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Arab League suspends Syria, calls for sanctions

The Arab League Saturday suspended Syria until President Bashar al-Assad implements an Arab deal to end violence against protesters, and called for sanctions and transition talks with the opposition. Syrian envoy Yussef Ahmad denounced the move as illegal, saying Damascus had already implemented the deal and accusing the United States…

14 killed, Syria accused of ‘crimes against humanity’

At least 14 people were killed in violence in Syria on Friday, most of them civilians in the restive city of Homs, as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of crimes against humanity. The Arab League, meanwhile, held a preparatory session in Cairo on the eve of a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss Syria’s failure…

U.S. envoy quits Syria for ‘security reasons’

US envoy to Syria Robert Ford, an open critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on political dissent, has gone on indefinite leave for security reasons, an embassy official said on Monday. “Ambassador Robert Ford is on leave indefinitely. Washingtondecided to give him the leave out of concerns about his personal safety,” the…

Gaddafi’s killing fuels Syria’s Friday protests

AMMAN (Reuters) – The killing of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi fueled demonstrations across Syria after Friday prayers that called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, braving a heavier than normal security presence, activists and residents said. “Gaddafi is finished. It is your turn now Bashar!” shouted demonstrators in the town…

Third day of assault in Syria

Syrian tanks attack Latakia, third day of assault Khaled Yacoub Oweis Reuters US Online Report World News Aug 15, 2011 06:30 EDT AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian forces shelled residential districts in Latakia on Monday, residents said, the third day of an assault on Sunni neighborhoods of the port city which…

Syrian forces kill 19, U.S. threatens more sanctions

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian forces killed at least 19 people in raids near the Lebanon border and in the country’s Sunni tribal heartland, activists said, pursuing a military campaign to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s forces have intensified assaults on towns and cities across the country since…

Hackers deface Syrian defense ministry website

The website of Syria’s Ministry of Defense was offline on Monday after being defaced by the “hacktivist” group Anonymous to protest a bloody crackdown on anti-government protestors. Repeated attempts to connect to the site, www.mod.gov.sy, were met with an error message on Monday. On Sunday, the Internet vigilante group Anonymous…

UN Syria talks stumble amid pressure on U.S.

The UN Security Council meets again Wednesday as it struggles over how to respond to the Syria crisis Russia warns is veering toward civil war, amid growing pressure on the US to take a tougher line. Divisions remained among the 15 nations on the wording of any condemnation of President…

Syrian army kills 136 in crackdown: activists

Syrian forces killed nearly 140 people including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama, activists said, prompting calls for emergency Security Council talks. Activists said it was one of the deadliest days in Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March 15…

Syrian forces round up hundreds near northern town

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour on Monday, fleeing residents said, after President Bashar al-Assad’s army retook the rebellious town. Nearly 7,000 Syrians have already fled the region around Jisr al-Shughour, seeking sanctuary in neighboring Turkey, while thousands…

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