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McCain suggests U.S. military intervention in Syria

DEAD SEA, Jordan — US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people. “Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military…

Syria’s Assad names new governors as protests grow

DAMASCUS — Syria’s under-fire president Sunday appointed two new governors in flashpoint provinces that have seen staunch protests against his regime, as security forces reportedly killed three more civilians. On the political front the European Union was set to call anew on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and to…

‘It’s your turn next,’ Yemen protesters tell Saleh

SANAA — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Friday to demand the resignation of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh, galvanised by the death of Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. “Ali, it’s your turn next, yours and Bashar’s,” the protesters chanted referring to Syrian President…

Gaddafi’s killing fuels Syria’s Friday protests

AMMAN (Reuters) – The killing of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi fueled demonstrations across Syria after Friday prayers that called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, braving a heavier than normal security presence, activists and residents said. “Gaddafi is finished. It is your turn now Bashar!” shouted demonstrators in the town…

‘That’s for Lockerbie’: British press cheers Kadhafi demise

LONDON — The death of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is a triumph which serves as a warning to other Middle East dictators, but concerns linger over the embattled nation’s future, media said Friday. Newspapers also lauded Britain’s role in bringing about the long-serving ruler’s downfall, but public opinion appeared to…

Syrian man charged in U.S. for spying on protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Syrian-born man has been arrested and charged in Virginia with spying on anti-Syrian protesters in the United States and passing the details on to Damascus, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was accused of acting as an agent…

Russia’s Putin leaves China with no gas deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin left China on Wednesday after a visit that yielded $7 billion in trade pacts but no breakthrough on a long-delayed gas deal with the world’s top energy consumer. Putin held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao andPresident Hu Jintao in Beijing on his first foreign trip since he announced plans…

Top Kurd killed in Syria, U.S. calls on Assad to go

A top Kurdish activist and 16 other people were killed Friday as thousands rallied in support of a new opposition front, activists said, as Washington called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “step down now”. The latest violence came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave…

U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration vowed Wednesday to keep up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime’s, a day after China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against it. “The US will continue to work with as many countries as we can to increase the pressure on…

Syrian street hails new anti-regime front: activists

The Syrian National Council, a newly launched anti-regime front, has gained mass support in Syria with many people demanding it be recognised as the country’s sole authority, activists said on Monday. The popular support on Syria’s streets for the SNC, forged Sunday in Turkey, comes as US Defence Secretary Leon…

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