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EU recognizes new Syrian opposition bloc

European Union foreign ministers, in a new blow to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, on Monday said they viewed Syria’s just-formed National Coalition to be the “legitimate representatives” of the Syrian people. A statement from the bloc’s 27 ministers welcomed the … Continue reading

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EU ministers explore fresh help to Syria opposition

EU foreign ministers gather in Cyprus some 100 kilometres from the Syrian coast Friday to explore how to best assist its opposition while defusing a humanitarian crisis looming in Europe’s backyard. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has put … Continue reading

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EU “must do more” to Support Democracy in Syria

By: Ruth Marsden The EU has been urged to condemn the Syrian regime and provide more support to the country’s citizens. Kamal Al-Labwani, one of the most prominent members of the Syrian opposition movement, welcomed existing EU sanctions but said … Continue reading

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Syria on agenda as Putin goes to China

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China for a three-day visit aimed at bolstering crucial ties between the powerful Eurasian neighbours who have aligned to block tougher international action against Syria. Both energy and foreign policy co-operation were high … Continue reading

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Syria clashes ‘kill 23 soldiers’ as EU slaps on new sanctions

At least 23 Syrian soldiers died in fierce clashes with armed rebels Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, the EU agreed to a 15th round of fresh sanctions to protest the government’s crackdown on protests. Fierce … Continue reading

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EU agrees on new sanctions on Syria, target Assads’ luxury lifestyle

The European Union agreed Monday to slap new sanctions on the Syrian regime, banning exports of luxury goods and further restricting the sale of items used to repress protesters, a diplomat said. “These sanctions are ready to be put in … Continue reading

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France says EU to adopt new sanctions on Syria on Monday

PARIS – The European Union will adopt new sanctions against Syria on Monday in light of continued bloodshed despite a week-old ceasefire, France’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday. “In the spirit of the Paris conference, sanctions will also be adopted,” … Continue reading

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‘Friends of Syria’ meet to consider tougher measures

Arab and European foreign ministers of the ‘Friends of Syria’ group meet in Paris today to consider stepping up pressure on the Assad Regime. With the Kofi Annan brokered ceasefire being undermined daily, the leader of the opposition Syrian National … Continue reading

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Asma al-Assad to be hit with EU sanctions

Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar, will be hit with a travel ban and have her assets in the EU frozen today. The four women closest to President Assad are to be added to the European Union’s … Continue reading

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EU officials: Sanctions against Syria are helping, but more needed from Russia, China

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sanctions against Syria appear to be working and defections by high-level officials show that President Bashar Assad’s regime is cracking, European leaders said Friday. EU foreign ministers at an informal meeting in Copenhagen said they stood united … Continue reading

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