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Assad compares Syria crackdown to surgeons saving patients’ lives

By: Julian Borger Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, defended his government’s bloody crackdown on dissent, comparing his security forces – who have been repeatedly accused of torture and mass killing – to surgeons working to save the life of their patients. … Continue reading

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Syrian air force officer defects, tells horrors of Houla massacre

A senior Syrian military officer decided to defect and join opposition forces after witnessing hundreds of pro-regime militiamen massacring more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla one week ago, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The Houla massacre, which … Continue reading

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Lugar: Syrian Rebels Need Safe Zones In Turkey

WASHINGTON DC, United States – The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. should work with Turkey to establish safe zones for retreating Syrian rebels. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says the so-called safe zones would … Continue reading

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I saw massacre of children, says defecting Syrian air force officer

By: Martin Chulov A senior Syrian military officer has described how he defected to opposition forces after witnessing hundreds of pro-regime militiamen carry out the now infamous massacre of more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla one week … Continue reading

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Satellite pictures back up Houla massacre accounts

The US state department has published satellite photos said to show mass graves in Syria after government forces attacked civilian areas. A website operated by the department is displaying the photos, taken by a commercial satellite, of what it says … Continue reading

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Peacemaker Annan talks tough to Syria’s Assad

By: Regan Doherty DOHA, Qatar – International envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday criticized President Bashar al-Assad for failing to comply with a peace plan to end the Syria conflict and said his forces were carrying out atrocities, arbitrary arrests and other … Continue reading

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Syria risks slipping into ‘all-out sectarian war’, says Kofi Annan

By: Ruth Sherlock BEIRUT, Lebanon – “The spectre of an all-out war, with an alarming sectarian dimension, grows by the day,” Kofi Annan told a meeting of members of the Arab League, who are co-sponsoring the peace plan with the … Continue reading

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French warming to armed intervention in Syria

PARIS, France – A widening majority of French people favor military intervention in Syria and more believe France should participate, according to the first poll on the issue since a recent massacre in the country. The Ifop poll on Saturday showed … Continue reading

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McCain slams Obama on Syria, as Lieberman says administration ‘moving too slowly’

By: Jennifer Griffin SINGAPORE –  Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., told Fox News he thinks the White House is moving closer to getting involved to halt the bloodshed in Syria, but added “the administration is moving too slowly.” Lieberman met with … Continue reading

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France fails to shift Russia’s Syria sanctions veto

By: Gleb Bryanski and John Irish PARIS, France – France’s new president, Francois Hollande, failed to win the backing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria. Outrage at last week’s mass killings in the … Continue reading

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