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Syria’s civilian death toll ‘well over 7,500′: UN

By: MICHELLE NICHOLS The United Nations on Tuesday said “well over 7,500 people” have been killed in Syria during an 11-month government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, raising its previous estimated death toll by nearly a third. UN Under-Secretary-General for political … Continue reading

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Free Human Rights Defenders

NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch joined more than 30 other organizations today in calling on Syrian authorities to release Mazen Darwish, a prominent human rights defender and and director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression … Continue reading

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Poland tries to get wounded reporters out of Syria

WARSAW, POLAND – Poland’s diplomats are working to get wounded Western journalists evacuated from the Syrian city of Homs and the bodies of a U.S. journalist and a French photographer out of the country, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. Also … Continue reading

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Death toll mounts as Syrian forces pound Homs; evacuation of foreign reporters fails

Syrian forces killed as many as 138 people on Monday as artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs, continuing an assault that started 3 weeks ago, Al Arabiya reported, citing activists. The outside world has proved powerless to halt the killing … Continue reading

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Video: Damascus residents tell of daily struggle

People who live in Damascus tell Al Jazeera of the daily battle they face to survive.

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Syria Crisis: 144 Reported Dead After Days Of Violence

Syrian officials say voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution backed by President Bashar Assad. Meanwhile, the opposition reports a massacre in Homs. BEIRUT – A Syrian activist group reported Monday that 144 people have been killed across the country, scores … Continue reading

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Video: Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed

Syrian artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs Monday as President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a referendum derided as a sham by his critics at home and abroad.

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EU hits Syria with more sanctions, but little else

By: Justyna Pawlak and David Brunnstrom European Union foreign ministers agreed new sanctions against Syria Monday, targeting its central bank and seven cabinet ministers to try to curb funding for the government and increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. The … Continue reading

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Look who’s backing Syria

“The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “but is conceived and ordered . . . in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars … Continue reading

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The More Things Change, the Worse They Get

By: Mort Rosenblum Events in Syria turn the old French ”plus Ça change” adage on its head. The more things change there, the worse they get. President Bashar al-Assad promised to lighten up when he replaced his tyrant father, but … Continue reading

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