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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Relief in US as Syrian jihadis free journalist hostage after James Foley’s killing

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... not specify any demands, only urging Western governments to make contact with the intermediary. Foley's captors had demanded €100 million (HK$1 billion) from his parents and political concessions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580526/american-journalist-held-syria-freed-qatar-exerts-influence-militants
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... countries" were now seeking security cooperation with Damascus, but "security matters could not be separated from the political cooperation". He rejected suggestions that Assad is in league ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Key Syrian rebel groups abandon opposition political leaders

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... The New York Times in Beirut Key rebel factions abandon political leaders and cast lot with al-Qaeda affiliate while more extreme faction is seen as pushing Islamist agenda Opposition ... publicly abandoned the opposition's political leaders, casting their lot with an affiliate of al-Qaeda. As support for the Western-backed leadership dwindled, a second, more extreme al-Qaeda ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318532/key-syrian-rebel-groups-abandon-opposition-political-leaders
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Barack Obama seeks US$500 million from Congress to train, equip Syrian rebels

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:07pm by AFP

    ... are better uses for these 500 million dollars." The Americans "are moving things in their own direction; they keep the fire burning instead of doing something political", Russian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541552/obama-seeks-us500-million-congress-train-equip-syrian-rebels
  5. News - China - SYRIA

    Syria at ‘critical moment’, China tells opposition chief

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 10:31am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... countries’ domestic affairs and strongly opposes foreign military action over Syria, regularly calling for a “political solution” to the crisis. China has previously hosted both opposition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1485821/syria-critical-moment-china-tells-opposition-chief
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Russia backs Syria in condemning closure of embassies in US

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 09:56pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Moscow Moscow and Damascus accuse Washington of playing politics with diplomatic conventions Russia backs Syria in jab at closure of embassies in US Syria and its ally Russia ... "torpedoed the fundamental legal principle of consular work by involving honorary consulates in political matters". US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki rejected Syria's charge, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1453471/russia-backs-syria-condemning-closure-embassies-us
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Krak des Chevaliers Crusader fortress charred and battered in war

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 05:53am by AFP

    ... the Syrian war. Shiite militant and political movement Hezbollah and its allies support Assad, while many of the country's Sunnis back the revolt. Tripoli's Sunnis and Alawites have clashed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1454912/syrias-krak-des-chevaliers-crusader-fortress-charred-and-battered-war
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Three years after revolt to topple him began, Assad retains grip on power

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 05:54am by WASHPOST

    ... than ever there is no hope. Not on the ground and not politically," Abu Emad said, using a pseudonym to protect his identity. "For the rebels to win, it will take a miracle." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1449582/three-years-after-revolt-topple-him-began-assad-retains-grip-power
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    WikiLeaks 'did not approve' its party's meeting with Syria's President Assad

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:07am by GDN

    ... WikiLeaks has revealed it did not "know or approve" of its Australian political party's visit to Syria to meet Bashar al-Assad, amid criticism from both the government and Labor over ... minister, said Syria was not a place for "political parties to pursue their political ends". "I find it extraordinarily reckless that an organisation registered as a political party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1395440/wikileaks-did-not-approve-its-partys-meeting-syrias-president-assad
  10. 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

    ... on the ground. Among the long-standing options has been the possibility of arming Syrian rebels. Such a step would only be applied if it would help nudge the process toward a political solution, one ...

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

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