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Russia shows signs of break with Syria’s Assad

By: Dalal Mawad BEIRUT – Moving further from its strict stance of nonintervention, Russia pressured President Bashar Assad of Syria on Monday to be more flexible about the future of his ravaged country, insisting that he talk with adversaries, inviting … Continue reading

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Lebanon: ‘Three civilians killed by shells fired from Syria’

Over 20 shells fell on Wadi Khaled, the village of Nura and Debabiyeh in Akka and the border villages of Mqayble and al-Hishah, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported. In Nura, one man died of a heart attack caused by the shelling, … Continue reading

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Syria crisis is threat to peace: France tells Russia

Paris – The Syrian conflict has become a threat to international peace and security, French President Francois Hollande told a Friends of Syria meeting on Friday, appealing to Russia to back regime change. “It is no longer debatable that this … Continue reading

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France’s Hollande urges more Syria sanctions, rebel support

PARIS – French President Francois Hollande called on Friday for stiffer sanctions against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and more support for rebels seeking to drive him from power at the start of a meeting of Western and Arab states who back … Continue reading

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Member of Assad’s inner circle abandons regime

A Western official says a member of President Bashar Assad’s inner circle has defected, dealing a major blow to the Syrian leader. The official said Friday that Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass had abandoned Assad’s regime. Tlaas was a member … Continue reading

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‘Friends of Syria’ press Assad to apply peace plan

The United States and its European partners are threatening new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime if he doesn’t act fast on a new peace plan, but the fractured and frustrated Syrian opposition is seeking quick military actions instead. … Continue reading

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Syria activists run deadly risks as medical needs rise

By Lynne Nahhas DUBAI – Medical aid gathered by expats is being smuggled into Syria as doctors, braving arrest and torture, struggle in secrecy to treat the rising number of casualties in the war-torn country, activists say. Smugglers carrying aid … Continue reading

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Syria opposition groups back Free Syrian army

Syrian opposition groups have concluded a two-day meeting in Cairo, agreeing in general terms on support for the Free Syrian Army, the dissolution of the ruling Baath Party and the exclusion of Assad or other senior regime figures from a … Continue reading

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Local Syrian-Americans Rally Following Deadly Massacre in Syria

Following escalating violence in Syria, the Bay Area Syrian-American community rallied at a San Francisco plaza Saturday afternoon to raise awareness about the oppressive political power and killings in their home country. About fifty members of the Syrian American Council … Continue reading

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France says military action in Syria only under UN

SINGAPORE – France says it will only participate in military action in Syria under a United Nations mandate. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told an Asian security summit Sunday that the international community should increase sanctions and pressure in … Continue reading

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