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Syria: Who would take over after al-Assad?

By: Holly Yan For 12 bloody, horrific months, Syrian dissidents and many world leaders have dreamt of one outcome for the Syrian crisis: the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. But who would take over the embattled country remains a mystery … Continue reading

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Annan’s peace plan leaves room for Syrian interpretation

By: Patrick Martin The key to the success of Kofi Annan’s Six-Point Plan unveiled today lies in what is not said in the scheme: At no point does the plan call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down or delegate power. … Continue reading

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Arab Spring helps push 2011 asylum claims up 20 percent in the West

By: Stephanie Nebehay The Arab Spring helped push up the number of people seeking asylum in the West by 20 percent last year, with record numbers fleeing conflicts in Libya, Syria and Ivory Coast, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. … Continue reading

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As diplomacy struggles on, Turkey warns huge refugee influx could trigger buffer zone in Syria

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Events are pushing Turkey ever closer to setting up a buffer zone in Syria to protect civilians. Turkish officials have long been hesitant about the idea, even while the U.N. reported that thousands of Syrians were being … Continue reading

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Syria’s opposition faces ‘divided we fall’ moment

By: Nicholas Blanford Syria’s opposition meets today after being shaken by resignations and splits. A united front could sway skeptical Syrians who don’t particularly support Assad but fear the alternative could be worse. Syria’s bickering opposition factions are gathering in Turkey today … Continue reading

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Could the Druze Minority Tip the Scales of Syria’s Revolution?

By: Mona Alami The Druze stronghold of Sweida, Syria, witnessed several pro-democracy protests last week. While the movement remains marginal, it is charged with symbolism: the Druze have long been considered the “spiritual cousins” of the Alawites, the religious group … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs exploit economics of Syria uprising

BEIRUT, Lebanon – While Syria’s economy as a whole has been crippled by violent unrest, there are some people for whom the uprising has created business opportunities. Take building contractor Ahmed, who asked to be identified only by his first … Continue reading

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Syria, bombing on Khaldiyeh leaves at least 8 dead

The death toll after the heavy bombing which resumed today in Homs has risen to 8 persons killed. The report comes from sources in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the opposition organization in exile with headquarters in Great Britain. … Continue reading

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China hasn’t considered attending “Friends of Syria” meeting

China has not considered attending the second “Friends of Syria” meeting scheduled to convene in Istanbul, Turkey, in April under the current situation, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday. “We think actions taken by the international community with regard … Continue reading

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Arab leaders won’t tell Syrian president to quit

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s top diplomat said Monday that Arab leaders meeting in Baghdad this week will not demand the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and that opposition forces to his regime need to agree on a single strategy … Continue reading

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