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Syria: a conflict not yet ready to be resolved

The crisis in Syria is a stark and sobering reminder of how hard it is for the international community to prevent or stop violence and to help countries find a peaceful path to change. The United Nations has stepped in … Continue reading

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Syrian activists & lawyers fear at least 28,000 forced disappearances in Syria

Human rights groups working inside Syria estimate that between 28,000 to 80,000 Syrians have been forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime over the past 19 months. This comes as Avaaz today releases testimony from family members who have had husbands, … Continue reading

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Syria battles rage as both sides weigh truce plan

Syrian forces on Wednesday bombarded opposition belts in the country’s battle-scarred north, as both sides indicated they are ready to explore a truce proposal floated by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Warplanes targeted a rebel blockade of a highway in Idlib … Continue reading

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Foreign ministry demands answers to Egyptian deaths in Syria

The foreign ministry is demanding answers from Damascus into the death of three Egyptians in Homs and Aleppo as the UN special envoy to Syria visits Cairo. Egypt’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday it had requested the Syrian government explain … Continue reading

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UN’s Syria envoy Brahimi to hold talks in Turkey

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is due to hold talks in Turkey, amid rising tensions between Ankara and Damascus. Mr Brahimi will hear Turkey’s perspective on the raging crisis from Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. His visit comes … Continue reading

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Jordan Struggles to Absorb Refugees

In Zaatari, one of the largest camps for Syrian refugees in the Middle East, hundreds of girls sat this week in makeshift school tents provided by Unicef. In one, third graders were learning basic addition and subtraction. In the next … Continue reading

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Editorial: In Syria, it’s past time for the United States to act

By: Richard Cohen The awful things that could have happened had the United States intervened in Syria are now happening anyway. The insurrection has become a civil war. Neighboring countries are being dragged in. A refugee crisis has been created. … Continue reading

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Where Will Turkey Put All Its Syrian Refugees?

As the Syrian civil war shows no signs of relenting, Syria’s neighbor to the north is feeling the pain as well. Turkey is scrambling to find a place for the influx of Syrians fleeing the violence in their country, and … Continue reading

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UN condemns Syrian attack on Turkish town

The UN Security Council has condemned a Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town that killed five civilians. The statement said the attack underscored the grave impact the Syrian crisis was having on “regional peace and stability”. An earlier … Continue reading

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Air strike kills dozens in Syria

Army shelling and air raids killed dozens of civilians including children in Syrian flashpoints on Monday, a watchdog said, while rebels and loyalists fought close-quarter battles in Aleppo’s main souk. In New York, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Damascus to … Continue reading

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