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Arab League chief says fuelling violence will not help Syria

By Tamim Elyan / Reuters CAIRO: Arab League chief Nabil Al-Araby said on Thursday he was opposed to violence as a way to end the Syrian crisis after Gulf states called for arming the rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have led the Arab charge to isolate Syria, although other leading …


Syria death toll well over 7,500: UN

By AFP UNITED NATIONS: The death toll in the Syrian government crackdown is now “certainly well over 7,500,” a top UN official said Tuesday, adding that more than 100 civilians are now often killed each day. B. Lynn Pascoe, UN under secretary general for political affairs, told the UN Security Council that the international community’s …


Arab ministers to discuss Syria before summit

By Ayman Samir and Tamim Elyan / Reuters CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers will meet for two days starting on March 10 in Cairo to discuss developments in Syria and prepare for the Arab League summit in Iraq next month, a league source said. The ministers will discuss Damascus’ failure to implement the league’s resolutions of bringing …


West vows to up pressure on Assad at ‘Friends of Syria’ meet

By AFP TUNIS: Western powers vowed Thursday to boost pressure on the Syrian regime and push it to allow in vital humanitarian aid at a global conference on Friday to tackle the country’s increasingly bloody crisis. As the flashpoint city of Homs came under renewed shelling, officials said Friday’s “Friends of Syria” meeting of over …


Two Western journalists dead, Syria’s Homs pounded

By AFP DAMASCUS: Two Western journalists were killed Wednesday as Syrian regime forces pounded the rebel city of Homs for a 19th straight day, activists said, while calls mounted for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid. The latest barrage came a day after security forces killed at least 68 people across Syria, bringing the …


Arab silence at Syria crackdown speaks volumes

By Tom Pfeiffer and Shaimaa Fayed / Reuters CAIRO: Arab governments were swift to condemn Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi in February when he tried to crush a popular uprising with machineguns and heavy artillery. Now, as Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad uses tanks and live bullets to smash a wave of street protests, the relative silence from Arab capitals …


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