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Three Americans arrested in Syria

WASHINGTON – Three Americans have been arrested in Damascus in recent days, and two are still being held, the US State Department said Tuesday, amid two weeks of unprecedented dissent in Syria. “We can confirm the recent arrest of three American citizens in Damascus and one of whom has subsequently…

Syria cabinet resigns, Assad to address nation

DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to address the nation Wednesday in his first speech in two weeks of unprecedented dissent and one day after his cabinet resigned, a senior official said. “The president will address the country tomorrow Wednesday from parliament,” the official told AFP, without giving further…

Syria’s Assad deploys army in port to keep order

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army in Syria’s main port of Latakia for the first time after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country. Assad, 45, who has made no direct public comment since protests started sweeping…

Two Reuters TV personnel missing in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Two Reuters television journalists have been missing in Syria since Saturday night, when they were due to return to Lebanon. Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji had been expected to cross into Lebanon by road at approximately 1830 GMT (2:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday, where…

Yemen’s president says he’s ready to step down

Cynthia Johnston and Mohamed Sudam SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah said on Friday he was ready to cede power, the third Arab ruler who may be forced out by popular protests which began in North Africa and have now spread into the Gulf, Syria and Jordan. Saleh said…

Deaths reported as demos held in Syrian cities

DARAA, Syria — Protesters took the streets in a number of Syrian cities Friday to demand major change, dismissing promises of reforms by the authorities as rights activists reported deaths in police shootings. Demonstrations were reported in Damascus, Banias, Latakia, Hama, Dahel and Homs, and the southern town of Daraa,…

Syria protests spread, arrests in capital: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Protests spread in Syria on Friday from their southern epicentre of Daraa to Damascus and a town south of the capital, where authorities moved to arrest at least five demonstrators. Hundreds of people marched from Omayyed mosque in the centre of Damascus’ Old City along Souk Al-Hamadiyeh…

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…

Wave of unrest shakes Syria, crowds torch party HQ

DAMASCUS – Crowds set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa Sunday, residents said, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states. The demonstrators also set ablaze the main courts complex and two…

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