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Syrian National Coalition to elect new Premier

Syrian National Coalition to elect new Premier

“The Coalition is to meet on March 18-19 in Istanbul. So far, the meeting is going ahead, and it is to choose the head of government. Consultations are continuing,” Samir Nashar told AFP. The opposition Syrian National Coalition plans to meet in Istanbul next week to elect a prime minister for rebel-held areas of the […]

March 16, 2013 | By More
Cluster bombs scare grips Syria as regime jets expand attacks

Cluster bombs scare grips Syria as regime jets expand attacks

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime is expanding its use of widely banned cluster bombs, an international human rights group said in a report Saturday as the deadlocked conflict entered its third year. In the past six months, Syrian forces have dropped at least 156 cluster bombs in 119 locations across the country, causing mounting […]

March 16, 2013 | By More
Arab nations demand Syrian regime to fully cooperate with UN probe

Arab nations demand Syrian regime to fully cooperate with UN probe

Two years into the conflict that the UN says has killed more than 70,000 people and forced more than one million more to flee to neighbouring countries, the draft resolution blamed Damascus for most of the violations taking place and demanded that it “cooperate fully” with a UN inquiry that has yet to gain access […]

March 16, 2013 | By More
Road accident kills 8 Syrian refugees and 29 injured seriously

Road accident kills 8 Syrian refugees and 29 injured seriously

George Kettaneh, operations director for the Lebanese Red Cross, says eight people died in the accident, including women and children. Officials say at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains in central Lebanon. The bus was headed to the Lebanese […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
Syria war alarm the potential security impact and refugee crisis in the region

Syria war alarm the potential security impact and refugee crisis in the region

BEIRUT UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also urged the world to strive to end the conflict and to step up humanitarian aid, calling it a “morale obligation” and “essential to preserve global peace and global security”. Syria’s war and the refugee crisis it triggered are at real risk of exploding across the Middle […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
UN warns of arms trafficking across Syria-Lebanon border

UN warns of arms trafficking across Syria-Lebanon border

In a press statement after closed-door briefings by the UN special coordinator for Lebanon and a senior UN peacekeeping official, the council expressed grave concern at the impact of the growing flow of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. They now total 360,000 in Lebanon. The UN Security Council underscored its grave concern Thursday at […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
France pushing hard to start arms flow to Syrian rebels

France pushing hard to start arms flow to Syrian rebels

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hollande insisted that the rebels are fighting on an uneven battlefield because Russia and others are arming Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. “We have to go further,” Hollande said. “For two years now, there is the clear willingness of Bashar Assad to use all means to hit out at his own people.” […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
UN: highest number of Syrian refugees to cross border, in a single week

UN: highest number of Syrian refugees to cross border, in a single week

BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting in Syria has intensified, prompting growing numbers of Syrians to flee their country. The human rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that the regime is increasingly using lethal battlefield weapons, including widely banned cluster bombs, in attacks on residential areas. The U.N. said Thursday that the number of registered Syrian refugees […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
Bahrain protesters mark 2nd anniversary, as clashes erupted

Bahrain protesters mark 2nd anniversary, as clashes erupted

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s Shiite majority is seeking a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. The main Shiite opposition group, Al Wefaq, said 35 protesters were wounded in the clashes, including three critically, in what it called a “systematic policy carried out under […]

March 15, 2013 | By More
UK and France speed up procedures to arm Syrian rebels

UK and France speed up procedures to arm Syrian rebels

PARIS — The European Union is sharply divided over the issue, with some fearing that sending more weapons to Syria could further escalate a brutal two-year conflict that has left about 70,000 people dead according to UN figures. Fabius said Paris and London plan to call for the next EU meeting on the weapons ban, […]

March 14, 2013 | By More