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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:59pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Reports suggest that the US and Arab states are switching focus and offering intelligence and military hardware to the Free Syrian Army Southern push aims to overwhelm Assad ... Qatar and other regional countries also attended the discussions, focused on making a "stronger effort" to help the rebels. This meeting has been linked in turn to last month's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447266/push-syrias-southern-front-aims-overwhelm-assad-regime
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Obama says US is considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 02:06pm by Reuters in Rancho Mirage, California

    ... Annenberg, in this desert region of California. With the Syrian civil war a central focus of their talks, Obama told reporters with Abdullah seated beside him that he does not expect the conflict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1428395/obama-says-us-considering-new-pressure-syrias-assad
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    'Ice is breaking' in Syria talks, says UN mediator

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 10:50am by Agence France-Presse

    ... The discussions had finally focused on the Geneva I communique- the never-implemented roadmap to peace put out by global powers during talks here in 2012- but the two sides disagree sharply on what part of the text the talks should focus on. “Today we had a positive step forward because for the first time now we are talking about the transitional governing body,” Safi said. The opposition says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1417331/ice-breaking-syria-talks-says-un-mediator
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Russia says Syria to ship more chemical weapons, attend talks

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 06:56pm by Reuters

    ... would mean excluding Assad. The opposition hopes the Geneva talks will lead to Assad’s exit from power through the creation of an interim governing body, while the government wants to focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1420745/russia-says-syria-ship-more-chemical-weapons-attend-talks
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Bashar al-Assad sees no reason not to stand again for the Syrian presidency

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 11:28pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus On the eve of Geneva talks, president says he wants their focus to be on 'war against terrorism' Resolute Assad says he's likely to seek ... on Sunday at the presidential palace in Damascus in the lead-up to talks in Geneva, Assad said he expected the war to grind on. And he called for the talks, scheduled to begin tomorrow, to focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1409850/bashar-al-assad-sees-no-reason-not-stand-again-syrian-presidency
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Saudi Arabia to spend fortune to train new anti-Assad rebel force

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 11:04pm by GDN

    ... organisations. Syrian, Arab and western sources say the intensifying Saudi effort is focused on Jaysh al-Islam- the Army of Islam, or JAI- which was created in September by a union of 43 Syrian groups. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1351231/saudi-arabia-spend-fortune-train-new-anti-assad-rebel-force
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Famine looms as Syrian military tightens siege of Damascus suburbs

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... last month. With the world's attention focused on the regime's chemical weapons, activists said six people - including an 18-month-old girl - have died for lack of food in one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1317736/famine-looms-syrian-military-tightens-siege-damascus-suburbs
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Chemical watchdog examines Syria weapons details

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 03:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, Hollande’s office announced Friday. The meeting on Tuesday between Hollande and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani would focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1314549/chemical-watchdog-examines-syria-weapons-details
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad’s forces bombard rebel districts after US-Russia arms deal

    Posted Sep 15th 2013, 09:22pm

    ... opposition, has put any attacks on hold. Syrian rebels, calling the international focus on poison gas a sideshow, dismissed talk the arms pact might herald peace talks and said Assad had stepped up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1310516/assads-forces-bombard-rebel-districts-after-us-russia-arms-deal
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria says ‘nothing to hide’ from UN arms inspectors

    Posted Aug 15th 2013, 11:39am by AFP

    ... for a UN probe in March but insisted it focus solely on the Khan al-Assal site. Ban, however, had pressed for broader access and investigation of other sites as well.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1296860/un-chemical-weapons-team-departing-soon-syria

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