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Syria: Al-Ikhbariya TV station attacked as Assad says country is at war

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called the attack an attempt to "silence the voice of Syria."

Chatter: Syria's revolution comes to TV

Gunmen attack a pro-government TV station in Syria, former enemies shake hands in Northern Ireland, and America's next president needs your advice.
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Gunmen attack a pro-government TV station in Syria, former enemies shake hands in Northern Ireland, and America's next president needs your advice.

Mowaffak Joumaa, Syria's top Olympic official, barred from London 2012

"If there is evidence that you have abused human rights and that is independently shown to be the case, you will not be able to come," Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said.

Houla massacre victims 'summarily executed,' says UN

"At this point it looks like entire families were shot in their houses," said a UN spokesman.

Assad E-mails: the person they reveal

Psychiatrist explains how the Butcher of Homs can also be a lover of sentimental pop and country
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How can Bashar al-Assad, the man who sends tanks against women and children, be so fond of the most sentimental pop and country? (-/AFP/Getty Images)

Once again the Guardian has scooped the world. This time with a trove of e-mails purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, and others of their inner circle.

Today a new name was thrown into the mix, that of Assad's father-in-law, Fawaz Akhras, who is a cardiologist based in London.

Apparently over the last few months he has been offering fatherly advice to his son-in-law on how to spin the British press.


US drones monitoring Syria crackdown - report

The report came as China's special envoy to Syria, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun, called on the international community to respect Syria's "sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity."

Syria: the two faces of a divided country

DAMASCUS — The Syrian regime claims armed gangs are responsible for the current unrest rocking the country. Protesters say security and military forces have killed thousands calling for freedom and regime change. The international community looks on.

Why Russia still stands by Syria

CAIRO — In the 11 months since the first protests erupted in Syria, Russia has stood virtually alone beside its economic partner, emerging as the most ardent supporter of Syria’s embattled regime.

Syria: France, Britain and Italy recall ambassadors

European countries play what cards they have against Assad regime.

There is not a lot European countries can do to stop the Bashar al-Assad regime's onslaught against its own people - especially in light of this weekend's vetoing of a Security Council resolution by Russia and China.

Recalling ambassadors from Damascus for consultation is about the only card they can play. That is exactly what Britain, France and Italy have done. No word about the German government's intentions. But police in Berlin have arrested two men suspected of spying for Syria.


Germany: 2 men arrested for spying on Syrian opposition

The two suspects are accused of conducting systematic surveillance of members of the Syrian opposition living in Germany over several years.
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