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Nations mull tougher sanctions on Syria

World powers intent on regime change in Syria met to discuss sanctions on Bashar al-Assad’s government Thursday. The meeting comes amid daily violence, including the kidnapping of a religious endowments director in the flashpoint Syrian province of Daraa, the birthplace … Continue reading

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William Hague: EU should offer Syrian oppostion ‘more practical support’

The EU should “give more practical support to the Syrian opposition, including helping them prepare for Syria after Assad,” Foreign Secretary William Hague said as he arrived for talks in Brussels. Mr Hague’s comments came before EU foreign ministers agreed to tightens … Continue reading

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EU to board suspected Syria arms ships in EU waters

The European Union is set to tighten its arms embargo on Syria by ordering the boarding of ships and planes in EU waters and airports suspected of carrying weapons for use against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, an EU diplomat … Continue reading

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EU bans exports of luxury goods to Syria

By: Sebastian Moffett BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union on Friday banned exports to Syria of luxury shoes, caviar and boats, as well as goods with possible military applications, in an effort to step up the pressure on President Bashar … Continue reading

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Syria on agenda as EU leaders meet with Russia’s Putin

By: Patrick J. McDonnell BEIRUT — European leaders are expected to press the contentious issue of Syria at a European Union-Russian summit Monday in St. Petersburg, but few believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin will agree to ramp up pressure … Continue reading

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Syria ships naphtha to Venezuela, which sent diesel

LONDON, United Kingdom – A Venezuelan oil tanker is returning to Venezuela from Syria with a cargo of naphtha, shipping records showed on Thursday, after delivering badly needed diesel early this week as Western sanctions, causing severe shortages, hurt Syria’s … Continue reading

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Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion

By: Albert Aji DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s oil minister acknowledged the heavy toll international sanctions have taken on the country’s oil sector, saying Wednesday that they had sucked about $4 billion from the economy. Sufian Allaw said the sanctions levied … Continue reading

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Syria sugar refineries paralyzed by crisis

By: Jonathan Saul, David Brough LONDON – Escalating violence in Syria has slowed sugar refining to a virtual standstill, with smuggling set to rise as Western sanctions hobble trade finance and disrupt imports of the staple sweetener, trade sources said. … Continue reading

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EU adopts new sanctions against Syria’s regime

BRUSSELS — The European Union is imposing visa bans and asset freezes against three people associated with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The measure brings to 128 the number of Assad’s supporters targeted by the bloc. Michael Mann, … Continue reading

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Q&A: What options are left in Syria?

A U.N.-backed peace plan that included a cease-fire deal was to take effect April 12 in Syria. Since then, violence has continued: Car bombings, reports of snipers and more than 1,000 killed — some of them executed and tortured to … Continue reading

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