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Curbs bite Syria; Rastan stormed

DAMASCUS – Syrian forces tried to storm the rebel bastion of Rastan on Wednesday under cover of heavy gunfire, shelling and rocket bombardment, reports said, as Damascus admitted sanctions were biting hard. The rebel Free Syrian Army, meanwhile, denied it … Continue reading

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Video: Assad forces spread across Midan after a funeral procession

Assad forces spread across the town of Midan, Damascus after the funeral procession of Mahmoud Sekkariyeh. They get their guns and batons out and are ready to terrorize the mourners.

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Bomb kills 5 in Syrian capital

By: Bassem Mroue BEIRUT, Lebanon — A bomb that apparently targeted a restaurant in the Syrian capital killed at least five people, the state-run news agency said Tuesday, as activists reported intense clashes between army defectors and soldiers in the … Continue reading

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Gunbattle in Beirut erupts amid mounting fears of Syria spillover

A gunbattle has erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border. Two people were killed and at least 18 others were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and continued … Continue reading

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UN to bolster Syria observer mission

The head of the UN ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria has given a bleak assessment of the task his team faces as UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged to accelerate the deployment of additional observers. Major-General Robert Mood has called on … Continue reading

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Bomb detonates near UN observers in Syria

A roadside bomb has exploded in a suburb of Damascus as senior UN officials toured the area, the latest incident in which the unarmed observer mission has nearly been caught up in Syria’s bloodshed. The UN said there were no … Continue reading

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Bomb explodes during UN visit in Syria

By: Albert Aji DAMASCUS, Syria — A roadside bomb exploded in a restive suburb of the Syrian capital as senior U.N. officials toured the area on Sunday, the latest incident in which the unarmed observer mission has nearly been caught … Continue reading

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Syrian official denies reports of high-level assassinations

By: Rima Marrouch AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim Shaar on Sunday denied reports that a rebel operation had killed him and five other high-ranked security and political officials. “I’m speaking from my office at the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Syrian Heart Patients Set to Feel Economy’s Squeeze

By: Donna Abu-Nasr Joseph Bahri is determined to keep his pharmaceuticals factory in Damascus open, even though he’s running out of key ingredients and can’t afford to import more. “We’re doing our best not to close down,” Bahri said in an … Continue reading

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Largest protest in Aleppo since the start of the uprising, Annan to visit Syria ‘soon’

Regime forces fired on protesters in Aleppo on Friday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria’s second city since an uprising erupted last year. As many as 23 people have been killed by Syrian forces across the … Continue reading

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