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Iranians, Syrians in the US protest Rouhani, Assad policies during UNGA

New York- Gathering near the UN headquarters in NY, Iranian and Syrian expats in the US staged a protest against the policies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iranian and Syrian expats in New York City of the United States staged a protest against the policies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, gathering near the United Nations ...

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France frees frozen Syrian funds to buy food

PARIS- France has freed frozen Syrian bank assets to fund food exports to the country for humanitarian ends. France has freed frozen Syrian bank assets to fund food exports to the country for humanitarian ends. The French Trade Ministry said that the permit granted by the French authorities has been communicated to the member states of the EU and the European Commission. The US and EU had frozen the funds a ...

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Syrian opposition supports Geneva talks on a political solution

LONDON - "Geneva is based on forming a transition government with full powers by mutual agreement. It is about the change the opposition wants," said the UK special representative to the Syrian opposition Jon Wilks, the UK special representative to the Syrian opposition, has stated that President of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmad al Jarba "confirmed that Syrian opposition supports Geneva talks on a pol ...

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9 years on, Libya still not free of chemical weapons

TRIPOLI - Syria's regime says it will need at least a year to dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal, but if Libya's experience is anything to go by, this is a hopelessly optimistic forecast. Damascus has provided the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a full inventory of its chemical arsenal, in order to avert US-led military strikes in line with a US-Russian deal. ...

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Obama says U.N. report changed world opinion on Syria

Washington- A U.N. report detailing a chemical weapons attack in Syria had “changed the international opinion” on the actions of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday. While the U.N. report released Monday did not directly attribute blame as to who was responsible for the Aug. 21 attack which Washington says killed 1,400 people, Obama said it nevertheless proved everything his a ...

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US to supply Syrian opposition with protective clothing

WASHINGTON  - Obama orders special equipment for Syrian opposition to protect them against possible chemical weapons attack. The first group of assistance includes chemical weapons-related personal protective equipment (PPE) to international organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for the conduct of their operations, a statement from the White House said on Monday. ...

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UN inspectors report confirms chemical weapons use in Syria

UNITED NATIONS - The report shows “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in August 21 chemical attack in Damascus suburbs United Nations inspectors team concluded on Monday in their report that there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in August 21 chemical attack on civilians in the suburbs of th ...

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Spain arrests suspected leader who sent jihadists to Syria

MADRID - Spanish police on Monday arrested the suspected leader of a cell linked to Al-Qaeda that sent militants to Syria to carry out suicide bombings, the government said. Police seized Yassin Ahmed Laarbi in the Spanish territory of Ceuta, which borders Morocco, on terrorism charges, the interior ministry said in a statement. Laarbi, a Spanish national also knownas Pistu, is accused of leading a group th ...

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Thousands of Syrians flee Egypt for Italy: UNHCR

GENEVA -Around 3,300 Syrians have arrived in Italy by boat over recent weeks, many fleeing troubled Egypt where they had first found a haven from war, the UN refugee agency said Friday. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said that the bulk of the refugees were families, and arrived over the past 40 days, mostly in Sicily. Some 670 landed in the past week. "The majority have come from Egypt," Edwards told report ...

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Russia prepares ‘roadmap’ for Syrian chemical weapons handover: Russian FM

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Tuesday that Russia had prepared a 'roadmap' for putting chemical weapons in Syria under international control. Delivering a speech after his meeting with Libyan counterpart Muhammad Abdelaziz in the Russian capital Moscow, Lavrov said the Russian Foreign Ministry was in touch with the Assad regime and had prepared a 'roadmap.' "We, the Russian side, ...

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Pope Francis leads global fasting, prayer day for Syria peace

Vatican city- The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter's Square. The Argentine pope has called for a "cry for peace" from the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Christians as a whole, believers from other faiths and atheists. Syria's Sunni Muslim leader, Gr ...

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First hurdle cleared as US panel approves action on Syria

WASHINGTON - Carney expresses gratitude for the Senate's rapid decision as the US Senate panel votes to back use of force in Syria White House spokesperson Jay Carney expressed gratitude for the rapid move by the Senate after the US Senate panel voted late Wednesday to authorize the use of force in response to the August 21 deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria. Carney said in a statement that the resolut ...

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