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Syria crackdown gets bloodier amid regime isolation

More than 70 people died in one of the bloodiest days of the eight-month Syrian uprising, activists said on Tuesday, as the growing isolation of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime drew an increasingly angry reaction from his loyalists. More than 100 of his supporters stormed the Jordanian embassy in Damascus overnight — the fourth…

Violence flares after Arab League suspends Syria

DAMASCUS — Syrian forces were accused of pressing their deadly crackdown on protests Sunday even as thousands of regime supporters vented their anger a day after the Arab League suspended the country. The governments of France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey issued strong condemnations of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime after…

Arab League suspends Syria, calls for sanctions

The Arab League Saturday suspended Syria until President Bashar al-Assad implements an Arab deal to end violence against protesters, and called for sanctions and transition talks with the opposition. Syrian envoy Yussef Ahmad denounced the move as illegal, saying Damascus had already implemented the deal and accusing the United States…

14 killed, Syria accused of ‘crimes against humanity’

At least 14 people were killed in violence in Syria on Friday, most of them civilians in the restive city of Homs, as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of crimes against humanity. The Arab League, meanwhile, held a preparatory session in Cairo on the eve of a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss Syria’s failure…

Syrian death toll tops 3,500: UN rights office

More than 3,500 people have been killed in the Syrian regime’sbrutal crackdown on dissent, the UN human rights office said Tuesday, deploring the slaughter that went on despite a peace plan. “The brutal crackdown on the dissent in Syria has so far claimed the lives of more than 3,500 Syrians,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN…

Syria blasts U.S. for ‘blatant interference’

Damascus on Saturday strongly condemned Washington after the US State Department advised Syrians against surrendering following an amnesty for those who give up weapons. “The American administration disclosed again its blatant interference in Syria’s internal affairs, and its policy which supports killing, in addition to its funding of the terrorist…

Arab League urges Syria to take tanks off streets

A proposed Arab League plan to end months of bloodshed in Syriaincludes a demand to remove tanks from the streets, the head of the pan-Arab group Nabil al-Arabi told AFP on Monday. “The Arab proposal to Syria calls for withdrawing tanks and all military vehicles to bring an immediate end to the violence…

U.S. senators: Charge Assad before ICC

WASHINGTON — The UN Security Council should refer credible charges of crimes against humanity by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC), US senators urged Tuesday. In a letter to Washington’s UN envoy, Susan Rice, the lawmakers said it was time for the ICC to look into…

U.S. doubts military option on Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that it did not envision the use of force in Syria in the wake of Libya as it renewed its call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Republican Senator John McCain, speaking Sunday in Jordan, raised the prospect of military action to…

U.S. envoy quits Syria for ‘security reasons’

US envoy to Syria Robert Ford, an open critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on political dissent, has gone on indefinite leave for security reasons, an embassy official said on Monday. “Ambassador Robert Ford is on leave indefinitely. Washingtondecided to give him the leave out of concerns about his personal safety,” the…

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