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Syria crisis: Red Crescent official in Idlib shot dead

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says its head official in the northern town of Idlib has been shot dead. The Red Crescent said Abdulrazak Jbeiro was killed as he drove from Damascus to Idlib – a focal point of the … Continue reading

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Nations seeking action against Syria in UNESCO

A group of Western and Arab nations are seeking the expulsion of Syria from the U.N. cultural agency’s human rights committee, diplomats said, the latest international effort to isolate Damascus over its violent crackdown on domestic unrest. The U.N. Education, … Continue reading

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Huge assault overnight in Syrian city

Security forces and pro-government militias in Syria assaulted neighborhoods overnight in the flashpoint city of Hama, an opposition activist group reported Wednesday. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria said the forces, backed by military vehicles and armored tanks, assaulted various … Continue reading

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Turkish city counts cost of Syrian violence

Worry etched across their grizzled faces, truck drivers line up their vehicles at Turkey’s Oncupinar border gate, ready to run the gauntlet on a road they dread taking: south into Syria. Since Turkey late last year took the side of … Continue reading

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With little to show in Syria, Arab League turns to UN

By: Ariel Zirulnick Frustrated by months of failed efforts to mediate an end to Syria’s violent crisis on its own, the Arab League is turning to the United Nations for help. Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and Qatari Prime … Continue reading

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Russia to Keep Blocking UN Sanctions on Syria

By: Vladimir Isachenkov Russia will stonewall any U.N. sanctions on Syria and will push for a quick start of talks between the Syrian government and the country’s opposition, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow … Continue reading

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Activists: Syrian troops shell central city

By: Zeina Karam Government forces stormed restive districts of a central Syrian city on Wednesday, firing mortars and deploying snipers in an assault that killed at least one person, activists said. The assault began Tuesday night, according to the Local … Continue reading

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Fear reigns in Syria city at the center of the uprising

By: Alexandra Zavis Gunfire crackled in the alleyways as Ramah Sawah hurried home from work. The 30-year-old grade school English teacher quickened her pace, hoping to make it back before the fighting picked up. “After 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., … Continue reading

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Moallem says Syria vindicated, blasts Arab “conspirators”

By: Dana Khraiche Syrian Foreign Affairs Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday that a report by Arab observers vindicates Damascus by showing that Syria is implementing the Arab League initiative. Moallem also alluded to the Gulf countries in accusing “some Arabs” … Continue reading

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EU Formally Publishes New Sanctions On Syria, Iran Including Oil Ban

By: Laurence Norman and Benoit Faucon The European Union has formally published its new sanctions on Iran and Syria, confirming its moves to impose an oil embargo on Iran, to sanction the country’s central bank and to add 30 firms … Continue reading

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