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Syrian opposition: Attacks intensify in cities just visited by U.N. monitors

By: Holly Yan Renewed terror and violence permeated the Syrian cities of Hama and Douma on Wednesday, just days after U.N. monitors left the areas, opposition activists said. “The security forces have continued their siege on Douma for the second … Continue reading

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Annan calls Syria situation ‘bleak’

International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that the situation in Syria is “bleak” and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N. observers are not present. He … Continue reading

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U.N. food agency aims to reach 500,000 in Syria soon

GENEVA, Switzerland – The United Nations said on Tuesday that it aimed to deliver food assistance to 500,000 people in Syria “in the coming weeks”, roughly double the number it expects to reach in April. In a statement, the U.N.’s … Continue reading

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Obama Levies New Tech Sanctions on Syria, Iran

By: Julie Pace WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under pressure to stop the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown, President Barack Obama on Monday levied new sanctions on people and entities in Syria and Iran that use technology to target their citizens and perpetrate … Continue reading

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Attacks pick up in Syrian cities after U.N. monitors leave, opposition says

Reports of carnage in Syria only continue to grow despite the U.N. Security Council’s agreement to boost the number of monitors there. At least seven people were killed across the country Tuesday, including four in the beleaguered city of Homs, … Continue reading

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Analysis: Syria’s forgotten refugees

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It was 21 February 2006. The date is etched in Samia’s* mind. She was in her kitchen making tea for her brother’s family, who was visiting her at her home in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, … Continue reading

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Assad’s actions in Syria spur US to consider intervening

By: Nicholas Blanford BEIRUT, Lebanon – The European Union slapped new sanctions on the Syrian regime on Monday, a gesture of further international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad amid widespread pessimism over UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. The United … Continue reading

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Obama to cite new technologies in rights abuses – report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama will issue an order on Monday to allow imposition of sanctions on foreign nationals who use new technologies such as cell-phone tracking and Internet monitoring to help carry out human rights abuses, The … Continue reading

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EU set to impose new sanctions on Syrian regime

By: Slobodan Lekic LUXEMBOURG — The European Union will ban the sale of luxury goods and products that can have military as well as civilian uses to Syria as U.N. truce monitors start deploying in the conflict-torn nation, diplomats said … Continue reading

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UN observers visit suburb of Syrian capital

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian state television and a local activist say a United Nations team monitoring the country’s shaky cease-fire is visiting the Damascus suburb of Zabadani. The U.N. has sent an advance eight-person observer team to Syria to support … Continue reading

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