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Syrian opposition will take full possession of Arab League seat

The opposition Syrian National Coalition will take full possession of the country’s seat on the Arab League now that it has formed a provisional government, its chief said Tuesday in Cairo. Ahmad Jarba, speaking at a news conference with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, also said the Coalition would hold…

Syria presses assaults ahead of Annan peace bid

Syrian forces pursued armed rebels on Tuesday in a number of flashpoint areas ahead of a peace mission by UN-Arab League envoyKofi Annan, as a top US senator called for air strikes to protect civilians. Soldiers in tanks and armoured carriers stormed the town of Herak in the southern province…

Arabs suspend observer mission, Syria deaths spike

The Arab League suspended its controversial observer mission in Syria on Saturday as the bloodshed in a crackdown on anti-regime protests spiked, with the death toll topping 210 in four days. The announcement came as the opposition Syrian National Council said its leader would travel to New York to press…

Gulf states pull observers out of Syria

Gulf states on Tuesday followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in pulling their observers out of Syria, while urging the UN Security Council to pile pressure on Damascus to end its crackdown on dissent. “Gulf Cooperation Council states have decided to follow Saudi Arabia’s decision to pull out its observers from the Arab League mission in Syria,” the…

Syria rejects Arab League call for power change

Syria on Monday rejected an Arab League plan for President Bashar al-Assad to transfer power to his deputy, calling the initiative a “flagrant interference,” state TV quoted an official as saying. “Syria rejects the decisions taken which are outside an Arab working plan, and considers them an attack on its…

Arab League calls on Syria’s Assad to step aside for sake of peace

The Arab League on Sunday asked the UN to support a new plan for resolving the crisis in Syria that sees President Bashar al-Assad transferring power to his deputy and a government of national unity within two months. Assad should “delegate powers to the vice president to liaise with a…

Qatar emir says he favors Arab force in Syria

Qatar favours sending Arab forces into Syria to stop the deadly 10-month crackdown on dissent as the Arab League said Saturday it will reassess its heavily criticised observer mission there. The emir of Qatar, in an interview with US network CBS to air Sunday, says he favours dispatching Arab troops to Syria to “stop the…

Palestinians to seek UN, Arab league talks on settlement

Palestinian leaders decided on Saturday to seek sessions of the UN Security Council and the Arab League, hoping for action to halt Israeli settlement. A statement by the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said continued settlement growth in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem was liable “to…

Thousands attend funerals of Damascus blast victims

Thousands of people on Saturday attended prayers in memory of the 44 people killed by suicide bombers in Syria’s capital as charge and counter-charge swirled over who was behind the attacks. The funeral prayers, at Damascus’s central Omayyad Mosque, came as an Arab League delegation met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem…

Syria opposition urges UN action over ‘massacres’

The opposition Syrian National Council on Wednesday urged theUN Security Council and Arab League to hold emergency meetings after “massacres” carried out by regime forces. Reacting to reports this week of the killing of hundreds of civilians, the opposition bloc called for an “emergency UN Security Council session to discuss the regime’s massacres in…

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