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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…

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…

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…

Syria cracks down on protesters, killing 34

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces intensified their assault on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, killing at least 34 demonstrators in the latest crackdown in the city of Hama, activists said. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after noon prayers on Friday in defiance of security…

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 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…

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