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Blasts shake Homs as Syria rebels hit back

BEIRUT – Powerful blasts rocked the flashpoint city of Homs on Sunday as Syria’s regime pressed its assault on protest hubs, while rebels attacked a military base near the capital, activists and monitors said. There was “heavy shelling of Khaldiyeh, … Continue reading

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Syrian troops pound Homs as fighting rages in other cities; Annan eyes Russian support

Syrian forces pounded the battered city of Homs with tank and mortar fire and troops pummeled several other rebel strongholds on Saturday, opposition activists said as international condemnation and high-level diplomacy have so far failed to stop the year-old Syria … Continue reading

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Timeline: Crackdown on protests in Syria

Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began. March 15, 2011 – About 40 people join a Syrian protest chanting political slogans in a brief first challenge to the Baath Party, in Hameediyeh market in Old Damascus … Continue reading

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UNICEF steps up its response to children affected by the crisis in Syria

GENEVA / AMMAN — As the impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria ripples across the region, UNICEF has unveiled plans to address the urgent health, educational and other needs of tens of thousands of Syrian children being sheltered in surrounding … Continue reading

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Syria: more aid reaches Homs, Aleppo and Idlib

The impact of fighting on the humanitarian situation has increased significantly since December. People have been killed or wounded and tens of thousands have fled their homes, leaving behind most of their belongings. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red … Continue reading

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Syria towns under fire as thousands protest prior to Annan’s visit to Moscow, Beijing

Government forces bombed towns and clashed with rebels in several areas of Syria on Friday, as thousands of people took part in “Damascus, here we come” demonstrations, monitors and activists said as Kofi Annan heads to Moscow and Beijing this … Continue reading

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Video: Assad family targeted by new EU sanctions

European Union states have imposed sanctions on Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as officials seek to increase pressure on Damascus to end its violent assault on anti-government strongholds. Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday also … Continue reading

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Asma al-Assad to be hit with EU sanctions

Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar, will be hit with a travel ban and have her assets in the EU frozen today. The four women closest to President Assad are to be added to the European Union’s … Continue reading

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Fierce clashes in north Syria, Homs under fire

Fierce clashes between rebels and government forces engulfed areas of northern Syria near Turkey’s border, as regime forces bombed the flashpoint city of Homs, monitors and activists said. “Troops are bombing and helicopters flying overhead. Fighting has been going on … Continue reading

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Rebels, troops clash in northern Syria

Damascus: Rebels and troops clashed in northern Syria as regime foes set their sights on the capital as the rallying cry for weekly protests on Friday, while the EU prepared to slap new sanctions on Damascus. “Damascus, here we come” … Continue reading

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