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EU “must do more” to Support Democracy in Syria

By: Ruth Marsden The EU has been urged to condemn the Syrian regime and provide more support to the country’s citizens. Kamal Al-Labwani, one of the most prominent members of the Syrian opposition movement, welcomed existing EU sanctions but said … Continue reading

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Iran’s sanction-beating grain trade seen ready to help Syria

By: Jonathan Saul Iran is poised to offer the Syrian authorities a short-term food lifeline with vital grains purchases as Western sanctions and mounting violence deter trade houses from doing deals with Damascus, international traders say. Both are targets of … Continue reading

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Syria grain trade signals alarm for Assad

By: Jonathan Saul and Michael Hogan LONDON, United Kingdom – Syria is struggling to meet its grain import needs because of sanctions, raising the risk of bread shortages that could sap public support for President Bashar al-Assad as he tries to snuff out … Continue reading

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Amnesty sees possible crimes against humanity by Syria

The Syrian government may have committed crimes against humanity by using “lethal” force and “torturing” detainees in its crackdown on a 14-month uprising, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In its annual report, the London-based human rights watchdog accused the government … Continue reading

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Syria violence continues as government assaults Rastan

Syrian government forces stormed the city of Rastan on Wednesday, according to Agence France Presse. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organization that counts the Syria dead, said 12 were killed in violence across the country today. Troops … Continue reading

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Canada tightens Syria sanctions, targets luxury goods

OTTAWA — Canada on Friday tightened its sanctions on Syria, targeting luxury goods believed to be coveted by President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, as well as oil exports and Syrian airwaves. “The ongoing, appalling violence perpetrated by the Assad … Continue reading

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Syria complains to U.N. about tourism downturn amid conflict

UNITED NATIONS – Syria has complained to the United Nations that its tourism industry has been severely damaged by a 14-month conflict between government forces and rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, which has raised fears of civil war. In … Continue reading

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U.N. probes possible North Korea arms trade with Syria, Myanmar

By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. panel of experts that monitors compliance with sanctions on North Korea is investigating reports of possible weapons-related deals between Pyongyang and Syria and Myanmar, the panel said in a confidential report seen by … Continue reading

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Syria scours more trade routes in search for grain

By: Jonathan Saul and Sarah McFarlane LONDON – Syria is casting a wide net in a frantic bid to secure grain for its population as a sanctions-induced trade finance freeze scuppers big deals and forces the country to meet its … Continue reading

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EU adopts new sanctions against Syria’s regime

BRUSSELS — The European Union is imposing visa bans and asset freezes against three people associated with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The measure brings to 128 the number of Assad’s supporters targeted by the bloc. Michael Mann, … Continue reading

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