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Clinton: “Friends of Syria” must unite to stop Russia, China “blockading” progress

PARIS – The United States and its international allies called Friday for new, global sanctions against President Bashar Assad’s regime, stepping up the pressure after the defection of a top general dealt a major blow to the Syrian leader. The … Continue reading

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Fresh hope for an end to Syria’s pain

By: Amir Taheri PARIS, France – It’s not often that an international conference produces a pleasant surprise. But the 103 nations that attended a conference of Friends of the Syrian People in Paris yesterday did so. The difference started with … Continue reading

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New approach needed for Syria says UAE foreign minister

As Arab and western opponents of Syria’s regime gathered in Paris yesterday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for a change in strategy to put an end to Bashar Al Assad’s “crimes and massacres against … Continue reading

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‘Friends of Syria’ press Assad to apply peace plan

The United States and its European partners are threatening new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime if he doesn’t act fast on a new peace plan, but the fractured and frustrated Syrian opposition is seeking quick military actions instead. … Continue reading

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Paris hosts new ‘Friends of Syria’ meet as slaughter goes on

By: Deborah Pasmantier PARIS, France – France Friday hosts a third “Friends of Syria” meeting aiming to co-ordinate Western and Arab efforts to stop violence in the country, amid reports Russia is being asked to take President Bashar Assad in … Continue reading

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Turkey, Qatar Co-chair Friends of the Syrian People Meeting in Washington

Turkey and Qatar co-chaired a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group in Washington, the United States. Delivering a speech in the meeting, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said, “We the United States hope that all … Continue reading

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Syria rebels want air strikes on regime forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The rebel Free Syrian Army called on Saturday for the Friends of Syria to carry out air strikes on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad after more than 90 people, including 25 children, were reportedly “massacred” in … Continue reading

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French FM raises prospect of military action in Syria as deaths mount

An explosion ripped through a building in Syria’s central city of Hama on Wednesday, killing at least 54 people and wounding dozens more, Local Coordinating Committees (LCC) in Syria said, in a bloody violation of a shaky ceasefire in the … Continue reading

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Syria denies access for some observers

Syria has denied access to its territory for at least one UN observer because of his nationality and that it would not accept peacekeepers from a country member in the “Friends of Syria” group, said Tuesday the U.S. ambassador to … Continue reading

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‘Friends of Syria’ stress UN plan is last chance for peace

The ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Paris stressed the UN-backed peace plan was the only game in town to prevent the country from sliding into all out civil war. The 14-nation group called on the Syrian government to stop all … Continue reading

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