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Desperate Syrian women in Jordan turn to prostitution

Desperate Syrian women in Jordan turn to prostitution

Zaatari, Jordan: Walk among the plastic tents in one corner of this sprawling, dust-swept desert camp packed with Syrian refugees, and a young woman in a white headscarf signals. “Come in, you’ll have a good time,” suggests Nada, 19, who escaped from the southern border town of Daraa into Jordan several months ago. Her father, […]

March 11, 2013 | By More
UN says Syrian refugee numbers could triple by end of 2013

UN says Syrian refugee numbers could triple by end of 2013

The number of refugees outside Syria could triple by the end of the year from the 1 million registered now if there is no political solution to the conflict, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Sunday. The millionth Syrian refugee was registered in Jordan on Wednesday, following a dramatic acceleration in the […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Syria’s opposition postpones meeting to form government

Syria’s opposition postpones meeting to form government

Syria’s opposition as postponed a meeting to form a provisional government, in the latest setback to opposition efforts to create an administration to take over if President Bashar al-Assad is ousted, coalition sources said on Sunday. The Syrian National Coalition meeting to elect a provisional prime minister, which was due to be held on March […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Report: Saudis rethinking method of execution

Report: Saudis rethinking method of execution

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi newspaper says a ministerial committee is looking into formally dropping public beheadings as a method of execution in the oil-rich kingdom. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where a death sentence results in beheading in a public square. The authoritative daily Al-Watan says in its […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Syria rebels  ‘no peace or truce until we finish Assad’

Syria rebels ‘no peace or truce until we finish Assad’

On top of a building in Syria’s war-devastated eastern city of Deir Ezzor, rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Al Assad have hanged a toy stuffed lion by the neck. “This will be the fate of Assad when we finally achieve victory in the revolution,” said one young rebel. “Until then, there will be no […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers

Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels freed 21 UN peacekeepers on Saturday after holding them hostage for four days, ending a sudden entanglement with the world body that earned fighters a flood of negative publicity. The episode is bound to prompt new questions about UN operations in war-torn Syria. The peacekeepers were part of a force that has spent […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Egypt protesters torch buildings, target Suez Canal

Egypt protesters torch buildings, target Suez Canal

PORT SAID, Egypt/CAIRO – Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security. The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Attempts to free UN peacekeepers fail

Attempts to free UN peacekeepers fail

Beirut: Syrian rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon. The men are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has been monitoring a ceasefire line […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Russia won’t tell Assad to go

Russia won’t tell Assad to go

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad “is not bluffing” about his determination to stay in power, Russia’s foreign minister said in comments broadcast Friday, as negotiations to free 21 U.N. peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels dragged into a third day. Also, the World Food Program said it aims to feed 2.5 million Syrians by […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Police strikes in Egypt accelerate, adding turmoil

Police strikes in Egypt accelerate, adding turmoil

CAIRO (AP) — Strikes by Egyptian security forces spread swiftly around the country Friday, as police walked off the job or took to the streets, angry at being blamed for crackdowns on protests against the Islamist president and accusing his Muslim Brotherhood of trying to control them. The wave of police discontent adds a new […]

March 8, 2013 | By More