claims Relative of Anaheim Businessman Bill Dalati

Arab League observers in Syria have issued an initial report recommending the continuation of their controversial mission assessing whether or not the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is adhering to a peace plan. The crackdown on protests that began in … Continue reading

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Syria sniper shot high when officers ordered him to kill

By Nick Meo For months Mohammed Ismael, a softly-spoken and clean-shaven 23-year-old, sat on the rooftops of buildings in Hama, menacing the city’s population with his powerful Chinese-made rifle. He watched through his telescopic lens as men, women and children … Continue reading

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