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Sep 14, 2012
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Lebanon Christians feel under siege but find hope in Pope Benedict’s visit

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( St. George’s Maronite Cathedral and Mohammad al-Amin mosque side by side in central Beirut, 13 Sept 2012/Tom Heneghan)

In 1510, Pope Leo X thanked Divine Providence for having preserved the Maronite Christians through the hardest of times, “planted among infidels, schismatics and heretics as in a field of error”.

Sep 14, 2012

Lebanon Christians feel under siege; find hope in pope

BEIRUT (Reuters) – In 1510, Pope Leo X thanked Divine Providence for having preserved the Maronite Christians through the hardest of times, “planted among infidels, schismatics and heretics as in a field of error”.

He described them as a “rose among thorns, an impregnable rock in the sea, unshaken by the waves and fury of the thundering tempest”.

Aug 1, 2012

Analysis: No happy outcome in Syria as conflict turns into proxy war

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Regional powers are pouring in money and guns, jihadists are joining rebels battling to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, while his own well-armed but hard-pressed forces are fighting back ruthlessly with combat aircraft and artillery.

Gruesome scenes of slaughtered civilians or executed rebel fighters provide daily snapshots of the worsening conflict in Syria. Video apparently showing rebels gunning down Assad militiamen in cold blood suggests the insurgents are capable of brutality to match their enemies.

Jul 24, 2012

Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

(Click in.reuters.com/places/syria to read stories, watch videos and graphics on Syria crisis.)

Jul 24, 2012

Insight: Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

Analysts and diplomats across the region and beyond do not doubt that the Assad government, recoiling from a devastating attack on its security establishment last week and struggling to contain rebel offensives across Syria, is capable of using agents such as Sarin gas if its survival is at stake.

Jul 19, 2012

Attack on Damascus “fortress” rocks Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An audacious and deadly attack on President Bashar al-Assad’s security cabinet is a major psychological and strategic setback that exposes a weakened Syrian establishment unable to protect its innermost centres of power.

The damage is compounded by Assad’s failure to in speak in public to rally his forces. State television only showed footage of him swearing in his new defence minister, the first images of the president since the bomb attack. Assad’s younger brother Maher al-Assad, commander of the army’s elite units, has however remained out of sight.

Jul 19, 2012

Analysis: Attack on Damascus “fortress” rocks Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An audacious and deadly attack on President Bashar al-Assad’s security cabinet is a major psychological and strategic setback that exposes a weakened Syrian establishment unable to protect its innermost centers of power.

The damage is compounded by Assad’s failure to in speak in public to rally his forces. State television only showed footage of him swearing in his new defense minister, the first images of the president since the bomb attack. Assad’s younger brother Maher al-Assad, commander of the army’s elite units, has however remained out of sight.

Jul 18, 2012

Deadly blast strikes heart of Assad’s rule

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The suicide bomber who attacked a crisis meeting of Bashar al-Assad’s security officials on Wednesday did more than just kill and wound some of Syria’s most senior figures.

He blew apart the inner circle of trusted kin that the Syrian president has relied on to control every aspect of the state he inherited from his father, and was counting on to crush the 16-month-old rebellion against him.

Jul 18, 2012

Syria’s Assad trusts inner circle in fight for survival

BEIRUT (Reuters) – As fighting rages in Damascus, and the Assad family that has ruled Syria for four decades struggles for its life against a growing rebellion, a picture is emerging of a tight inner group determined to fight its way out of the crisis, even as support for the government falls away.

At its head is President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000 and who friend and opponent alike say appears increasingly detached from reality, convinced he is fighting a conspiracy against him and Syria.

Jul 18, 2012

Insight: Syria’s Assad trusts inner circle in fight for survival

BEIRUT (Reuters) – As fighting rages in Damascus, and the Assad family that has ruled Syria for four decades struggles for its life against a growing rebellion, a picture is emerging of a tight inner group determined to fight its way out of the crisis, even as support for the government falls away.

At its head is President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000 and who friend and opponent alike say appears increasingly detached from reality, convinced he is fighting a conspiracy against him and Syria.