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May 19, 2013

Outlook dim as Syria diplomacy gathers force

AMMAN/LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s diplomats will make a major new push in the coming days for negotiations to end Syria’s civil war, but their chances of achieving a peace deal look as remote as ever.

President Bashar al-Assad poured scorn on new plans for peace talks announced unexpectedly by the United States and Russia two weeks ago and planned for Geneva in early June.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston suspect’s web page venerates Islam, Chechen independence

By Peter Graff

(Reuters) – Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site.

Abusive comments in Russian and English were flooding onto Tsarnaev’s page on VK, a Russian-language social media site, on Friday after he was identified as a suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston suspects bring echo of Chechnya’s bloodshed

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who carried out attacks on
civilians that shocked the world.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston bombers bring echo of Chechnya’s legacy of violence

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who have carried out horrific
attacks on civilians.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Feb 2, 2013

Video of protester stripped and beaten fires Egypt fury

CAIRO (Reuters) – After eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people, a video of one demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with truncheons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.

Hamada Saber, a middle-aged man, lay in a police hospital on Saturday, the morning after he was shown on television naked, covered in soot and thrashed by half a dozen policemen who had pulled him to an armored vehicle near the presidential palace.

Jan 31, 2013

Egypt politicians renounce violence at crisis talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s feuding politicians finally met on Thursday, summoned by the country’s most influential Islamic scholar who made them call an end to violence after a week of the deadliest protests since President Mohamed Mursi took office.

The meeting, called by the head of the thousand-year-old al-Azhar university and mosque, was attended both by top officials of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and secularist foes who had previously rebuffed the Islamist president’s calls for talks.

Jan 9, 2013

U.N. envoy says 40 years of Assad family rule is “too long”

BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Syrians believe that 40 years of
Assad family rule is too long, the international mediator for
Syria said, the closest he has come to calling directly for
President Bashar al-Assad to leave power.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appears to have been pushed to
take a firmer stance by a speech Assad delivered on Sunday,
which was billed as a new peace proposal but offered no
concessions and included a vow never to talk to foes he branded
terrorists and Western puppets.

Jan 6, 2013

Assad “peace plan” greeted with scorn by enemies

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A defiant President Bashar al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power.

Appearing before cheering supporters who packed the Damascus Opera House, it was his first such speech since June and first public appearance of any kind since a television interview in November.

Jan 5, 2013

Syrian army rockets Damascus rebel district

BEIRUT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The Syrian army fired rockets at a
district of Damascus on Saturday to try to drive out insurgents
fighting their way closer to the seat of President Bashar
al-Assad’s power.

As a conflict that has killed 60,000 people in 21 months
shows no sign of abating, Syria’s deputy foreign minister
visited Iran, seeking to maintain the support of Assad’s main
ally in the region.

Jan 5, 2013

Syrian army rockets rebellious Damascus district

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army fired rockets at a Damascus district on Saturday, trying to drive out insurgents fighting their way closer to the seat of President Bashar al-Assad’s power.

As fighting that has killed 60,000 persists in the 21-month uprising turned civil war, Syria’s deputy foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday, seeking to maintain the support of Assad’s main regional ally.