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Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime


Protesters in the southern Syrian city of Suweida stormed a government building and torched pictures of President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend. They called for overthrowing the president, whom they blame for the worsening economic conditions.

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No joke! How two cartoonists spurred revolution during the Arab uprisings.

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People walk past the looted premises of cellphone company Syriatel, which is owned by Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Deraa March 21, 2011.

Syria’s first family is caught in a feud

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How Syria’s Assad regime clings to power

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare rockets

Islamist rebels use the faces of martyrs to recruit new ones

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Syrian Official Says the Civil War is in a Stalemate

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Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, says the civil war is in a stalemate. He was speaking in an interview with Britain’s Guardian Newspaper. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the Guardian’s Jonathan Steele in Damascus.

Syrian Official Says the Civil War is in a Stalemate

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Syria's Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, says the civil war is in a stalemate and cannot be won by either side. He was speaking in an interview with Jonathan Steele, a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper. After the interview, Jamil's party said he was only speaking on behalf of his political party. But according to […]

UN says, flat out, chemical weapons used in Syria

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Chemical weapons were used in Syria, a new U.N. report said Monday, but stopped short of blaming either side for their use. As Russia and the United States haggle over the language of a deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile, it’s just one more piece of the puzzle.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the news media after briefing the Security Council on a new U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

UN Says ‘Unequivocally’ Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria

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A new United Nations report says there is solid proof that chemical weapons were used in an attack last month outside of the Syrian capital, Damascus. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stopped short of assigning blame. But he said, “this is a war crime.”

Syria: One Way Out?

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on his country, he should hand over all of his chemical weapons–and do it quick. Today Russia, Syria’s most important ally, has welcomed the idea. According to reports, the nation’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said that […]