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Damascus clubbers try to dance away constant threat of death

When night falls in Damascus, gaggles of determined revellers still head out on the town seeking to drown out the thunder of outgoing artillery fire with the boom of music. The shells are raining down on suspected rebel positions in suburbs just a few kilometres (miles) away but, while most…

Snipers in Syria shoot at UN chemical inspectors: spokesman

Snipers shot at a UN team set to inspect the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack on Monday, further ratcheting up tensions as the West warned of possible military action against Damascus. A defiant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared that any strike by the US and its allies…

Syria urged to allow UN access to ‘chemical attack’ site

Syria on Thursday came under intense pressure to allow UN weapons inspectors to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus which the opposition says left hundreds dead and provoked revulsion around the world. Damascus has flatly denied the allegations but a US official cited by the…

Women and children killed in shelling near Damascus: report

AFP – At least 15 civilians, including a child and three women, died on Sunday in shelling of towns east of Damascus, a monitoring group said, while tanks pounded rebel enclaves on the Syrian capital’s edges. The army said it had laid siege to rebels east of Damascus, although the…

Red Cross calls for halt to Syrian violence to deliver humanitarian aid

The Red Cross said Monday it was in talks with the Syrian authorities and rebels to halt the violence so that it can deliver aid, amid calls to allow women and children out of the besieged city of Homs. President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, again accused foreigners of funding and arming…

Syrian activists call for ‘day of defiance’

Syrian activists called for a “day of defiance” in Damascus Sunday after security forces shot dead a mourner at a funeral that turned into one of the largest anti-regime rallies ever seen in the capital. “We expect huge demonstrations,” in Damascus, Deeb al-Dimashqi, a member of the Syrian Revolution Council…

Syria forces fire on funeral, China urges bloodshed end

Security forces shot dead a mourner at a huge funeral on Saturday for demonstrators killed in rare protests in the Syrian capital, as a senior Chinese envoy issued a plea for the bloodshed to end. The Damascus funerals were for four people, two of them teenagers, killed when security forces…

Arab ministers to meet over escalating Syria crisis

Arab League foreign ministers will meet on Sunday in Cairo to discuss their next move over the Syrian crisis with the bloodshed showing no signs of abating, even spilling over into Lebanon. The Syrian National Council (SNC) said Arab recognition of the opposition umbrella group was imminent after Syrian authorities…

U.S. may close embassy in Syria as violence mounts

WASHINGTON — The United States is considering closing its embassy in Damascus over increasing safety concerns as the death toll mounts in the Syrian regime’s crackdown on protests, US officials said Friday. “We are considering closing the embassy due to the deteriorating security situation in Syria, and our increasing concern…

44 dead in Damascus suicide bombings

Suicide bombers hit two security service bases in Damascus on Friday, killing 44 people, in attacks the regime blamed on Al-Qaedabut which the opposition said were the work of the regime itself. The attacks were the first against the powerful security services in the heart of the capital since an uprising against President Bashar…

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