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Syrian crisis should not have military solution: UN chief


September 21st, 2012 - 2:38 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The solution to the Syrian crisis should not be military, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said."Government and opposition forces seem to be determined to ... Read more...

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Assad’s sister flees Syria : Report


September 19th, 2012 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's sister has fled the country along with her children to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Al Arabiya reported Wednesday citing an ... Read more...

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Government committing fraud, says CPI-M


September 14th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) The CPI-M Friday accused the government of committing a "gigantic fraud" by hiking fuel prices at a time when Indian oil companies were making huge ... Read more...

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US imposes sanctions on Hezbollah leaders


September 14th, 2012 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 13 (IANS) The US Thursday slapped fresh sanctions on three leaders of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for their alleged role in aiding the Syrian government in its crackdown ... Read more...

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Syrian opposition hopes Russia helps end conflict


September 6th, 2012 - 5:24 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia could put pressure on the Syrian authorities to help resolve the conflict in the country, a Syrian opposition leader said.Fathi Jamous, leader of the ... Read more...

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Gaddafi’s son to stand trial in September


August 24th, 2012 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Saif al-Islam, the second son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will go on trial in September in the Libyan town of Zintan, despite repeated ... Read more...

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Russia denies sending chemical weapons to Syria


August 21st, 2012 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syria has no Russia-made chemical weapons stockpile, a Russian official said Tuesday.Col. Vladimir Mandych, deputy director of the Federal Agency for Safe Storage and ... Read more...

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Russia proposes deadline to stop Syria violence


August 17th, 2012 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia is proposing setting a concrete date for a new ceasefire between government troops and opposition forces in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN ... Read more...

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Kofi Annan quits as UN-Arab League envoy


August 3rd, 2012 - 1:26 am ICT by IANS
Geneva, Aug 2 (IANS) The UN-Arab League joint special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan has announced about leaving his post, BBC reported Thursday.Annan, in a news conference, said the Syrian ... Read more...

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US says it is trying to force Assad to step down


August 1st, 2012 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US is continuing its efforts to make Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad resign, according to US State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell."The situation is grave, and ... Read more...

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Clashes between Syrian army, opposition continue in Aleppo


August 1st, 2012 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, July 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian army continued its crackdown on opposition forces in the country's industrial and financial centre Aleppo, reported Syria's state TV Tuesday.Some observers view the ... Read more...

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IOC respects Lukashenko ban: Rogge


July 27th, 2012 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge says his organization respects the decision of the British Home Office to deny London Games accreditation to Belarusian ... Read more...

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Olympics: Belarus denies boycott rumours


July 27th, 2012 - 8:06 am ICT by IANS
Minsk, July 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarus has no plans to boycott the Olympics after President Alexander Lukashenko was refused entry to Britain, the Belarusian minister for sports and tourism said.Lukashenko ... Read more...

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Syria’s use of chemical weapons unacceptable: Pentagon


July 25th, 2012 - 11:00 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities either against the opposition or someone else is "intolerable" and "unacceptable", Pentagon Press Secretary ... Read more...

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Russia reminds Syria of 1925 chemical weapons ban


July 25th, 2012 - 10:10 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow expects Syrian authorities to strictly comply with their country's obligations under the ban on chemical weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a ... Read more...

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Chechens not fighting in Syria: Kadyrov


July 23rd, 2012 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, July 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Leader of Russia's Chechnya region Ramzan Kadyrov has rejected media reports about Chechens allegedly taking part in the Syrian conflict.Syrian opposition forces seized two crossings ... Read more...

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Top Syrian military defector contacts opposition


July 13th, 2012 - 4:00 am ICT by IANS
Paris, July 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A top general who recently defected from the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria has established contacts with the opposition, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.Brig. ... Read more...

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30 Syrian army men defect to Turkey


June 25th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
Ankara, June 25 (IANS) Thirty-three Syrian army defectors, including a general and two colonels, have fled to Turkey, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported Monday.The defectors and their family members ... Read more...

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Syria ready for ’synchronized pullout’ : Russia


June 23rd, 2012 - 3:06 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian leadership has told Russia about its readiness to withdraw armed forces from the country's cities in parallel with Syrian opposition forces, according to ... Read more...

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25 killed in fresh Syria massacre


June 22nd, 2012 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, June 22 (IANS) At least 25 people were massacred Friday by "terrorists" in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, state-run SANA news agency reported.Xinhua said armed terrorist groups abducted a ... Read more...

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UN concerned over Syria violence escalation


June 13th, 2012 - 3:04 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) UN observers in Syria are worried that violence is escalating around the Syrian opposition stronghold city of Homs, the UN said."UN observers reported heavy fighting ... Read more...

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‘Terrorists may get hold of Syrian chemical weapons’


June 12th, 2012 - 8:05 am ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, June 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons may end up in the hands of terrorists as the ruling regime and anti-government forces continue fierce fighting, an ... Read more...

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Russia to discuss Syria with Iran


June 12th, 2012 - 3:10 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Iran June 13 to discuss his country's proposal for convening an international conference on Syria, the foreign ministry ... Read more...

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Syria on brink of civil conflict: Lavrov


June 10th, 2012 - 10:23 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 10 (IANS) The situation in Syria is teetering on the brink of full-fledged civil conflict, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov."It looks like Syria is on the ... Read more...

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Russia warns against hasty conclusions on Syria massacre


June 1st, 2012 - 10:57 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A number of Western countries are jumping to conclusions about the Houla massacre in Syria, where more than 100 people were killed, Russia's envoy to ... Read more...

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Russia calls for probe into Syrian massacre


May 30th, 2012 - 3:32 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a probe into the recent massacre in the Syrian town of Houla."An objective and unbiased investigation of ... Read more...

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Four nations expel Syrian envoys


May 29th, 2012 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Australia, Britain, France, and Germany Tuesday announced the expulsion of Syrian ambassadors from their countries over last weekend's massacre in Syria's Houla town which the ... Read more...

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Direct talks in Syrian standoff unlikely: Russia


May 15th, 2012 - 4:31 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia does not see any prospect of direct talks between the government and opposition in Syria in the near future, a minister has said.Despite a ... Read more...

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Al Qaeda behind Syrian blasts, says Russia


May 14th, 2012 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow believes that terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, carried out recent suicide bombings in Syria, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov Monday.At least 55 ... Read more...

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UN to send 300 peacekeepers to Syria by May-end


May 2nd, 2012 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS
United Nations, May 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN will send its 300 international unarmed observers to Syria by the end of May, said Herve Ladsous, the head of the UN ... Read more...

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‘No Syrian crisis settlement without Russia, China’


April 28th, 2012 - 9:23 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, April 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The crisis in Syria is impossible to settle if the international community ignores the positions of Russia and China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has ... Read more...

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UN approves sending 300 observers to Syria


April 22nd, 2012 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN Security Council (UNSC) Saturday authorised a dispatch of 300 military observers to Syria to supervise on the ceasefire between the government and opposition ... Read more...

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UN observer mission is in Syrian interest: official


April 16th, 2012 - 4:59 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, April 16 (IANS) To have international observers on our territory is in Syrian interest, a top Syrian official said Sunday, adding that it is so because they can help ... Read more...

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UN Syria envoy Kofi Annan to visit Russia


March 22nd, 2012 - 10:17 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan will visit Moscow in the very near future to discuss the situation in the Middle East country, Russian Foreign ... Read more...

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No Russian asylum for Syrian president: Minister


March 21st, 2012 - 8:37 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moscow has not told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave Syria and take refuge in Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said."Nobody invited him to Moscow," ... Read more...

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