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Sanctions reach only so far in Syria

By: Louise Osborne It has been just over a year since the United States and Europe announced sanctions against the regime of Bashar Assad to end the violence in Syria. Yet Assad remains in power, and the killings have not … Continue reading

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US adds Hezbollah to Syria sanctions list

The US has denounced Hezbollah, the Lebanese political group, for backing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and added it to a list of organisations under sanctions for their ties to the Syrian government. The US already classes Hezbollah a “terrorist organisation” … Continue reading

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US to Impose New Sanctions on Syria

The United States on Friday said it plans new sanctions against the Syrian regime and its supporters, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants. “We will be tightening even further with additional sanctions that drive at both Syrian entities and those who are … Continue reading

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Russia, China veto U.N. sanctions resolution on Syria

By: Colum Lynch UNITED NATIONS –Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed United Nations Security Council resolution threatening the Syrian government with sanctions, upending four months of diplomacy aimed at stemming a crisis that has left more than 14,000 … Continue reading

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‘Russia is not naive, it knows Assad will soon leave’

Russia’s current policy in Syria is in contradiction with almost the entire Middle East, which is not normal as Moscow traditionally has very good relations with the Arab world, Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs told me yesterday. “There … Continue reading

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U.N. Security Council to vote on a Syria resolution on Wednesday

By: Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council will vote on Wednesday on a Western-backed resolution that threatens Syrian authorities with sanctions if they do not stop using heavy weapons in towns, despite a declaration by Russia that it will … Continue reading

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Australia increases pressure on Syria’s Assad regime

By: Alison McMeekin Australia has imposed tougher sanctions on Syria to increase pressure on the Assad regime to end the bloodshed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr announced this morning the new sanctions covered trade in oil, petroleum, financial services, telecommunications … Continue reading

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British businessman accused of insuring oil tankers “involved in undermining sanctions against Syria”

By: Colin Freeman David Skinner, 47, who runs an insurance firm from the tax haven of Liechtenstein, apparently provided cover for two Iranian-owned tankers involved in transporting crude oil from Syria, according to insurance certificates seen by The Sunday Telegraph. The … Continue reading

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China Rejects Syria Sanctions

China says it does not approve of using sanctions to address the crisis in Syria, a day after France’s foreign minister discussed possible measures to enforce a faltering cease-fire plan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Thursday his country … Continue reading

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U.N. says Syria civil war “imminent,” West urges sanctions

By: Louis Charbonneau and Andrew Quinn UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council on Thursday that a full-blown civil war in Syria was “imminent,” while international mediator Kofi Annan said it was time to step up … Continue reading

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