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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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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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17 killed in Syrian car bombing


September 10th, 2012 - 6:33 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least 17 people were killed and over 40 wounded after a car loaded with explosives went off in Syria's Aleppo city Sunday night, SANA ... Read more...

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Assad must go: EU foreign ministers


September 9th, 2012 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
Nicosia (Cyprus), Sep 9 (IANS) Foreign ministers of countries in the European Union (EU), who met for a two-day meeting in Cyprus, demanded the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ... Read more...

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Russia to push Syria peace plan at UNSC


September 9th, 2012 - 5:05 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia will push the UN Security Council this month to endorse a Syria peace plan brokered in Geneva, Russia's foreign minister has said."We stressed at ... Read more...

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West’s Syria policy could backfire: Putin


September 7th, 2012 - 6:54 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Western powers that their "dangerous" stance on the Syria crisis could come back to haunt them."Today, some want to ... Read more...

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Italy ready to intervene militarily in Syria


September 5th, 2012 - 9:33 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Italy would be ready to send military forces to Syria if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, Italian Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said."Italy has the ... Read more...

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August deadliest month in Syria; 5,000 killed


September 5th, 2012 - 1:49 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Around 5,000 people died in Syria's civil war in August, making it the deadliest month since violence started 18 months ago, according to opposition activist groups.The ... Read more...

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Russia disagrees with West on Syrian crisis solutions: Lavrov


September 1st, 2012 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 1 (IANS) Though everyone wants to see a Syria free of turmoil, Russia and Western countries have different views on how to solve the prolonged crisis, Russian Foreign ... Read more...

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Prepare to take power: Germany, Italy tell Syrian opposition


August 30th, 2012 - 10:06 am ICT by IANS
Berlin, Aug 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti have called on the Syrian opposition to prepare to take over power in the country."The ... Read more...

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Probe ‘terrorist acts’ in Syria, says Russia


August 30th, 2012 - 7:13 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia insists that terrorist acts in Syria should be investigated with UN and Arab League representatives, the Russian foreign ministry said.The ministry referred in particular ... Read more...

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France ready to recognise Syrian opposition as government


August 28th, 2012 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS
Paris, Aug 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) French President Francois Hollande has called on the Syrian opposition to establish a provisional government and says that France is ready to recognise it."France calls ... Read more...

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Iran stresses support to Syria


August 27th, 2012 - 8:13 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Aug 27 (IANS) Iran's national security chief has said his country stands against any foreign intervention in Syria, and that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran will aim ... Read more...

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Syrian TV denies intelligence chief’s murder


August 27th, 2012 - 3:38 am ICT by IANS
Beirut, Aug 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A pro-government Syrian TV channel, al-Dunya, has denied media reports that said Jamil Hassan, head of Syria's air force intelligence, had been assassinated.Citing Syrian opposition ... Read more...

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Syrian rebels set free one of 11 Lebanese pilgrims


August 26th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
Beirut, Aug 26 (IANS) One of 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped by armed men in Syria since May has been set free, officials said.Hussein Ali Omar, who was just freed, touched ... Read more...

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Iranian parliamentary delegation in Syria for talks


August 26th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Aug 25 (IANS) A delegation from Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission arrived in the Syrian capital on a two-day visit Saturday for talks with top Syrian ... Read more...

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India, US discuss Syria, Iran, UN reforms


August 22nd, 2012 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Against the backdrop of the escalating crisis in Syria, India and the US Wednesday discussed the impasse in the violence-torn West Asian country and ... Read more...

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US downplays Syrian offer to discuss Assad’s resignation


August 22nd, 2012 - 4:56 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) The US has downplayed the latest Syrian offer to discuss President Bashar al-Assad's resignation through dialogue, saying it sees nothing "terribly new", Xinhua reported.Referring to remarks ... Read more...

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Syria dismisses Obama threat as election ploy


August 21st, 2012 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) US President Barack Obama's threat to intervene in Syria is an element of his election campaign, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Kadri Jamil said Tuesday."As ... 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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Assad offers Eid prayers


August 19th, 2012 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, Aug 19 (IANS) Syrian state TV Sunday aired live footage of embattled President Bashar al-Assad performing special prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, in a rare public appearance in ... Read more...

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Syrian vice president defects: Rebels


August 18th, 2012 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) One of two deputies of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defected and fled the country for Jordan, an opposition spokesman said Saturday.Vice President Farouq ... Read more...

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Anti-Assad protesters attack Russian embassy in London


August 17th, 2012 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pelted the Russian embassy in London with stones overnight, causing significant damage to the building, the embassy said in ... Read more...

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Assad regime on verge of collapse: Syrian ex-PM


August 15th, 2012 - 6:54 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of two-thirds of the country and is on the verge of collapse, former Syrian prime ... Read more...

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Top UN official to visit Syria


August 14th, 2012 - 10:35 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos will visit Syria and Lebanon to discuss ways to increase emergency aid to civilians affected by the Syrian conflict.UN spokesman ... Read more...

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Syrian forces storm rebel-held Aleppo


August 14th, 2012 - 8:34 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syrian government troops have stormed the rebel-held city of Aleppo using tanks and armoured vehicles, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Clashes with rebel ... Read more...

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Assad appoints former health minister as PM


August 9th, 2012 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed former health minister Wael al-Halqi to the post of prime minister.Halqi was appointed following the defection of the ... Read more...

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Iran rejects foreign intervention in Syria


August 8th, 2012 - 4:51 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Aug 8 (IANS) Iran has dismissed the idea of foreign intervention in violence-ridden Syria, Xinhua reported.On Tuesday, the visiting secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, stressed ... Read more...

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11 caught trying to escape Iraq jail


August 7th, 2012 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 7 (IANS) Eleven Al Qaeda prisoners was caught trying to tunnel out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison using a frying pan and a part of a ceiling fan, ... Read more...

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Syrian PM’s defection shows isolation of Assad: Italy


August 6th, 2012 - 11:31 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 6 (IANS/AKI) The defection Monday of Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab demonstrates the "progressive isolation" of President Bashar al-Assad, Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said.The defection was evidence ... Read more...

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Ahmadinejad invited to Saudi Arabia to discuss Syria


August 6th, 2012 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS
Tehran, Aug 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will take part in a meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Saudi Arabia, which will focus on ... Read more...

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Syrian PM joins rebels, flees to Jordan: Reports (Lead)


August 6th, 2012 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 6 (IANS) Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab joined the opposition and fled to Jordan Monday, in what could be the highest-ranking defection in the 17-month uprising. State media ... Read more...

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Syrian state TV station bombed in Damascus, PM fired


August 6th, 2012 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow/Damascus, Aug 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian state television and radio building in Damascus was Monday rocked by a powerful bomb blast, even as Prime Minister Riyad Hijab was dismissed ... Read more...

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Britain equipping Syrian rebels with satellite phones


August 5th, 2012 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 5 (IANS) British officials are secretly equipping Syrian rebel groups with satellite phones in a bid to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the Daily Mail reported.The supply of the ... Read more...

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