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Fall of Syrian regime a ‘matter of time’: US

It is “a matter of time” before the Syrian regime headed by President Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power by a popular uprising, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Speaking in Tel Aviv after meeting his Israeli counterpart, Panetta said Washington and other foreign capitals had “made clear…

Clinton outraged as Syrians target U.S. envoy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that Syria ”take every possible step” to protect American diplomats after supporters of President Bashar al-Assad tried to attack the US ambassador. The attempt to storm an office in Damascus where the ambassador,Robert Ford, had just arrived, came with the UN Security Councildivided over whether to threaten Syria with sanctions.…

Libya inspired world, but tough road ahead: McCain

TRIPOLI — Libya’s revolution has “inspired the world” but the country faces huge challenges, including the mass proliferation of weapons, US Senator John McCain said on a visit to Tripoli on Thursday. “The Libyan people have inspired the world…. We believe strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring…

China backs Palestinian U.N. bid

China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for “prudent” international action on Syria. China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States…

Amnesty says teen girl is first female to die in Syrian custody

LONDON (Reuters) – A Syrian teenager, whose mutilated body was discovered by chance by her family in a morgue while there to identify her brother’s corpse, was thought to be the first female to die in custody during recent unrest, a rights group said on Friday. Zainab al-Hosni, 18, from…

US condemns death of Syrian activist

The United States has condemned the killing of a Syrian rights activist, as rights campaigners reported that the security forces were continuing their deadly crackdown on anti-regime dissent. New York based Human Rights Watch said Ghiyath Matar, 26, had been a key player in organising protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Syria faces new sanctions as activists urge demonstrations

Syria on Friday faced fresh sanctions targeting its oil exports, as activists called fresh anti-regime protests under the banner of “death rather than humiliation.” The European Union was to formally adopt an embargo on Syrian oil, but the sanctions would not take effect until November 15 for existing contracts after…

Iran warns NATO against entering Syria ‘quagmire’

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned NATO on Sunday against any temptation to intervene in Syria, saying that rather than the defeating a regime it would be bogged down in a “quagmire” similar to Iraq or Afghanistan. Syria’s closest ally in the Middle East, Iran has in recent days tempered its…

Syrian forces fire at protests despite Assad pledge

AMMAN (Reuters) – Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad opened fire to disperse protests demanding his removal on Friday despite a pledge that he had ended the crackdown on a five-month uprising in which 2,000 people have been killed, activists said. They said the shooting occurred in the eastern city…

Obama to call on Syria’s Assad to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and slap new sanctions on his government in a toughening of the U.S. stance toward the Syrian leader, a U.S. official said. The White House will shortly issue a “very tough” new…

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