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Russian Warships Said to Be Going to Naval Base in Syria

By: Andrew E. Kramer and Alan Cowell MOSCOW, Russia — Introducing an unpredictable new element into the Syrian crisis, a Russian news agency said on Monday that two Russian naval vessels with marines on board are ready to head for … Continue reading

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Lebanon must end rifts to withstand Syria turmoil

By: Laila Bassam and Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon risks being sucked into a worsening spiral of violence that has already begun to spill over from neighboring Syria unless its deeply divided leaders set aside their disputes, Interior Minister … Continue reading

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Russia Sending Missile Systems to Shield Syria

By: Andrew E. Kramer MOSCOW, Russia — Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or … Continue reading

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U.N. observers in Syria suspend activities, citing violence

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The chief of U.N. observers in Syria says the mission is suspending its activities and patrols because of escalating violence in the country.   Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said in a statement Saturday that the bloodshed is … Continue reading

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EU bans exports of luxury goods to Syria

By: Sebastian Moffett BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union on Friday banned exports to Syria of luxury shoes, caviar and boats, as well as goods with possible military applications, in an effort to step up the pressure on President Bashar … Continue reading

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Syria: Sexual Assault in Detention

Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys detained during the current conflict. Witnesses and victims also told Human Rights Watch that soldiers and pro-government armed militias have sexually abused women and girls as young … Continue reading

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Syria’s U.N. ambassador rips criticism of his daughter

Syria’s U.N. ambassador lashed out Thursday at criticism of his daughter, who was in the news last week after ABC News’ Barbara Walters expressed regret for having tried to help her. “This is an unethical, immoral, baseless, unfounded, animal and … Continue reading

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Car bomb damages major Shiite shrine in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – A suicide bomber detonated his van packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb on Thursday, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, according to Syria’s state-run news agency and witnesses. Tens of … Continue reading

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Rebels say Syrian army bombing and burning Haffeh

By: Jonathon Burch ANTAKYA, Turkey – While Syrian government helicopters and tanks are pounding the western town of Haffeh and the surrounding villages, ground troops are rounding up young men and looting houses, according to Syrian rebels who have fled … Continue reading

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Syria’s war of words

By: Jonathan Marcus “The government of Syria has lost some large chunks of territory in several cities to the opposition,” he says, “and wants to retake control of these areas”. The pragmatic view is that if it looks and sounds … Continue reading

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