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Rebels pull back in Syria’s Aleppo, U.N. says no one will win

By: Hadeel Al Shalchi and Suleiman Al-Khalidi Syrian forces have pushed rebels back from a strategic district of Aleppo, but skirmishes continued in the city and the United Nations said the conflict engulfing Syria would have no winner. Diplomats told … Continue reading

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Rebels regroup as regime forces renew assault on Syria’s largest city

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime shelled Syria’s largest city Thursday, as rebels said they had pulled back for tactical reasons from portions of a hotspot neighborhood there. Two members of the Free Syrian Army said that its fighters … Continue reading

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Syria Conflict: Anadan Turned Into Ghost Town After Shelling

By: Suleiman Al-Khalidi ANADAN, Syria – In this town near Aleppo, “Freedom Square” has been renamed “Destruction Square” by a young Syrian activist who once sang to protesters gathered for peaceful pro-democracy rallies. The square in Anadan, along with the … Continue reading

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Iran urges dialogue to end Syria war

Iran has appealed to Syria’s government and the rebels fighting it to open peace talks as it hosted a hastily arranged international conference on the conflict in its key Arab ally. Ali Akbar Salehi, the foreign minister, told diplomats from … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Algerian Brahimi seen replacing Annan as Syria envoy

By: Arshad Mohammed Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to replace Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League joint special envoy for Syria barring a last-minute change, diplomats said on Thursday. The former Algerian foreign minister, who has a long … Continue reading

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Syria’s Palestinians flee to Lebanon, but for how long?

By: Stephen Starr BEIRUT, Lebanon – At the edge of a sprawling Palestinian camp in south Beirut, Syrian volunteers unload two dozen boxes from the trunk of a taxi. Young boys help carry them into the dark, narrow alleyways where … Continue reading

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Syria Crisis: Violence Worse Than Before Ceasefire, U.N. Says

By: John Heilprin GENEVA – The violence in Syria has matched or exceeded levels from before the April ceasefire agreement, the United Nations said Wednesday, as it suggested that government troops could be behind the killing of more than 100 … Continue reading

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NATO condemns Syria’s shooting down of Turkish jet as U.S. says to hold Syria ‘accountable’

NATO member states condemned Syria on Tuesday for its shooting down of a Turkish military jet, calling it “unacceptable” and demanding that Damascus take steps to prevent further incidents. Ambassadors of NATO’s 28 member states met in Brussels on Tuesday … Continue reading

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World powers still split over Iran’s participation in Syria talks in Geneva

International mediator Kofi Annan intends to convene a high-level meeting on Syria in Geneva on Saturday, June 30 and is seeking a “common position on the proposed outcomes,” his deputy Jean-Marie Guehenno said on Wednesday, as world powers differed over … Continue reading

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UN says rights abuses spreading in Syria

Human rights violations by Syrian government forces and rebels are on the rise as fighting spreads across the country, the chief UN rights investigator for Syria has said. “Gross violations of human rights are occurring regularly, in the context of … Continue reading

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