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Syria’s Assad offers vote, tanks shell rebel areas

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Erika Solomon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered on Wednesday to hold multi-party elections within four months, while his troops assaulted city districts held by rebels trying to oust him. Under world pressure to end a crackdown … Continue reading

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France presses for Syria aid corridors at U.N.

By: John Irish France said on Wednesday it wanted the U.N. Security Council to set up humanitarian corridors in Syria to alleviate civilian suffering and that it was negotiating with Russia on a new U.N. resolution on the conflict. Russian … Continue reading

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Russian Foreign Minister to Hold Syria Talks

By: Mike Corder Russia’s foreign minister says he will meet his French counterpart in Vienna on Thursday and discuss a plan to rework a U.N. Security Council resolution that aims to end violence in Syria. Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday he … Continue reading

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Most French favor U.N. military action in Syria: poll

A narrow majority of French people would back a U.N.-authorized military intervention in Syria, a poll showed on Friday, a higher percentage than those who had supported the NATO mission that helped oust Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, bolstered … Continue reading

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France recalls Syria ambassador, vows more pressure

By: John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – France recalled its ambassador from Syria Tuesday in protest at the violent government crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, saying his “days were numbered” and vowing to press on with efforts to end … Continue reading

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France, Italy recall ambassadors to Syria

France has decided to withdraw its ambassador from Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, amid an ongoing bloody crackdown on a revolt against Bashar al-Assad’s rule. “Faced with the worsening repression being carried out by the Damascus regime … Continue reading

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France plans new Syria initiatives, mulls more sanctions

By: John Irish PARIS- France plans to bring together all those opposed to developments in Syria in the next few days and is considering new sanctions against Damascus after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution, its foreign … Continue reading

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France to UN: Break ‘scandalous silence’ on Syria

United Nations - Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to end its ‘scandalous silence’ over bloodshed in Syria by supporting a resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to quit. “We are gathered here today to end … Continue reading

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France’s Juppe doubtful of chances of UN breakthrough on Syria

Paris – French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe expressed doubt Tuesday that Western powers would be able to win Russia over to a draft UN resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Speaking to Europe 1 radio before … Continue reading

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UN Security Council ‘evolving’ on Syria: France

Opinions have “evolved” within the UN Security Council and more members are now willing to back a draft resolution criticising Syriafor its protest crackdown, a French diplomatic source said Monday. “The balance within the Security Council has evolved” concerning a draft resolution on Syria in the wake … Continue reading

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