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Western, Arab opponents of Bashar Al-Assad try to coordinate rebel aid

Western, Arab opponents of Bashar Al-Assad try to coordinate rebel aid

June 22, AP – Ministers from 11 countries including the United States, European and regional Muslim powers, held talks that Washington said ‘should commit participants to direct all aid through the Western-backed Supreme Military Council’, which it hopes can offset the growing power of rebel forces. Western and Arab opponents of Syrian president Bashar Al […]

June 22, 2013 | By More
Heavy floods in France forces closure of pilgrimage site in Pyrenees

Heavy floods in France forces closure of pilgrimage site in Pyrenees

June 17, PARIS (AP) — Heavy floods in southwest France have forced the closure of the Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes and the evacuation of pilgrims from nearby hotels. Floodwaters swirled Wednesday in the grotto where nearly 6 million believers from around the world, many gravely ill, come every year seeking miracles and healing. It […]

June 19, 2013 | By More
President Barack Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

President Barack Obama takes economic, foreign policy agenda to UK

June 17, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking a security, foreign policy and economic agenda to Northern Ireland for a meeting with heads of the leading industrial nations. He’s looking for consensus on Syria while pushing for common ground on trade, economic growth and tax policies. Obama left Washington on Sunday night and […]

June 17, 2013 | By More
Russian Minister: ‘Red line’ not crossed in Syria over arms

Russian Minister: ‘Red line’ not crossed in Syria over arms

MOSCOW (AP) — Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that investigators must also look into claims of chemical weapons use by Syrian rebels. France and Britain this week pointed at evidence that the nerve gas sarin was used by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, signaling that Syria has crossed the “red line” set by President Barack Obama. […]

June 6, 2013 | By More
Syria army announces capture strategic border town Qusair

Syria army announces capture strategic border town Qusair

June 5, DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The capture of the town, which lies close to the Lebanese border, solidifies some of the Syrian regime’s recent gains on the ground that have shifted the balance of power in President Bashar Assad’s favor in the Syrian civil war. The Syrian army triumphantly announced Wednesday the capture of […]

June 5, 2013 | By More
France says it confirms use of chemical weapons by Syrian regime

France says it confirms use of chemical weapons by Syrian regime

June 5, PARIS (AP) — Still, the French announcement left many questions unanswered, highlighting the difficulties of confirming from a distance whether combatants in Syria have crossed the “red line” set by President Barack Obama. The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has refused to allow U.N. investigators into the country. France said Tuesday it […]

June 5, 2013 | By More
After a debate Belgian city scraps head scarf ban

After a debate Belgian city scraps head scarf ban

May 29, AP – Brussels: More than 10,000 adult citizens, or about five times the number required to call the vote, had signed a petition calling for the prohibition to be lifted. The Belgian city of Ghent has scrapped its ban on civil servants wearing headscarves after its Socialist and Green majority overturned a measure […]

May 29, 2013 | By More
US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

US, Turkey, Qatar call for urgent UN rights debate on Syria

GENEVA (AP) — Syria’s Ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said the request violates principles of impartiality because it comes from nations that support the rebels battling the government troops. U.N. Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel says the council will decide Tuesday whether to hold the debate Wednesday. The United States, Turkey and Qatar pressed the […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
Cinema’s colorful wildlife on view at Cannes festival

Cinema’s colorful wildlife on view at Cannes festival

May 27, CANNES, France (AP) — “Look at these people, this wildlife.” As the partying journalist of Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” Toni Servillo was surveying Rome’s colorful nightlife, but he might as well have been contemplating the Cannes Film Festival. The 66th edition of the Cote d’Azur extravaganza drew to a close Sunday, awarding […]

May 27, 2013 | By More
Assad loyalists dislodge rebels from the opposition strong hold Qusair

Assad loyalists dislodge rebels from the opposition strong hold Qusair

BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 22 people including 18 rebels were killed and dozens wounded in the fighting in Qusair. Pro-Assad troops, including fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, have been trying to push rebels out of Qusair. Syrian state media has said government forces steadily […]

May 25, 2013 | By More