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West avoiding action in Syria, blaming Russia

By: Zeina Karam The U.S. has spent months disparaging Russia for blocking strong U.N. action against Syria and standing by President Bashar Assad as his forces lay waste to rebellious cities. But in many ways, Russia’s stance is convenient for … 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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Analysis: West doubtful of U.N. Syria peace push, no “Plan B”

By: Louis Charbonneau As corpses pile up in Syrian morgues, U.S. and European diplomats are growing increasingly skeptical that a U.N.-backed peace plan has a chance of ending more than a year of violence that has brought Syria to the … Continue reading

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West warns Syria as deadline looms

Western powers pressed Syria to adhere to a ceasefire with only hours to go before the UN-backed deadline, as North Korea’s plans for a rocket launch also raised mounting concern. Western powers pressed Syria to adhere to a ceasefire with … Continue reading

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‘Friends of Syria’ call for deadline to start peace plan

Istanbul – Western and Arab countries are putting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad verbally under pressure. They call for a “deadline” to implement the peace plan, in order to put an end to one year of violence, although they are not … Continue reading

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Fighting continues in Syria as West, opposition to meet

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis Syrians trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad meet their Western backers on Sunday while fighting has continued despite the Syrian government saying the year-long revolt is over. The political opposition remains divided and has not yet formally … Continue reading

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West dilutes U.N. council text on Syria peace bid

By: Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols In an effort to secure Russian support, Western powers on the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday diluted a draft statement backing U.N.-Arab League Syrian envoy Kofi Annan’s drive to end violence that has brought the country … Continue reading

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West dismisses Syria poll as siege of Homs continues

By: Michael Jansen SUNDAY’S VOTE on a new constitution in Syria that could keep the president in power until 2028 was passed by 89.4 per cent of those who cast ballots, the interior ministry said. Nine per cent voted No … Continue reading

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Syria ‘emboldened by UN inaction’

The failure of the UN security council to take action has emboldened Syria to make an “all out assault” on opponents, the UN’s human rights chief says. Navi Pillay told the UN the lack of agreement encouraged Damascus to use … Continue reading

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West reluctantly weighs military aid for Syria rebels

By: Nicholas Blanford After diplomatic efforts at the UN failed Saturday, there is a growing consensus that supporting the rebel Free Syrian Army may be the only way to break the stalemate between Assad and his opponents. With Syria’s violence escalating … Continue reading

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