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ANKARA:Turkeyclosed its embassy inDamascuson Monday because of deteriorating security conditions inSyria, a Turkish diplomatic source said. "Activities at the Turkish embassy have been suspended from this morning," the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that all diplomatic personnel have left the Syrian capital. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

KUWAITCITY: The Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamist force that emerged after the Arab Spring, is plotting to take over Gulf states, Dubai's police chief said in remarks reported on Sunday. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said he had his reasons to claim that the "Brotherhood was plotting to change the regimes in the Gulf," in an interview, published in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas. "My sources say the next step is to make Gulf governments (their ruling families) figurehead bodies only without actual ...
Syria army pounds Homs as envoy heads to Russia DAMASCUS: The army resumed shelling the central Syrian protest cities of Homs and Hamaon Saturday, monitors reported, as international envoy Kofi Annan headed to Russiain the latest push for peace. Mortar shells rained down on the flashpoint Khaldiyeh district of Homs continuously for two hours in the morning, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding that it had no information about casualties. Security forces also pressed ahead with a siege ofHamawhich they began two weeks ago, ...
Syrians in Jordan demonstrate against Assad AMMAN: Nearly 1,000 Syrians demonstrated Friday in the Jordanian capital against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, demanding "freedom" in the neighbouring country. "We will not bow. God damn you Bashar," read a banner carried by the demonstrators, outside the Syrian embassy in western Amman. "The Baathists lost their minds when we demanded freedom. Freedom to all Syrians," they chanted. They waved revolutionary flags -- the old Syrian flags between independence in 1943 up until Baath came to power in ...
Annan urged to avoid Arab League pitfalls in Syria BEIRUT: Amnesty International urged peace envoy Kofi Annan on Friday to avoid the same pitfalls as the Arab League with its planned monitoring mission to oversee a halt to year-long bloodshed inSyria. "Any UN mission to supervise an end to armed violence inSyriamust include as part of its work the monitoring and reporting of human rights violations and abuses, including crimes against humanity," Amnesty said. It urged UN-Arab League envoy Annan and the two organisations "to ensure ...
Clashes in Syria DAMASCUS: Rebels and troops clashed in northernSyriaas regime foes set their sights on the capital as the rallying cry for weekly protests on Friday, while the EU prepared to slap new sanctions onDamascus. "Damascus, here we come" was the slogan for anti-regime demonstrations on the day of weekly Muslim prayers, as posted by activists on their Facebook page, The Syrian Revolution 2011. The army and rebels clashed in the Aazaz region near the Turkish border, killing at ...
Syria violence kills 62: NGO     BEIRUT: At least 62 people, most than half of them civilians, were killed in violence across Syrian on Thursday, a monitoring group said.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 35 civilians were killed in military operations in the central provinces of Hama and Homs, as well as in Idlib province in the northwest and in Daraa in the south. Fierce clashes also killed 18 soldiers and nine army deserters across the country, the Britain-based Observatory said. Monitors ...


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