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Annan blames major powers for resignation  UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations and the Arab League's Syria envoy Kofi Annan blamed the major powers for not giving enough backing to his peace efforts on Thursday as he resigned his post With Syria spiraling ever further out of control and the UN Security Council riven by division over the future of President Bashar al-Assad, Annan's withdrawal dealt a hammer blow to hopes for a political solution. "I did not receive all the support that the cause deserved," Annan said, as he announced the end of his mission. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would seek a replacement, but none was waiting in the wings. "I accepted this task, which some called 'Mission Impossible', for I believed it was a sacred duty to do whatever was in my power to help the Syrian people find a peaceful solution to this bloody conflict," Annan said. "The increasing militarization on the ground and the ...

Australia urges world AMMAN: Australia on Thursday urged the world "not to neglect" the conflict in Syria, where thousands have been killed and many more have fled to neighbouring countries. "We urge the world not to neglect this crisis even for a moment," Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman. Carr, who said he planned to visit Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, called for aiding the kingdom, which is ...
Three million Syrians need food, farming aid: UN agency  ROME: Three million Syrians need food, crops and livestock assistance, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said Thursday, citing a survey by the United Nations and the Syrian government. The FAO said that figure included 1.5 million Syrians who "need urgent and immediate food assistance over the next three to six months, especially in areas that have seen the greatest conflict and population displacement." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
ADEN: Four Yemeni soldiers and a civilian were killed in an attack on Wednesday by Al-Qaeda militants on a police station in the southern town of Jaar, a local official said. "Members of Al-Qaeda attacked the station with automatic weapons and hurled a grenade, killing two soldiers and a civilian," said the official. Two other soldiers died of wounds, the same official said later, adding that another soldier was wounded. The defence ministry news website said that ...
Israel troops in exchange of fire on Egypt border JERUSALEM: Israeli troops engaged in a brief exchange of fire with unidentified gunmen across the southern border with the lawless Egyptian Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said. No-one was wounded in the exchange which took place shortly after troops arrested three "suspected infiltrators" sneaking across the frontier, she said. "IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers were travelling along the border when they saw three suspected infiltrators. After they apprehended them, they heard gunshots, and opened fire ...
First clashes near Christian areas of Damascus: NGO BEIRUT: Fighting between soldiers and rebels broke out on Wednesday for the first time near two Christian districts of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Fighting erupted at dawn on Wednesday on the outskirts of the Bab Tuma and Bab Sharqi neighbourhoods. First indications are that one soldier has been killed," the Britain-based group said in a statement. "This is fighting in areas where it has not happened before. These are areas where the rebels ...
Palestinians hurt in Gaza blast: medic GAZA CITY: Three Palestinians were wounded in an overnight blast in a building in Gaza City, a medical official in the enclave said on Wednesday. "One of those hurt was gravely wounded, and the other two were more lightly injured," said Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Islamist Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza. There was no immediate news on the cause of the explosion. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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