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Syria rebels seize Iraq border as UN action blocked  DAMASCUS: Rebels seized control of all of Syria's border crossings with Iraq on Thursday, dealing a new blow to President Bashar al-Assad, as China and Russia dismayed the West by blocking UN action against his regime. The rebel offensive on Syria's eastern border came as the army focussed its resources on Damascus, resorting to tank fire in the capital for the first time in its efforts to root out rebel fighters a day after a bomb blast killed three of Assad's top aides. The president appeared in public for the first time since the bombing, greeting his new defence minister on state television, as he scrambled to shore up his battered prestige. It was the third time in nine months that Russia and China had used their powers as permanent members of the UN Security Council to block resolutions on Syria. UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who had called on the council to impose ...

Annan UNITED NATIONS: UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is "disappointed" at the UN Security Council's failure to press for an end of the Syria conflict, his spokesman said after Russia and China vetoed a resolution proposing sanctions against the government. Annan "is disappointed that at this critical stage, the UN Security Council could not unite and take the strong and concerted action he had urged and hoped for," said his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Syria rebels seize control of Turkey border crossing: NGO  BEIRUT: Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army seized control on Thursday of a crossing on the border with neighbouring Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Rebel fighters seized control of the Bab al-Hawa crossing (in the northwestern province of Idlib) on the border with Turkey," the Britain-based rights group said, adding that the rebels went on to remove the photograph of President Bashar al-Assad that was displayed at the frontier post. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Nearly 60 killed in Darfur tribal fighting: state media  KHARTOUM: Nearly 60 people have been killed this week in fighting between Arab tribes in Sudan's conflict-plagued Darfur region, the official SUNA news agency said on Thursday. Fierce clashes along the border between East Darfur state and South Kordofan killed 35 Misseriya tribesmen and 23 from the rival Rezeigat tribe, South Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun was quoted as saying by SUNA, citing a preliminary assessment. Another 24 tribesmen from both sides were injured, he said, after officials ...
Car bomb kills south Yemen police chief  ADEN: A car bomb on Thursday killed the police chief of Yemen's southern city of Aden when he was on his way to office, a police official said, accusing Al-Qaeda of carrying out the attack. Colonel Abdullah al-Mouzai, the head of the police in Aden, "was killed when a device placed in his car exploded," the police official said, adding that the blast occurred when the police chief left home for his office. A medic told AFP ...
Over 200 killed Wednesday in Syria: NGO  BEIRUT: More than 200 people, mostly civilians, were killed on Wednesday in violence across Syria, including 38 in Damascus where armed rebels are pressing an all-out offensive, a monitoring group said. At least 214 people -- 124 civilians, 62 soldiers and 28 rebels died in one of the bloodiest days of a 16-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The figure did not include three members of Assad's ...
Syria bombing shows need for UN resolution  LONDON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said a suicide bombing that killed two top Syrian security officials on Wednesday showed the need for a UN resolution to end the crisis. The UN Security Council will later Wednesday vote on a Western resolution renewing the UN mission in Syria that calls for sanctions if the regime does not pull back heavy weapons, but Russia has already rejected it. "We are aware of reports that the Syrian defence and ...


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