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# damascus - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

Four Syrian soldiers killed as Arab League begins second day of observing
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# Syria

Four Syrian soldiers killed as Arab League begins second day of observing

Dec 28th 2011, 10:49 AM 957 Views 1 Comment

Human Rights Watch has accused Syrian authorities of hiding hundreds of detainees from the observers now in the country.

# damascus - Friday 23 December, 2011

40 killed as double bombing strikes Syrian capital Damascus: report
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# Syria

40 killed as double bombing strikes Syrian capital Damascus: report

Dec 23rd 2011, 12:54 PM 1,053 Views 1 Comment

The Syrian capital suffered twin bombings today, which local authorities claim bear the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda attack.

# damascus - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

ICC should investigate suspected Syrian rights abuses, says UN rights chief
# Syria
# Syria

ICC should investigate suspected Syrian rights abuses, says UN rights chief

Dec 13th 2011, 8:03 AM 433 Views 0 Comments

Navi Pillay says that the human rights commission’s recent report on Syria concluded that state forces had committed systematic and gross violations of human rights.

# damascus - Monday 12 December, 2011

Syrian troops and army defectors clash as elections underway
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# Syria

Syrian troops and army defectors clash as elections underway

Dec 12th 2011, 2:18 PM 488 Views 1 Comment

Municipal elections are underway across the country but turnout is expected to be low as anti-government opposition called for a boycott of the poll.

# damascus - Friday 9 December, 2011

Children among the dead as violence escalates in Syria
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# Syria

Children among the dead as violence escalates in Syria

Dec 9th 2011, 5:35 PM 1,082 Views 4 Comments

Two boys, ages 10 and 12, were hit by stray bullets near government checkpoints in the city of Homs, according to anti-government protesters.

# damascus - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

"We don't kill our people": Syria's Assad denies govt gave order for violent crackdown
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# Syria

"We don't kill our people": Syria's Assad denies govt gave order for violent crackdown

Dec 7th 2011, 2:32 PM 851 Views 7 Comments

Bashar Assad questions reports of violence against civilians, says he feels no guilt over protest deaths.

# damascus - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

US diplomat to return to Syria following withdrawal over security fears
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# Syria

US diplomat to return to Syria following withdrawal over security fears

Dec 6th 2011, 4:42 PM 390 Views 0 Comments

Ambassador Robert Ford is to head back to Syria. He was withdrawn in October after being criticised by Syria over

# damascus - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Turkey hits Syria with sanctions, freezes assets of Assad's regime
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# Syria

Turkey hits Syria with sanctions, freezes assets of Assad's regime

Nov 30th 2011, 3:59 PM 932 Views 10 Comments

Turkey – Syria largest trading partner – has announced that it will apply a range of economic and financial sanctions on Syria over of its failure to cease its brutal eight-month crackdown on protesters.

# damascus - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Arab League rejects Syrian changes to peace plan
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# Syria

Arab League rejects Syrian changes to peace plan

Nov 20th 2011, 12:47 PM 829 Views 6 Comments

The Arab League has said that the Syrian government has changed the peace plan and altered its essence.

Syrian ruling party building hit by grenades in capital Damascus
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# Syria

Syrian ruling party building hit by grenades in capital Damascus

Nov 20th 2011, 8:07 AM 1,040 Views 2 Comments

The attack marks the first significant attack on a government building in relatively quiet central Damascus.

# damascus - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

France recalls Syrian ambassador
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# Syria

France recalls Syrian ambassador

Nov 16th 2011, 3:54 PM 665 Views 1 Comment

Meanwhile, Syria is boycotting today’s Arab League meeting in Rabat over the group’s decision to suspend its membership.

# damascus - Sunday 13 November, 2011

Syria calls for Arab summit on deepening unrest
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# Syria

Syria calls for Arab summit on deepening unrest

Nov 13th 2011, 12:53 PM 166 Views 2 Comments

Saturday’s raids on the Saudi and Qatari raids have been condemned while thousands of pro-regime supporters take to the streets.

# damascus - Sunday 6 November, 2011

Syrian troops kill 11 despite Arab League accord
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# Syria

Syrian troops kill 11 despite Arab League accord

Nov 6th 2011, 4:46 PM 199 Views 11 Comments

Under the Arab League plan, Syria’s government agreed to pull tanks and armored vehicles out of cities, release political prisoners and allow journalists and rights groups into the country.

# damascus - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Syria plants land mines on Lebanese border
# Crackdown
# Crackdown

Syria plants land mines on Lebanese border

Nov 1st 2011, 9:07 PM 254 Views 9 Comments

A Syrian official has claimed that the mines are meant to prevent arms smuggling across the border.

# damascus - Sunday 30 October, 2011

Syria's Assad says intervention would create 'another Afghanistan'
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# Syria

Syria's Assad says intervention would create 'another Afghanistan'

Oct 30th 2011, 1:55 PM 210 Views 5 Comments

The Syrian President said that Western intervention in his country’s uprising would trigger massive unrest that would “burn the whole region.”

# damascus - Sunday 16 October, 2011

Arab League to discuss suspending Syria
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# Syria

Arab League to discuss suspending Syria

Oct 16th 2011, 4:40 PM 124 Views 2 Comments

Officials have called an emergency meeting to discuss putting more pressure on Syria’s government to end its bloody crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

# damascus - Thursday 13 October, 2011

US citizen charged with spying for Assad regime in Syria
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# Syria

US citizen charged with spying for Assad regime in Syria

Oct 13th 2011, 10:09 AM 115 Views 1 Comment

The 47-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with acting in the US as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

# damascus - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Russia and China veto UN Resolution on Syria
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# Syria

Russia and China veto UN Resolution on Syria

Oct 5th 2011, 10:10 AM 575 Views 8 Comments

Meanwhile, Syrian TV has broadcast an interview with a woman who human rights groups had said was killed by security forces in July.

# damascus - Monday 29 August, 2011

Syrian forces kill six as Turkey warns Assad of his future demise
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# Syria

Syrian forces kill six as Turkey warns Assad of his future demise

Aug 29th 2011, 4:43 PM 346 Views 1 Comment

Turkey tells Damascus to look at Tunisia, Egypt – and now Libya – as warnings on the future collapse of the Assad regime.

# damascus - Thursday 18 August, 2011

Syria: Bashar compared to Gaddafi amid claims military ops have stopped
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# Syria

Syria: Bashar compared to Gaddafi amid claims military ops have stopped

Aug 18th 2011, 8:16 AM 148 Views 2 Comments

Assad has apparently told the UN that military and police operations in his country have stopped.

# damascus - Monday 8 August, 2011

Kuwait recalls Syrian ambassador amid reports of fresh violence
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# Syria

Kuwait recalls Syrian ambassador amid reports of fresh violence

Aug 8th 2011, 3:24 PM 159 Views 0 Comments

Meanwhile, Kuwait also says that Gulf foreign ministers will meet soon to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.

# damascus - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

Power and phone lines cut as Hama comes under siege from Syrian forces
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# Syria

Power and phone lines cut as Hama comes under siege from Syrian forces

Aug 3rd 2011, 3:45 PM 180 Views 0 Comments

For the past four days, Syrian troops have tightened their siege on Hama, sending residents fleeing for their lives.

# damascus - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

Syria: As violence continues what will the UN do?
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# Syria

Syria: As violence continues what will the UN do?

Aug 2nd 2011, 8:53 AM 300 Views 5 Comments

Meanwhile, Italy announced today it is recalling its ambassador to Syria. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has so far seen no end to the violence.

# damascus - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Syrian troops kill 8 near Damascus, says rights group
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# Syria

Syrian troops kill 8 near Damascus, says rights group

Jul 27th 2011, 6:01 PM 103 Views 1 Comment

Syrian troops allegedly opened fire on scores of people in a Damascus suburb today, killing at least eight people.

# damascus - Friday 15 July, 2011

Syrian forces open fire on protesters, killing 14
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# Syria

Syrian forces open fire on protesters, killing 14

Jul 15th 2011, 2:58 PM 217 Views 17 Comments

Today’s rallies appear to be the largest and most widespread since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March.

# damascus - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Clinton says Assad has 'lost legitimacy' but Syria says that's provocation
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# Syria

Clinton says Assad has 'lost legitimacy' but Syria says that's provocation

Jul 12th 2011, 2:55 PM 156 Views 0 Comments

The US said it had nothing invested in Bashar Assad remaining in power.

# damascus - Monday 11 July, 2011

Syrian protesters storm US embassy in Damascus
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# Syria

Syrian protesters storm US embassy in Damascus

Jul 11th 2011, 3:06 PM 276 Views 5 Comments

Witnesses say protesters scrawled graffiti referring to the US ambassador to Syria as a “dog”.

# damascus - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Syrian army moves into Hama after massive demonstrations
# Crackdown
# Crackdown

Syrian army moves into Hama after massive demonstrations

Jul 5th 2011, 1:09 PM 290 Views 0 Comments

Day 112 of the Syrian Revolution and Assad’s crackdown on the anti-government movement continues as tanks move on the city of Hama.

# damascus - Friday 1 July, 2011

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place
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# People Power

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place

Jul 1st 2011, 5:21 PM 523 Views 3 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets all across Syria to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s current regime.

# damascus - Monday 13 June, 2011

'Gay girl in Damascus' blogger revealed as married man in Scotland
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'Gay girl in Damascus' blogger revealed as married man in Scotland

Jun 13th 2011, 10:43 AM 843 Views 6 Comments

Revelation of campaigning blogger’s true identity sparked outrage among the gay community in Syria, with one blogger saying his life is “in harm’s way” because of the Damascus blog.

# damascus - Saturday 11 June, 2011

Thousands flee Syrian violence into Turkey with more likely to follow
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# Syria

Thousands flee Syrian violence into Turkey with more likely to follow

Jun 11th 2011, 6:42 PM 268 Views 8 Comments

A brutal government crackdown continues in Syria with Turkey dealing with the growing number of refugees crossing its borders.

# damascus - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Doubts over the identity of kidnapped Syrian blogger
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# Blogger

Doubts over the identity of kidnapped Syrian blogger

Jun 9th 2011, 6:37 PM 587 Views 1 Comment

Images used to portray the blogger Amina Arraf have been revealed as those of a London woman, who says she’s never met Arraf.

# damascus - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Gay Syrian blogger kidnapped by armed men
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# Syria

Gay Syrian blogger kidnapped by armed men

Jun 7th 2011, 5:39 PM 690 Views 1 Comment

Amina Arraf, author of ‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ had written posts and given them to her cousin in case anything happened to her. Her family believe she is alive and well.

# damascus - Sunday 29 May, 2011

Two dead and several injured after Syria sends tanks and troops to quell protests
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# Syria

Two dead and several injured after Syria sends tanks and troops to quell protests

May 29th 2011, 3:59 PM 166 Views 0 Comments

Human rights groups now say that more than 1,000 people have been killed in the two-month long crackdown on protests by Bashar Assad’s government troops.

# damascus - Wednesday 18 May, 2011

Syria denies anti-regime protesters were buried in mass graves
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# Syria

Syria denies anti-regime protesters were buried in mass graves

May 18th 2011, 11:34 AM 221 Views 0 Comments

Syrian protesters have claimed that more than 20 bodies were removed from one grave and over 40 others were found in nearby fields – allegations the government insists are “completely untrue”.

# damascus - Friday 13 May, 2011

Thousands of Syrians take to the streets again with one protester killed
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# Syria

Thousands of Syrians take to the streets again with one protester killed

May 13th 2011, 3:58 PM 157 Views 0 Comments

In what has become a weekly event, thousands of protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers only to be met with bullets, tear gas and batons wielded by security forces.

# damascus - Friday 6 May, 2011

Witnesses say 30 people killed as Syrians protest in 'day of defiance'
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# Syria

Witnesses say 30 people killed as Syrians protest in 'day of defiance'

May 6th 2011, 8:49 PM 305 Views 0 Comments

The UN is sending a team into Syria to investigate the circumstances surrounding the apparent crushing of the uprising and the European Union is expected to place sanctions on Syrian officials next week.

# damascus - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Syrian troops begin withdrawal from besieged Daraa
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# Syria

Syrian troops begin withdrawal from besieged Daraa

May 5th 2011, 12:02 PM 329 Views 0 Comments

Troops are beginning a “gradual withdrawal” 11 days after the embattled president unleashed tanks and snipers to crush dissent in the city.

# damascus - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

Syria resorts to intimidation and abduction of protesters
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# Syria

Syria resorts to intimidation and abduction of protesters

May 3rd 2011, 6:22 PM 283 Views 0 Comments

In the face of international condemnation for its violent oppression of protests, the Syrian regime has instead launched a campaign of intimidation – with people being plucked from their homes and offices in the middle of the day.