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Syria: Smell of death greets UN monitors

By: Bassem Mroue and Diaa Hadid Smouldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted UN observers who entered the nearly deserted Syrian town of Haffa a day after President Bashar Assad’s forces overran it as … Continue reading

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Syria: Angry crowds attack UN observers on way to embattled town

By: Bassem Mroue Angry crowds prevented UN observers from reaching an embattled rebel-held town in Syria yesterday, hurling stones and metal rods at the monitors’ vehicles and opening fire as the convoy drove away from Haffeh. The western town of … Continue reading

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Video: UN tours Syria city turned war zone

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Syria in full-scale civil war: UN

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said yesterday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the target of a new massacre. The … Continue reading

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U.N. monitors in Syria shot at while trying to reach massacre site

By: Zeina Karam and Edith M. Lederer BEIRUT — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said unarmed U.N. monitors came under fire Thursday as they tried to reach the scene of the latest Syrian mass killing. Activists said government forces killed nearly … Continue reading

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Syria massacre: New killings confirmed

UN observers have discovered 13 bound corpses in eastern Syria, many of them apparently shot execution-style, the monitoring mission said. The announcement comes days after a massacre in Houla, in the central Homs province, which killed more than 100 people … Continue reading

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Syria ‘at a tipping point,’ Annan declares

As the civil war veers toward what the UN’s peace envoy called a decisive moment, grisly details from the scene of a massacre have prompted Canada and several other countries to expel Syrian diplomats. “We are at a tipping point,” … Continue reading

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Editorial: Peter Goodspeed: Syria is walking all over the UN

By: Peter Goodspeed The massacre of the children of Houla and their families has deepened the sense of crisis in Syria, but the United Nations is unlikely to do anything about it. Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus … Continue reading

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Brutal killings in Syria bring new urgency to UN response

The massacre of more than 100 people in Syria on Friday might just be the game-changer that leads to an end to the 14-month civil conflict that has killed some 10,000 Syrians. The brutal killings, even more extensive than initially … Continue reading

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Syria defiantly denies killings, UN council meets

By: Ben Hubbard BEIRUT — Syria on Sunday strongly denied U.N. allegations that its forces killed more than 90 people in one of the deadliest events of the country’s uprising, and diplomats said the Security Council met in an emergency session … Continue reading

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