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Syria

Clashes erupt near UN observers’ hotel in Damascus – RT report
More clashes and street fighting are being reported in Syria’s capital. RT’s Oksana Boyko reports of “new intense clashes being heard” in Damascus “just outside the steps of the hotel UN observers are staying at.”

11.08.2012 12:45

Qatar offered Syrian ambassador $5.8mn for defection - report
Qatar’s ambassador in Mauritania allegedly offered his Syrian counterpart an advance payment of US$1 million and a monthly salary of $20,000 over 20 years, trying to convince the diplomat to defect and voice support for the opposition.

11.08.2012 12:06

­Syrian and Jordanian troops clash at border – report
Fighting involving armored vehicles broke out Friday night between Jordanian and Syrian troops in a border region. Reuters cited an unnamed Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the incident.

10.08.2012 21:31

UK vows $7.8 mln to Syrian rebels, US readies more sanctions
British Foreign Secretary William Hague offered nearly $8 million to Syrian rebels in non-military support while the US prepares new sanctions to target Damascus and its allies. But will taking sides in a civil war only lead to more bloodshed?

10.08.2012 19:44

Veteran UN envoy Brahimi to replace Annan in Syria – diplomats
Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to replace Kofi Annan as the new UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, diplomats say. Annan announced last week that he would step down as the mediator in the crisis.

10.08.2012 00:33

‘No player takes opinion of Syrian people into account’
The escalating militarization of the Syrian conflict only favors foreign players’ interests, claims Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute of Policy Studies, and an activist on the Middle East.

09.08.2012 10:57

Sarkozy urges Libyan scenario in Syria
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, has called for rapid international action on Syria, comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya.

09.08.2012 00:37

Tomorrow’s foes? Syrian rebels fear foreign Islamist fighters are ‘too extreme’
The civil conflict in Syria has brought Islamists from all over the world to the Arab country to help their brothers topple the “apostate regime”. But will the foreign allies lay down arms if Assad goes? Syrian rebels are starting to fear they won’t.

08.08.2012 18:46

Murky waters of arms trade: Ex-Blackwater to fork out up to $7.5 mln in fines
The American private military company Academi, formerly known as Blackwater, has just agreed to pay between $5 and $7.5 million in a settlement for illegal arms trading and operating in countries where sanctions prohibited it.

08.08.2012 18:46

Russia must help Syria if US supports rebels - Zhirinovsky
Vladimir Zhirinovsky has labeled calls by US senators demanding Barack Obama directly support the Syrian opposition “absolutely unacceptable,” saying his party would demand a Russian response.

08.08.2012 09:04

Sectarian slaying: Syrian rebels attack Alawites, Christians - reports
The ongoing conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly sectarian amid reports that rebel fighters have attacked a housing compound for employees of a power company, killing 16 civilians, mostly Alawites and Christians.

08.08.2012 01:23

Turkey’s backing of Syrian rebels leads to danger of Kurdish autonomy
When it comes to Turkey’s policy towards Syria, Ankara might be cutting off its nose to spite its face. As Turkey pushes for Assad’s ouster, chaos on its southern border has seen the possibility of a Kurdish-controlled region grow by the day.

07.08.2012 23:28