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Syria frees activists, says may end emergency law

DAMASCUS – President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Thursday said it may scrap an emergency law in place since 1963 and announced the release of all activists detained this month, following a week of deadly protests in the south. “Under a directive by President Bashar al-Assad, all those detained in recent…

15 reported killed in Syrian protest city

DARAA, Syria – Human rights activists said at least 15 people were killed on Wednesday in the volatile Syrian city of Daraa, hub of a week of anti-regime protests, as anger reportedly spread to neighbouring towns. Activists and residents said security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Omari mosque…

WATCH: Rumsfeld releases bizarre video from Saddam

WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld has resurrected a bizarre gift from Saddam Hussein: a video that purports to show female Syrian soldiers biting the heads off snakes, and a male comrade stabbing a puppy to death. The former US defense secretary, an architect of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in…

Calls on Facebook to oust Syria’s Assad

NICOSIA (AFP) – A Facebook page has called for mass protests in Syria and in several Western countries against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The organisers of the page, which had 25,000 fans early on Saturday, said the date for demonstrations to be held “in all Syrian cities” was…

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