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  1. Hosts China thrash Syria in opener

    Posted Sep 25th 2003, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... HOSTS China roared out of the starting blocks at the 22nd Asian Men's Basketball Championships on Tuesday, hammering Syria 103-51 in their opening Group C game in the northeastern ... Championships Tuesday's results Group A - Uzbekistan 68 Hong Kong 64; Lebanon 79 Kazakhstan 70 Group B - India 94 Kuwait 74; South Korea 103 Malaysia 72 Group C -Taiwan 74 Iran 83; China 103 Syria ...

  2. A clear message to renegade nations: resist at your peril

    Posted Dec 21st 2003, 12:00am by Gretchen Peters

    ... now awaiting trial at an undisclosed location for crimes against humanity. Analysts say the message will be heard loudly in Arab nations like Syria, which faces US sanctions for its alleged support of terrorism, for the development of chemical and biological arms and for possessing medium- and long-range missiles. The US accuses Syria of allowing armed fighters to enter Iraq, ...

  3. Yao Ming leads China bid for title

    Posted Sep 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... can never be ruled out. China play Syria in their opening match tonight. The championships run until October 1. Preliminary rounds Group A: Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong Group B: South Korea, India, Malaysia, Kuwait Group C: China, Taiwan, Syria, Iran Group D: Qatar, Japan, Philippines, Jordan Format: Each group plays a single round-robin ...

  4. Middle East envoy ends 'peace' tour

    Posted Nov 07th 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... that Beijing shared similar views. Mr Wang had just returned from a trip to the region, where from October 18 to 30 he visited Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian ...

  5. More power to the people

    Posted Oct 14th 2003, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... are pressuring Mr Sharon to redeem his pledge to crush the Palestinian resistance. Hence, possibly, a diversionary attack on Syria to placate hardliners. Efra Spigel, whose 21-year-old son was killed ... withdrawal would be a real gain for the so-called Middle East 'road map', unlike America's Syria Accountability Act, which encourages strikes against Syria, or dark hints that Iran ...

  6. Road to Damascus

    Posted Dec 21st 2003, 12:00am by Fionnuala McHugh

    ... then it is worth ignoring Syria's terrible reputation. Fionnuala McHugh jo The bus from Palmyra to Homs cost US$2 for a two-hour journey. It had tasselled curtains and glittery fringes stuck around ... Syria's terrible publicity. It often feels familiar: that is part of what makes it strange. In the space of five minutes you might see a blue- eyed man, a red-haired child, a darkly swathed woman, ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... help preserve the newly acquired freedom of the Iraqi people. But what can be expected of an organisation that allowed Syria to preside over the Security Council and called Yasser Arafat (the ...

  8. Good news for Middle East peace? Think again

    Posted Dec 17th 2003, 12:00am by Israel Shamir

    ... Saddam Hussein could be offered a deal in which he would give his captors information on... how he smuggled some of the weapons of mass destruction into Syria,' said a military observer ... With the conquest of Syria, the next stage of the Middle East subjugation to Israel would be complete and the road to Saudi oil riches would be open. Hussein's capture will not bring peace to Iraq ...

  9. Freedom of religion drew refugee Kurds to Australia

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... This religious minority mostly live in southern Turkey and Syria. Mr Kardo, and Behan, another asylum Kurdish asylum-seeker, said they were surprised to discover that followers of Alavi- or Alawi ...

  10. India and Pakistan edge forward on stalled peace bid

    Posted Nov 10th 2003, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... Vajpayee has delayed his departure on a tour of Russia, Tajikistan and Syria to address tomorrow's Saarc conclave and meet Mr Rashid on the sidelines is considered an indication that he has ...




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