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Syria crisis: Ceasefire pressure grows over peace plan

The UN Security Council has urged Syria to implement “urgently and visibly” a peace plan requiring a 10 April deadline for ending a military offensive against the opposition. Envoy Kofi Annan’s plan calls for Damascus to pull back troops and … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman: Unite for Syria, Stop Bloodshed

Natalie Portman is chic in a tan trench coat while arriving at Hotel Plaza Athenee on Tuesday (April 3) in Paris, France. The 30-year-old actress recently voiced her concern for Syria by penning a handwritten note with a simple message. … Continue reading

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Activist: After Syrian pullout vow, crackdown appears to escalate

By: Joe Sterling Clashes and shelling reverberated across Syria on Tuesday and questions swirled over whether the government will withdraw its forces from population centers next week. Violence raged a day after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime set April 10 as … Continue reading

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UPDATE 2-ICRC chief in Syria for talks on aid, detainees

By: Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived in Damascus on Monday for talks aimed at expanding aid operations and gaining access to all detainees, the agency said. Jakob Kellenberger, who will … Continue reading

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Syrian Troops Assault Rebel Strongholds, New Diplomatic Push Starts

Syrian rights activists say government forces have assaulted several rebel strongholds, triggering battles that killed 13 people as Arab nations began a new diplomatic effort to end Syria’s year-long conflict. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday forces … Continue reading

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Iran: U.S. Broadens Sanctions

By: Rick Gladstone The United States added an Iranian cargo airline, three officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and a Nigerian trading agent to its Iran sanctions blacklist on Tuesday, on evidence they had conspired to funnel illicit weapons shipments to … Continue reading

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INA Says Syria Oil, Gas Rights Remain Despite EU Embargo

By: Jasmina Kuzmanovic INA Industrija Nafte d.d., a Croatian refiner controlled by Hungary’s Mol Nyrt. (MOL), said its contract with the Syrian state oil company remains valid after INA pulled out of Syria on Feb. 27 to comply with European … Continue reading

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UPDATE 1-Annan says Syria crisis cannot drag on indefinitely

By: Thomas Grove MOSCOW – U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government could not resist the “winds of transformation” but said it was too early to introduce a timeline for a peaceful solution. … Continue reading

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Obama, Medvedev acknowledge differences on Syria

By: Aamer Madhani SEOUL — President Obama huddled on Monday with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and China’s Hu Jintao as the Obama administration continues its public press on the two countries to withdraw their support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in … Continue reading

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Syria Designated for Temporary Protected Status

By: David Leopold The Obama administration did the right thing by offering temporary protected status (TPS) to nationals of Syria who are currently present in the United States. Temporary protected status provides a safe haven for citizens of a foreign … Continue reading

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