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Dozens killed in Syria as Arab peace team due

Dozens killed in Syria as Arab peace team due | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 50 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday, an activist group said, two days before Arab League officials were due to arrive to prepare for a monitoring mission assessing Syrian...
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Syria Signs Arab League Deal Allowing Outside Monitors

Syria Signs Arab League Deal Allowing Outside Monitors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria has agreed to an Arab League plan to allow observers into the country, as rights activists say security forces killed dozens of army deserters in the country's northwest.
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Clashes in Syria kill at least 15 civilians, 6 soldiers; Syria weighing Arab League observers

Clashes in Syria kill at least 15 civilians, 6 soldiers; Syria weighing Arab League observers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — Armed clashes erupted in Syria Sunday, killing at least 15 civilians and six government troops, activists said.
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Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN

Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N.
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Playing for Time: Syria's Regime Dodges and Parries; but Keeps on Killing

Playing for Time: Syria's Regime Dodges and Parries; but Keeps on Killing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a letter to the Arab League, Damascus provides counter-offers to the regional sanctions — but on its own terms. Can Syria outlast this rare united front by its neighbors?
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Syria says will agree to Arab League observers, but under significant conditions

Syria says will agree to Arab League observers, but under significant conditions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria has accepted an Arab League request to send observers to the country in an effort to end its eight-month crisis, a move that could ease Arab sanctions on Damascus, the foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.
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Syria Calls Arab League Sanctions ‘Economic War’

The foreign minister of Syria hinted at retaliation for the steps taken by the Arab League to punish Syria over its repression of the political uprising there.
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The Arabs Gang Up Against Syria: Stop the Killing Or Foreigners May Intervene

The Arabs Gang Up Against Syria: Stop the Killing Or Foreigners May Intervene | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Damascus is more isolated than ever and beset by more biting sanctions.
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Yemen's Dangerous Power Vacuum After President Saleh

Yemen's Dangerous Power Vacuum After President Saleh | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen’s dictator has stepped down. Bruce Riedel on the warring factions looking for power.
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Arab League rebuffs Syria on monitors

Arab League rebuffs Syria on monitors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Arab League said on Sunday it had rebuffed a request by Damascus to amend plans for a 500-strong monitoring mission to Syria, after President Bashar al-Assad vowed to continue his...
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Turkey backs Arab calls on Syria

Turkey backs Arab calls on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League and Turkey call for "urgent steps" to protect Syrian civilians, hours after rebel troops reportedly attack a military base near Damascus.
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Qatar Presses Decisive Shift in Arab Politics

Qatar Presses Decisive Shift in Arab Politics | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The tiny emirate’s intentions remain murky to its neighbors and even allies — some see a Napoleon complex, others an Islamist agenda.
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Robert Fisk: Arab League's 'roar' at Syria shows how tiny Qatar is starting to flex its muscle

Robert Fisk: Arab League's 'roar' at Syria shows how tiny Qatar is starting to flex its muscle | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
So did the "Arab Spring" infect the Arab League this weekend – or was it leaned on by the British Empire-style ambitions of tiny, rich Qatar?
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Assad Signs & Kills!

Assad signed a protocol for allowing Arab observers to enter the country even as his killing machine continued its operations. The move was not a concession, but another stalling tactic. Assad was just granted several weeks of respite in which he can do pretty much what he wants, knowing that nothing will take place in the meantime on the regional or international scene to hurt him. Thanks Arab League!

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Syria nearer to sign Arab plan, crackdown continues

Syria nearer to sign Arab plan, crackdown continues | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - Gulf officials expressed hope Sunday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would finally sign an Arab League peace aimed at ending a crackdown on protests and averting civil war.After...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Arabs Mull, Assads Kill!

As the Arab League mulls the possibility of referring its proposal on the Syrian Crisis to the Security Council, the Assad’s killing machine continues its operations.

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Arab League chief says ball is in Syrias court

Arab League sec.-gen. says Syria should sign peace plan to avoid sanctions; Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs.
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Arab League is 'serious' on Syria

Arab League is 'serious' on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The secretary general of the Arab League tells the BBC that its approval of unprecedented sanctions against Syria has sent a serious political message.
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Syrian government days 'numbered'

Syrian government days 'numbered' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says time is running out for the Syrian leader after the Arab League agrees sanctions against Damascus.
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Syria isolated after unprecedented Arab League sanctions

Syria isolated after unprecedented Arab League sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syria, already facing a growing military insurgency, was left isolated after its Arab neighbours voted for an unprecedented package of sanctions.

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Syrian army shells rebels as Bashar al-Assad given 24-hour ultimatum

Syrian army shells rebels as Bashar al-Assad given 24-hour ultimatum | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 20 activists reported dead in clashes with security forces as Arab League faces criticism for extending deadline...
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Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say

Iraq’s Syria stance is Sunni-Shiite related, analysts say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Iraq’s refusal to back Arab measures against Syria, which has since March been trying to crush a popular uprising, has confessional overtones and may boost sectarian division here, analysts say.

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Syria Game Change

The Wall Street Journal writes that Assad's days are numbered as the Arabs turn on his regime.
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Arab League vote to suspend Syria puts pressure on Security Council to act

The Arab League's decision to suspend Syria must spur the UN Security Council into action, Amnesty International said today.
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