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Dec 27, 2012

Syria envoy calls for political change to end conflict

BEIRUT, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The international envoy seeking a
solution to Syria’s 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday
political change was needed to end the violence which has killed
44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule
until elections.

Speaking in Damascus at the end of a five-day trip during
which he met President Bashar al-Assad, Lakhdar Brahimi did not
spell out detailed proposals but said that only substantial
change would meet the demands of ordinary Syrians.

Dec 26, 2012

Syria to discuss Brahimi peace proposals with Russia

BEIRUT, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
sent a senior diplomat to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss
proposals to end the conflict convulsing his country made by
international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian and Lebanese sources
said.

Brahimi, who saw Assad on Monday and is planning to hold a
series of meetings with Syrian officials and dissidents in
Damascus this week, is trying to broker a peaceful transfer of
power, but has disclosed little about how this might be done.

Dec 26, 2012

Syria to discuss Brahimi proposals with Russia

BEIRUT, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
despatched a senior diplomat to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss
proposals made by envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to end the conflict
convulsing his country, Syrian and Lebanese sources said.

Brahimi, who met Assad on Monday as part of a series of
planned talks with Syrian officials and dissidents in Damascus
this week, is trying to arrange a peaceful transfer of power,
but has disclosed little about how this might be achieved.

Dec 26, 2012

Syrian officials head to Moscow for talks on crisis proposals

BEIRUT, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Syrian foreign ministry officials
headed to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss proposals for ending
Syria’s 21-month-old crisis apparently made by international
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian and Lebanese sources said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad and another aide will
sound out Russian officials on the details of meetings with
Brahimi in Damascus this week, a Syrian security source said.

Dec 25, 2012

Syria envoy seeks peace as clashes rage

BEIRUT (Reuters) – International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi pursued mediation efforts in Damascus on Tuesday, but there was no pause in the bloodletting as Syrian Christians marked a bleak Christmas Day with prayers for peace.

“We are here in a cave that symbolizes Syria right now,” said a priest standing beside a nativity scene in a grotto.

Dec 24, 2012

Syria envoy meets Assad as opposition frustration grows

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed solving the country’s conflict with President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, but the opposition expressed deepening frustration with the mission following what it called the latest massacre of civilians.

Underlining how rebels are taking the battle close to Assad’s doorstep, the U.N. and Arab League envoy had to drive to Damascus from Lebanon on the eve of the meeting as fighting around the international airport made it impossible to fly in.

Dec 23, 2012

Air strike kills dozens of Syrians trying to buy bread

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and many more wounded in an air strike that hit a Syrian bakery where a large crowd was queuing for bread on Sunday, activists said.

If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest air strikes of Syria’s civil war.

Dec 23, 2012

Air strike on bakery kills dozens in central Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed in an air strike while queuing for bread in Syria’s central Hama province on Sunday, activists said.

Such a toll, if confirmed, would make it one of the deadliest air strikes in Syria’s civil war.

Dec 23, 2012

Dozens killed in air strike on bakery in central Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and wounded in an air strike on a bakery in Syria’s central Hama province on Sunday, activists said, with some reporting up to 200 dead.

“There is no way to really know yet how many people were killed. When I got there, I could see piles of bodies all over the ground. There were women and children,” said Samer al-Hamawi, an activist in the town of Halfaya, where the strike hit. “There are also dozens of wounded people”

Dec 20, 2012

Syrian rebels fight for strategic town in Hama province

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels thrust into a strategic town in Syria’s central Hama province on Thursday, activists said, pursuing a string of territorial gains to help cut army supply lines and cement a foothold in the capital Damascus to the south.

They have made a series of advances across the country, seizing several military installations and more heavy weaponry, hardening the threat to President Bashar al-Assad’s power base in Damascus 21 months into an uprising against his rule.

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