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U.N. faults Syria for rights violations

U.N. faults Syria for rights violations

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The United Nations Thursday accused the Syrian government of "gross human rights violations" constituting crimes against humanity.
Report: Arab Spring provoking backlash

Report: Arab Spring provoking backlash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Uprisings sweeping the Middle East are the most significant challenge to authoritarianism since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a pro-democracy group says.
Crimes abundant in Syria, monitor says

Crimes abundant in Syria, monitor says

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- There are numerous signs that crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria, a former member of an Arab League monitoring team said.
EU imposing more sanctions on Syria

EU imposing more sanctions on Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Amid calls for tough measures against Syria over its crackdown on protesters, the European Union said it is planning further sanctions against the country.
London calls for united Syrian opposition

London calls for united Syrian opposition

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- There is a "growing need" for Syrian opposition movements to unite under a common banner for the sake of eventual transition, the British government said.
Obama, Jordan's Abdullah meet

Obama, Jordan's Abdullah meet

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama met with Jordanian King Abdullah in the White House Tuesday and said afterward the king has shown "great leadership" in the Middle East.

Syria 'surprised' by Qatar's call to arms

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- No more Arab blood should be spilled in Syria to serve a foreign agenda, the government said after rejecting a proposal for Arab military intervention.

Spy arrests expose Israeli penetration

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The arrest of a retired telecoms expert on suspicion of spying for Israel for 35 years has stunned Lebanon where 150 foreign agents have been arrested since 2009.
U.N. to review new draft Syria resolution

U.N. to review new draft Syria resolution

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council received a new draft resolution from Russia on Syria opposing any firm action against the Assad regime, diplomats said.

Russian ship found off Turkey's coast

ISKENDERUN, Turkey, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Turkish officials say the Russian vessel suspected of delivering arms to Syria against a European Union arms embargo has anchored off Turkey's coast.

Government forces kill 13 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Syrian government forces Monday killed at least 13 people, activists said, as Arab League officials appeared divided on whether to send troops to the country.
Syrian opposition puts death toll at 6,275

Syrian opposition puts death toll at 6,275

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Syrian revolutionary council claimed the death toll in the country tops 6,200 people since an uprising against the president began last March.

Israel fears Hezbollah targets top general

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Israeli military has tightened security around former chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi amid fears that Hezbollah plans revenge attacks to mark the upcoming fourth anniversary of the assassination if its iconic military chief.

U.N. chief warns Syria is on 'a dead end'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Five people were killed by a roadside bomb Sunday in Syria as the United Nations' chief demanded the Syrian government stop killing civilians.

Emir of Qatar: Send Arab troops to Syria

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Arab troops should be used to "stop the killing" in Syria, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, ruler of the oil- and gas-rich state of Qatar, told CBS News.

Iran denies shipping weapons to Syria

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Iranian government issued a formal denial Friday weapons are being sent to Syria by truck through Turkey.

Saudi oil output 'stretched to the limit'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil exporter, has for decades used spare production capacity to cover shortfalls in output by other oil states and prevent prices spiraling in times of crisis.

Israel needs $3.9B to fund Arrow plan

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Amid controversial cuts in Israel's defense budget and concerns of new conflict in the Middle East, the Defense Ministry is grappling with the problem of funding costly plans to build a multi-layered shield against Iranian and Syrian ballistic missiles.

Algeria pleads for peace in Syria

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- All parties to the conflict in Syria, including the government and opposition forces, are called on to work with the Arab League, an Algerian official said.

Russian official: NATO will be in Syria

MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Russian official says NATO and some of Syria's neighbors are planning a military intervention like the one that helped topple Moammar Gadhafi in Libya.
Iran 'steps up military aid to Syria'

Iran 'steps up military aid to Syria'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Even though Iran's locked in a confrontation with the West in the Persian Gulf, it appears to be stepping up its military efforts to save its strategic Arab ally, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, as he battles an insurrection aimed at toppling his regime.

HRW: Arab mission in Syria isn't working

JISR AL-SHUGHUR, Syria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Blatant violations of an agreement reached with the Arab League last year show the monitoring mission in Syria isn't working, Human Rights Watch said.
Syria accused of fooling Arab League

Syria accused of fooling Arab League

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A French television reporter was killed Wednesday as he covered a rally supporting the Syrian government in Homs.

Syria-bound ship with arms changes course

LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Cyprus allowed a Russian-owned ship suspected of carrying ammunition bound for Syria to leave port after agreeing to switch course, officials said Wednesday.

Snipers 'everywhere,' Syrian observer says

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Government snipers are "everywhere" in Syria and the regime is likely responsible for a multitude of crimes, a former Arab League observer said.
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