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Justice Ministry attack kills 24 in Iraq

Justice Ministry attack kills 24 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The attack erupted shortly after midday in Baghdad’s Allawi area, a largely commercial area is home to the Iraqi National Museum and the city’s main bus station. At least two blasts, including one car bomb and another believed to be from a suicide bomber, went off near a building currently housing the […]

March 14, 2013 | By More
Sergei Lavrov, supply of arms to Syrian opposition would be illegal

Sergei Lavrov, supply of arms to Syrian opposition would be illegal

LONDON – “International law does not permit the supply of arms to non-governmental actors and our point of view is that it is a violation of international law,” Lavrov told a news conference in London via a translator. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that supplying the Syrian opposition with weapons was illegal […]

March 14, 2013 | By More
Amnesty International, atrocities in Syria must refer to ICC

Amnesty International, atrocities in Syria must refer to ICC

The London-based human rights watchdog has repeatedly accused both the regime of President Bashar Al Assad and opposition fighters in Syria of war crimes and other abuses. ‘How many more civilians must die before the UN Security Council refers the situation to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court so that there can be accountability […]

March 14, 2013 | By More
Prince Charles of United Kingdom visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

Prince Charles of United Kingdom visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The royal couple was invited into a trailer where a 55-year-old man, who gave only his first name, Musa, has lived with his wife and five children since last September. He said he was arrested and tortured for writing anti-regime poetry before escaping to Jordan. Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife […]

March 13, 2013 | By More
United Nations organizes Syria fund

United Nations organizes Syria fund

The United Nations on Wednesday called for financial aid to assist one million Syrian refugees it says have been forced to flee a conflict that has become an “enormous threat” to the region. “I appeal to all countries that want to help… I appeal to parliaments, governments to approve extraordinary funds to support the Syrian […]

March 13, 2013 | By More
David Cameron considers to veto European arms embargo on Syria

David Cameron considers to veto European arms embargo on Syria

The EU has a blanket embargo against shipping arms to Syria, though last month Britain persuaded the EU to soften the embargo and allow member states to provide non-lethal aid, such as armored vehicles, to the rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad. Britain and France have signaled their support for lifting the embargo […]

March 13, 2013 | By More
Heavy clashes erupted overnight as rebels target Aleppo airport

Heavy clashes erupted overnight as rebels target Aleppo airport

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says clashes erupted anew on Tuesday around the airport. The rebels have been trying to seize the strategic facility for weeks, overrunning checkpoints and capturing a smaller military base that provides military protection for the airport. Syrian activists say fighting has intensified as government troops and […]

March 12, 2013 | By More
UN envoy Brahimi and EU Ministers mulls Syria options

UN envoy Brahimi and EU Ministers mulls Syria options

BRUSSELS – “We need to stop the killing, we need to stop the violence,” said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton of conflict that has sent a million Syrians fleeing the country and left some 70,000 people dead. European Union foreign ministers went into talks on Monday with UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi […]

March 11, 2013 | By More
Fresh clashes erupt in neighborhood of central Syria

Fresh clashes erupt in neighborhood of central Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say rebels are clashing with government troops in a flashpoint neighborhood in central Syria, a day after opposition fighters entered the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the government forces are firing heavy machine guns and have launched an airstrike to dislodge the rebels on Monday from […]

March 11, 2013 | By More
Assad ‘will fight to the end’ despite setbacks

Assad ‘will fight to the end’ despite setbacks

Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad comes across as a remorseless autocrat ready to go to any lengths to stay in power, despite military setbacks and growing ever more isolated from much of the world, observers found. ‘He appears relaxed and confident, and certainly doesn’t give the impression of being about to quit,’ said Hala Jaber, […]

March 11, 2013 | By More