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Russia urges Syrian president to meet with moderate rebels

Russia said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could engage in peace talks with the more moderate elements of the armed opposition at a meeting in Geneva next month. “I do not rule out that the armed opposition, if it does not stand for extremist or terrorist views, could…

Clinton seeks alternatives to turn screws on Assad

SOFIA, Bulgaria — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Sunday to bolster existing sanctions against the Syrian regime and seek further ones to block funding and arms shipments to Damascus. Seeking other ways to turn the screws on Assad a day after Russia and China vetoed a resolution on…

UN chief tells Assad: ‘Stop killing your people’

BEIRUT — UN chief Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to stop killing his people, warning the embattled president he was heading for a dead end. “Today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people. The path of repression is…

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…

Clinton presses trade ban on Syria

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged countries to stop trading with Syria as she sought to step up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end a brutal crackdown on protesters. “We urge those countries still buying Syrian oil and gas, those countries still sending…

Syria vows ‘free elections’ as pressure grows

Syria vowed to hold “free and transparent” polls later this year but re-arrested a leading dissident, as foreign pressure mounted over its deadly suppression of anti-regime protests. Security forces arrested prominent opposition figure and former political prisoner Walid al-Bunni and his two sons, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami…

United States denounces Syria’s army as ‘barbaric’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denounced Syria’s army as “barbaric” and “reprehensible” after the latest violence, renewing its charges that President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy. The State Department highlighted the death of 12-year-old boy Talhat Dalat, who human rights activists said died of his injuries on Saturday…

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