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12 dead in Lebanon in violence spurred by Syria unrest

Bloody clashes erupted Saturday between pro- and anti-Syrian regime fighters in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, the deadliest outburst of violence in recent weeks and further indication that Syria’s turmoil is spilling across borders. Twelve people were killed and approximately … Continue reading

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Gunmen kill 11 state workers in Syria

Gunmen killed 11 workers at a state-owned fertilizer factory in a volatile central Syrian province, activists said Friday, the second execution-style shooting reported in Syria in less than a week. The shooting near the town of Qusair in Homs province … Continue reading

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France fails to shift Russia’s Syria sanctions veto

France’s new president, Francois Hollande, failed to win the backing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria. Outrage at last week’s mass killings in the Syrian town of Houla prompted France … Continue reading

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Syria Beset By Violence

The refusal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime to comply with the provisions of the U.N.-backed Kofi Annan plan, which include a ceasefire and a pullback of heavy weapons from populated areas, is leading to grave consequences. Syrian civilians … Continue reading

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Syria assails rebel town, admits effect of sanctions

Syrian forces tried to storm the rebel bastion of Rastan yesterday under cover of heavy gunfire, shelling and rocket bombardment, reports said, as Damascus admitted sanctions were biting hard. Meanwhile, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) denied it was behind … Continue reading

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World not doing enough for Syria: Turkey’s Gul

The international community is not doing enough to help resolve the Syrian crisis, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Tuesday as he urged an orderly transition to democracy. “The international community as whole has so far performed poorly in providing an … Continue reading

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Covert US operations could halt Syria bloodshed

Covert US operations are among the measures that could help to halt the bloodshed in Syria, according to the former US peace envoy to the Middle East. George Mitchell, who stepped down from the role a year ago, said there … Continue reading

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UN chief says Syria crisis at ‘pivotal’ point

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday that the search for peace in Syria was at a “pivotal moment” and expressed strong concerns of an all-out civil war, as a five-week-old truce was broken yet again. The violence across Syria claimed … Continue reading

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Red Cross handing out aid in Syria’s Homs

Red Cross teams began handing out food and blankets in central Homs province on Sunday after days of delays, helping families who fled the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr and took shelter in nearby villages. Government forces have blocked humanitarian … Continue reading

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Regime forces fire on swelling Syria protests

Regime forces fired on protesters who took to the streets of Aleppo on Friday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria’s second city since a revolt erupted last year, a watchdog said. The Syrian Observatory for Human … Continue reading

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