syrian crisis

Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on U.N. Peace Talk Plan

By Lisa Barrington and John Davison BEIRUT, March 3 – Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned. The agreement drawn up by the

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Lesvos: Where Sympathy and Sanctuary Endure

By Anna Pantelia As winter takes its toll and high winds whip the sea up into a frenzy, men, women and children huddle together in rubber dinghies. Many are braving an unimaginable journey from Turkey destined to the tiny Greek island of Lesvos. As they reach the shore, hundreds of lifeguards and local volunteers rush forth

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Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 46, Injure 100 in Syria’s Homs

BEIRUT, Feb 21  -The death toll from two bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday reached 46 including at least 28 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, with state media confirming the deadly attacks. At least 100 others were wounded by the explosions in the city centre’s Zahra district, the

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Head of Syrian Opposition Team Not Optimistic About Peace Talks

AMMAN, Jan 26 – The head of the Syrian opposition’s negotiating team said he was not optimistic about upcoming peace talks, casting further doubt on whether the group will attend meetings planned for Friday in Geneva. Assad al-Zoubi was quoted by Arabic news channel Al-Hadath saying recent diplomatic moves “did not give cause for optimism

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Some 200,000 at Risk in Turkey’s Fight Against Kurdish Militants

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 21 – Security operations in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have put up to 200,000 people at risk, placing them in the crossfire or cutting them off from emergency and basic services such as water, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. Round-the-clock curfews amid clashes between security forces and

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Mobile Clinics, Medical Teams Needed in Madaya – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 12 – The World Health Organization has asked the Syrian government for permission to send mobile clinics and medical teams to the besieged town of Madaya to assess the extent of malnutrition and evacuate the worst cases, its representative said on Tuesday. An aid convoy on Monday brought the first

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Russia’s Putin Says Syria Needs a New Constitution

By Denis Pinchuk and Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW, Jan 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian

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