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Rebel chief Riad al-Asaad ‘threatens new Syria attacks’

Syria’s rebel leader has threatened to resume attacks because President Bashar Assad’s government has not honoured a ceasefire, a pan-Arab newspaper reported today. Free Syrian Army chief Riad al-Asaad told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that “our people are demanding … Continue reading

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Syria’s election charade could trigger yet more unrest

By Jane Kinninmont Middle Eastern rulers are well acquainted with the arts of cosmetic reform. But Syria’s electoral charade is only likely to anger the opposition. On Tuesday, the UN peace envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, gave a sobering press … Continue reading

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Opposition leaders urge Syria election boycott

By: Karin Laub Exiled Syrian opposition figures today urged voters to boycott an upcoming parliamentary election, dismissing it as a cynical attempt by President Bashar Assad to hold on to power. The regime has portrayed the vote set for tomorrow … Continue reading

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Brutal oppression continues in Syria

BEIRUT – Syrian forces pounded the already battered city of Homs with tank and mortar fire and troops raided a rebellious northern town yesterday, leaving 10 civilians and four soldiers dead, opposition activists said. With the yearlong bloodshed showing no … Continue reading

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A look at Annan’s six-point peace proposal to end the yearlong conflict in Syria

The six points of a proposal that international envoy Kofi Annan has given to Syria’s President Bashar Assad to end the yearlong conflict, as outlined in the presidential statement adopted by the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday: — Syria commits … Continue reading

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UN Council Backs Annan’s Syria Peace Plan

By Hannah Thomas-Peter New York – The United Nations Security Council has unanimously agreed on a statement backing Kofi Annan’s plan to end the violence in Syria. The joint UN-Arab League appointed envoy has already submitted proposals to Damascus to … Continue reading

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War reporter Marie Colvin, Oyster Bay native, killed in Syria

Respected American war reporter Marie Colvin, who covered conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria and stood up for the importance of independent journalism, died in a shelling attack in Syria on Wednesday. She was in her 50s. Known for getting … Continue reading

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Russia boycotts Friends of Syria meeting

MOSCOW – Russia today said it would not attend an international conference in Tunis this week aimed at seeking political change in Syria because the meeting only supported the opposition’s cause. The meeting was called “for the purpose of supporting … Continue reading

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China “studying” invite to meeting on Syria-foreign ministry

By: Ben Blanchard and Sabrina Mao BEIJING – China has not decided whether to accept an invitation to discuss the brewing civil war in Syria with other world powers later this week in the Tunisian capital, a foreign ministry spokesman … Continue reading

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Germany: EU to strengthen sanctions against Syria

The European Union is likely to adopt fresh sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the coming week, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said. Germany and other Western powers have repeatedly called on Assad to step down … Continue reading

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