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Exclusive: Algerian Brahimi seen replacing Annan as Syria envoy

By: Arshad Mohammed Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to replace Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League joint special envoy for Syria barring a last-minute change, diplomats said on Thursday. The former Algerian foreign minister, who has a long … Continue reading

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Heavy fighting in Damascus as Annan seek Russian help to end Syria crisis

Heavy clashes between rebels and regular troops erupted in Damascus on Sunday, in the “most intense” fighting in the capital since the start of the anti-regime revolt in Syria 16 months ago, a monitoring group said. “The regular army fired … Continue reading

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Syria undergoing ‘revolution’ not dispute with regime, opposition chief tells Moscow

Russia needs to understand that the conflict in Syria is not a dispute between the opposition and regime but a revolution, the chief of the main exiled opposition group said in Moscow on Wednesday. “The events in Syria are not … Continue reading

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Russia: Syrian opposition leader in Moscow for meeting with Lavrov

The head of the Syrian National Council is reportedly visiting Russia’s foreign minister Wednesday — a notable meeting between a major Syrian opposition group and a government that some opposition members have accused of backing the Syrian regime. SNC leader … Continue reading

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Annan draft calls for “rapid steps” to end conflict in Syria

International envoy Kofi Annan will propose a Syrian-led transition and “rapid steps” leading to a political settlement in the war-torn country, according to a draft document obtained bydpa. The Annan proposal will be discussed by the Action Group meeting Saturday … Continue reading

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Annan for more pressure on Syria’s rival sides

DAMASCUS – International envoy Kofi Annan on Friday urged the world to raise the level of pressure on Syria’s rival sides and said Iran should have a role to play in the effort. There will only be results if the … Continue reading

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Annan concerned about escalation of Syria violence

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT, Lebanon — International envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he was “gravely concerned” about the escalation of fighting in Syria, citing the shelling of opposition areas in central Homs province and reports of mortar, helicopter and tank … Continue reading

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Annan tells U.S. Security Council Syria crisis will soon ‘spiral out of control’

International mediator Kofi Annan warned the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the Syria crisis will soon spiral out of control and called for “substantial pressure” on Damascus and consequences for undermining his peace plan, diplomats said. Annan briefed the … Continue reading

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UN official: Syria aims heavy weapons at UN staff

By: Edith M. Lederer A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because … Continue reading

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Arab League requests U.N. action against Syria

By: Marwa Awad The head of the Arab League has asked the U.N. Security Council to boost the size of a U.N. mission in Syria and give it expanded powers to protect people following a surge in violence there, according to … Continue reading

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