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Syria peace talks to start Jan. 22

Nov. 23 (UPI) --The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition will hold peace talks starting Jan. 22, 2014, the United Nations {link:announced: "http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/25/syria-geneva-un-peace-talks/3695995/",nw} Monday.
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Double blast outside Iranian Embassy in Beirut

Nov. 19, BEIRUT (UPI) -- Two bombs were detonated outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut Tuesday killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 150, local media reported.
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Syrian officials in Moscow for talks

Nov. 18 (UPI) --Advisers close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in Moscow Monday, in order to hold talks with Russian officials over a Geneva based peace conference that hopes to end the war in Syria.
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Car bomb jars Damascus, killing eight

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Women, children and members of a maintenance crew were among the casualties in a car bombing outside a building in Damascus Wednesday, Syrian authorities said.
U.N. team begins destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

U.N. team begins destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.N. experts began field visits in Syria Sunday, starting the process of destroying the country's chemical arsenal, a source told Chinese news agency Xinhua.

John Kerry visits Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

ZAATARI, Jordan, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday met with Syrian refugees at camp in Jordan.

Pakistani Taliban says its fighters are in Syria

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 15 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban says more than 100 of its fighters have reached Syria to join local rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syrian government looking for partnership at upcoming conference

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Syria's foreign minister said his country wants a successful outcome at the upcoming Switzerland conference on Syria, but will not cater to the opposition..

Palin knocks Obama and says Allah should sort out Syrian war

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama's decision to arm rebels in Syria, and said the United States should "let Allah sort it out."
Hollande explains French foreign policy: Syria without Assad

Hollande explains French foreign policy: Syria without Assad

PARIS, May 31 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande said Friday recent French military operations were a success and that France was working on political transition in Syria.

Turkey says Syria set off deadly car bombs

ANKARA, Turkey, May 12 (UPI) -- Turkey Sunday accused neighboring Syria of being behind the weekend car bombings that killed 46 people in the border town of Reyhanli.

Senators urge cautious action on Syrian conflict

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- A trio of U.S. senators said the Obama administration must do more to identify and assist friendly elements of the anti-Assad rebel forces fighting in Syria.

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U.S. OKs direct non-lethal aid to rebels

U.S. OKs direct non-lethal aid to rebels

ROME, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The United States, for the first time, will provide food and medical support directly to to anti-government rebels in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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Syrian gov't intensifies attacks on rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Syrian government stepped up attacks on rebels in Damascus Sunday with warplanes and intensified artillery, anti-government activists in Beirut said.

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Russia criticizes demands for Assad's exit

MOSCOW, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the main obstacle to peace in Syria is rebel insistence on toppling the government.
Assad calls rebels 'enemies of God'

Assad calls rebels 'enemies of God'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Standing defiantly against pressure to step down, Syrian President Bashar Assad called on the Syrian public to fight rebels he deemed "enemies of God."

Lebanon opens bidding for East Med gas

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- As many as 40 international oil companies are expected to bid for offshore natural gas exploration blocks in Lebanon's sector of the eastern Mediterranean that lies north of major deepwater gas fields in Israeli waters.

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Atrocities alleged after Syria battle

Atrocities alleged after Syria battle

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian government troops reportedly pushed rebels out of a district in the key city of Homs and then exacted a heavy toll from civilian residents, rebels said.

Syria seeks arrest of Lebanese ex-PM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost authority, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday after learning of a Syrian warrant for his arrest.

Syria: Looted SAMs give rebels a new edge

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Syrian rebels are believed to have used captured surface-to-air missiles in what could be an important tactical gain in the country's 20-month-old civil war.
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