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The real story behind “the Picture that made the whole world cry”

El Jadida, Morocco- A picture of a boy lying asleep between his parents’ graves has gone viral on different social media described as “the picture that made the whole world cry”. Facebookers and Twitters claim that the picture depicts a Syrian boy’s loss of his parents during the ongoing conflict between the Syrian Regime Forces and the Opposition Forces since 2011. Moreover, the picture has gained the symp ...

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Rape used as weapon of war against Syria women: report

Beirut- Women in Syria have been raped in detention, used as human shields during military operations and kidnapped to pressure and humiliate family members, a new report said on Monday. “Abuses against women (have been used as a) deliberate tactic to defeat the other party from a symbolic and psychological perspective, making women desirable targets as the conflict rages on,” said the report published by t ...

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OIC, Arab League call for Eid truce in Syria

CAIRO - The truce would allow aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas and relevant parties to prepare for the upcoming Geneva II conference. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Cairo-based Arab League have called for a truce between Syria's warring parties during the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha. In a joint appeal, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Ar ...

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SNCORF condition for 2nd Geneva Conf: withdrawal of foreign militia

NEW YORK - Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolution Chairman Ahmed al-Jabra asked for withdrawal of foreign militia in Syria as a condition for them to participate in the 2nd Geneva Conference Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolution Forces (SNCORF) Chairman Ahmed al-Jabra stated that they will attend the Geneva Conference 2 provided that the foreign militias withdraw from Syri ...

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Kerry warns of consequences if Syria does not abide by resolution

UNITED NATIONS, New York- US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Friday the UN Security Council would impose measures on Syria if it does not comply with a resolution on its chemical weapons. "Should the regime fail to act, there will be consequences," Kerry told the Security Council after the vote sealing a US-Russian agreement. Kerry hailed the deal, reached after prolonged negotiations, as a breakthr ...

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Syria peace conference in mid-November: envoy

United Nations, New York- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will announce Friday that a new Syria peace conference will be held in Geneva in mid-November, UN diplomats told AFP. "Ban will announce that there is a tentative date for mid-November," one diplomat said. Other envoys confirmed the date after a meeting between Ban and foreign ministers from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States on th ...

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US calls Russia accord on Syria resolution ‘historic’

UNITED NATIONS, New York — The United States said that an accord reached with Russia Thursday on a draft UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons was an "historic" breakthrough. "This is a breakthrough arrived at through hard-fought diplomacy," said a senior US official of the accord. "This is historic and unprecedented because it puts oversight of the Assad regime?s compliance ...

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Assad: Western powers are fighting an ‘imaginary enemy’

Damascus- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday denounced France, Britain and the U.S. for submitting a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control. In an interview with China's state television CCTV, Assad said that the Western powers were fighting an “imaginary enemy.” Interviewed in Damascus, Assad said he was not concerned about the dra ...

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Assad attacks kill 54 people in Syria

DAMASCUS -Attacks staged with heavy guns by Assad forces reportedly killed 54 people in various cities of Syria Assad regime forces staged air and land operations in various cities of Syria, killing 54 people. Regime forces staged air and land operations in regions where opponents mostly seized the control, killing 19 in Hama, 10 each in suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, 7 in Homs, 3 in Raqqa, 2 each Qunetra ...

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Russia won’t, US can’t destroy Syrian chemicals

ANKARA- Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russia had no plans to destroy the chemical stocks of Syria in Russia, according to DEBKAfile, an Israeli website known to be close to Israeli espionage channels. An analysis appeared on DEBKAfile website suggests that Russian leaders gave a cold shoulder to the Kerry-Lavrov understanding for Syria’s chemical disarmament - less than a week after it wa ...

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UN must act on Syria next week: Kerry

WASHINGTON- The UN Security Council must be prepared to agree to a binding resolution on Syria's chemical weapons next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. A "definitive" UN report had proven that the Syrian regime was behind an August chemical weapons attack, Kerry said. "Now the test comes. The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community ...

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2,545 more killed after chemical attack in Syria

ISTANBUL - Syrian army killed 2,545 people after August 21 chemical attack which killed more than 1,000 civilians, the LLC says. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC) said the Syrian army killed 2,545 people after the infamous August 21 chemical attack which killed more than 1,000 civilians. The Syrian army continues to attack civilians while international community debates how to respond the che ...

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