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UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 3, 2014.
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Police have video of Toronto mayor allegedly smoking crack

Police have video of Toronto mayor allegedly smoking crack

TORONTO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Toronto police said Thursday they have video of Mayor Robert Ford allegedly smoking crack and have arrested a friend of Ford's on extortion charges.

Assad calls for end to Western support for 'terrorists'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said no political settlement can be reached in his country's two-year civil war until Western nations end support for the rebels.
Owen Wilson to be a father for the second time

Owen Wilson to be a father for the second time

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Owen Wilson's former personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist is pregnant with his child, UsMagazine.com reported Wednesday.
U.N. urges Syria neighbors to keep borders open

U.N. urges Syria neighbors to keep borders open

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.N. officials urged Syria's neighbors to keep borders open amid "escalation of the Syrian conflict" as the United States planned for a strike against Syria.

Reports say Syria to get Russian missiles; U.S. aware of reports

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 9 (UPI) -- A Russian deal to sell advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria is imminent, information relayed to the United States by Israel indicated.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama: Chemicals would be 'game changer'

Obama: Chemicals would be 'game changer'

JERUSALEM, March 21 (UPI) -- A Syrian military use of chemical weapons, if proved, would be a "game changer" affecting U.S. involvement in the civil war, President Barack Obama said.
Syria calls on refugees to return

Syria calls on refugees to return

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Syrian Interior Ministry has called on citizens who have fled deadly conflict in the country to return, officials say.

Syrian peace envoy sees little change

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Reform initiatives presented by Syrian President Bashar Assad have done nothing to change the situation in Syria, the top peace envoy said.

U.S. may recognize Syrian opposition group

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The United States is moving toward recognizing the recently formed opposition coalition as the legitimate representative for Syria's people, officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
By United Press International
Iran supports joint mission for Syria

Iran supports joint mission for Syria

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Iran sees a joint U.N.-Arab League observer mission for Syria as useful policy to promote Syria's reform plans, a senior diplomat said.
Activist: 'Non-stop shelling' in Homs

Activist: 'Non-stop shelling' in Homs

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Dozens of people were killed in the restive city of Homs, Syria, Wednesday by what one activist said was "non-stop shelling" by Syrian troops.
Russian envoy arrives in Syria for talks

Russian envoy arrives in Syria for talks

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and head of foreign intelligence Mikhail Fradkov arrived in Damascus Tuesday to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Damascus Monday, citing the deteriorating situation across Syria.
U.S. envoy to Syria appalled by violence

U.S. envoy to Syria appalled by violence

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The killing of hundreds of people at the hands of Syrian security forces is a tragedy condemned by much of the world, the U.S. envoy to Damascus said.

U.S. revises travel warning for Syria

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said anti-foreigner sentiment in Syria is on the rise and warned of a possible reduction in consular services in the country.
Syria's Assad out of touch, U.S. says

Syria's Assad out of touch, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Given the Syrian president's statements during a recent interview, he is apparently disconnected from events on the ground, a U.S. official said.
U.S. ambassador returning to Syria

U.S. ambassador returning to Syria

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria who left Damascus last month after receiving death threats, is returning to the country, the State Department said.
Texas woman wins death sentence appeal

Texas woman wins death sentence appeal

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A Texas woman convicted of helping her boyfriend kill his parents won an appeal of her death sentence Wednesday that appears likely to spare her from execution.

Ford back to Syria by Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- When U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford returns to Syria, Washington expects Syrian leaders to uphold international obligations, an official said.

International force in Syria?

AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's days are numbered as opposition leaders call for international military intervention, a U.S. lawmaker said in Jordan.
Threats prompt U.S. envoy in Syria to go

Threats prompt U.S. envoy in Syria to go

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, has left the country after receiving threats to his personal safety, embassy officials said Monday.

London calls on Syrian opposition to unite

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian opposition groups need to unite to define their shared vision of a democratic future, the British foreign minister said from London.
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