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Syrians cautious of U.S. push to overhaul opposition

Members of Syria’s opposition-in-exile bristled Thursday at the Obama administration’s suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders at a crucial conference in Qatar next week. The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified leadership that could work … Continue reading

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Brahimi ‘implicitly’ acknowledges failure of his mission in Syria

By: Anna Malpas Syria’s conflict is going from bad to worse, the UN-Arab League peace envoy said Monday after key talks in Moscow on finding a solution, expressing disappointment that his four-day truce plan had failed. “I have said and … Continue reading

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UN chief voices disappointment at lack of Syria ceasefire

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep disappointment on Monday that the call for a ceasefire in Syria has not been respected, stressing that more bloodshed will not resolve the crisis. “I am deeply disappointed that the parties failed to respect the call … Continue reading

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UN-brokered ceasefire fails in Syria as casualties mount in continued fighting

Government warplanes and artillery struck suburbs east of Damascus while rebels attacked regime positions elsewhere near the capital today as violence marred the third day of what was meant to be a four-day holiday ceasefire, activists said. A UN-backed truce … Continue reading

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Truce in tatters as 200 killed

DAMASCUS – Fighting raged across Syria and an air raid struck near Damascus on Saturday after a declared ceasefire for a a Eid Al Adha holiday fell apart, with at least 200 killed since it was due to take effect. The … Continue reading

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Almost 150 killed on first day of Syria truce

Beirut – Almost 150 people died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria, a watchdog said, adding that a fresh clashes on Saturday claimed more lives. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said … Continue reading

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How will Syria mark Eid al-Adha?

Damascus residents reported artillery barrages by Syrian troops hours before Friday’s scheduled start of a ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. They said that on Thursday night troops stationed on a mountain overlooking the Syrian capital targeted … Continue reading

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Editorial: 3 ways the Syria ceasefire could go wrong

The U.N.’s peace envoy says Syria’s warring sides have agreed to stop fighting during Islam’s Eid al-Adha holiday. Will the truce happen and would it do any good? United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi raised hopes for a break from … Continue reading

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Diplomat: Syria envoy hopes cease-fire is start.

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria told the U.N. Security Council that he hopes a temporary cease-fire in Syria can break the cycle of violence and allow space for a political transition to start, a U.N. diplomat … Continue reading

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UN mulls Syria peacekeeping plan

The United Nations is planning for a peacekeeping force in Syria should a ceasefire in that country take hold and pending a Security Council mandate, the UN peacekeeping chief has said. “I would confirm that, of course, we are giving … Continue reading

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