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EU tightens arms embargo against Syria

EU tightens arms embargo against Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 23 (UPI) -- The European Union bolstered its arms embargo against Syria Monday, as well as tightened sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Qatari mall blaze probe ordered

DOHA, Qatar, May 29 (UPI) -- Qatar's public health minister confirmed the Villagio mall fire claimed the lives of 19 people, including 13 children at a nursery school.

Qatar eyeing big Malta energy investment

VALLETTA, Malta, April 20 (UPI) -- Qatar is eyeing $1.3 billion in investments in Malta's Enemalta energy company and a gas distribution hub on the island, a local report indicated this week.
E-mails purport to show Assad private life

E-mails purport to show Assad private life

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- Iran advised Syrian President Bashar Assad on crushing the uprising while Assad's wife bought chic goods online, files purported to be private e-mails showed.

Russia signals possible shift on Syria

CAIRO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Russia, which has vetoed previous U.N. resolutions condemning violence in Syria, signaled Monday it may shift its stand amid fresh violence.
U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian government troops reclaimed two central squares in Damascus suburbs Monday and the United Nations considered a call for President Bashar Assad to resign.

Arab, Western states press Russia on Assad

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Arab and Western nations will press Russia to back a U.N. resolution supporting Arab League demands that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign, envoys said.

Syria rejects Arab League proposals

CAIRO, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Syria dismissed Arab League calls for President Bashar Assad to relinquish power to his deputy and for the country to form a unity government within two months.

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.

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.

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.
Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, critical of Turkey's stance on the unrest in Syria, warned Monday the "fire" in Syria threatened to spread to Turkey.

Commentary: The world's wealthiest

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The wealthiest state in the world is run by two men who say that democracy as practiced in the West would simply slow down economic development.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Syria launches offensive to retake Homs

Syria launches offensive to retake Homs

HOMS, Syria, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Syria has begun an offensive to retake Homs as armed defectors fight government efforts to seize the third-largest city in Syria, analysts in Syria say.

Qatar's 1st national election set for 2013

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Qatar will hold its first national election for the country's advisory council in the second half of 2013, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said Tuesday.
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DOH99071301 - 13 JULY 1999 - DOHA, QATAR: His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar, has issued a decision, July 13, (Emiri Descision No. /11/) on forming an ad hoc committee set up for drawing up a permanent constitution and defining its competence. cc/QNA UPI
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