Politics of Syria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23607/all en UPDATE 4-Freed Iranians arrive in Damascus after prisoner swap http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-4-freed-iranians-arrive-damascus-after-prisoner-swap-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Iranians freed after 5 months in insurgent hands</p> <p>* More than 2,000 prisoners being released in return</p> <p>* Turkey, Qatar helped broker exchange (Restores Assad's full name, title in 3rd paragraph)</p> <p>By Marwan Makdesi and Ece Toksabay</p> <p>DAMASCUS/ISTANBUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Forty-eight Iranians freed by Syrian rebels in exchange for more than 2,000 civilian prisoners held by the Syrian government arrived in central Damascus on Wednesday, a Reuters witness reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-4-freed-iranians-arrive-damascus-after-prisoner-swap-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Syria Social Issues Syria Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:45:33 +0000 5732163 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia tells Syrian opposition to seek dialogue with Damascus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/russia-tells-syrian-opposition-seek-dialogue-damascus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition should propose its own ideas for dialogue with Damascus in response to those aired by President Bashar al-Assad in a speech a week ago, Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/russia-tells-syrian-opposition-seek-dialogue-damascus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Syria Syria Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:15:04 +0000 5733860 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Russia tells Syria rebels: seek dialogue with Damascus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-russia-tells-syria-rebels-seek-dialogue-damascus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds more quotes, detail)</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition should make counter-proposals to those President Bashar al-Assad made in a recent speech, to start a dialogue that could end the fighting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-russia-tells-syria-rebels-seek-dialogue-damascus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Syria Syria War Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:30:39 +0000 5733876 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-WRAPUP 1-Massacre of over 100 reported in Syria's Homs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/wrapup-1-massacre-over-100-reported-syrias-homs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Changes date of Houla massacre from May 2011 to May 2012, paragraph 17)</p> <p>* Clashes and bombardments in most cities</p> <p>* Group says whole families killed in Homs massacre</p> <p>* Activists say raid was reprisal against civilians</p> <p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - More than 100 people were shot, stabbed or possibly burned to death by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs, a monitoring group said on Thursday, and fierce fighting raged across the country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/wrapup-1-massacre-over-100-reported-syrias-homs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Politics of Syria Syrian uprising War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:15:48 +0000 5735673 at http://www.globalpost.com Explosion rocks government-held area of Syria's Aleppo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/explosion-rocks-government-held-area-syrias-aleppo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Both sides blame each other</p> <p>* City contest for months</p> <p>* Government planes hit Damascus suburbs</p> <p>By Alexander Dziadosz and Erika Solomon</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed when an explosion rocked a government -held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, and both sides in the conflict accused the other of mounting the attack.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/explosion-rocks-government-held-area-syrias-aleppo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Politics Politics of Syria Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:00:31 +0000 5736241 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian opposition postpones forming government-statement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/blank-headline-received <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ISTANBUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Syrian opposition leaders meeting in Istanbul have postponed the formation of a transitional government, a statement from the Syrian National Coalition said on Monday, in a blow to efforts to fill a power vacuum in the country.</p> <p>The statement said the coalition formed a five-member committee to put forward proposals about the government to the coalition within 10 days. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Stacey Joyce)</p> Asia Politics of Syria Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:00:19 +0000 5737100 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Syrian opposition leaders fail to form government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/wrapup-1-syrian-opposition-leaders-fail-form-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Opposition negotiations in Istanbul end without agreement</p> <p>* Leaders say will make proposal within 10 days</p> <p>* World powers fear rise of Islamists in Syria's opposition</p> <p>* First Patriot missiles arrive on Turkey-Syria border</p> <p>By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Oliver Holmes</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/wrapup-1-syrian-opposition-leaders-fail-form-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Syria Social Issues Syria Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:45:22 +0000 5737331 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 3-Syrian civil war devastates farming, U.N. says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/wrapup-1-syrian-civil-war-devastates-farming-un-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds 3 wounded in Turkey; Patriots; Saudi comments)</p> <p>* Fuel and food shortages worsen hardship</p> <p>* Rebels destroy minorities' religious sites - HRW</p> <p>* Russia says no peace unless opposition talks to Assad</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby and Alexander Dziadosz</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/wrapup-1-syrian-civil-war-devastates-farming-un-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Middle East Politics Politics of Syria Social Issues Syria Syrian uprising War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:45:29 +0000 5738347 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 4-Syrian civil war devastates farming, U.N. says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/wrapup-4-syrian-civil-war-devastates-farming-un-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fuel and food shortages worsen hardship</p> <p>* Rebels destroy minorities' religious sites - HRW</p> <p>* Russia says no peace unless opposition talks to Assad (Adds Jordanian foreign minister on Syrian refugees)</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby and Alexander Dziadosz</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/wrapup-4-syrian-civil-war-devastates-farming-un-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Politics Politics of Syria Social Issues Syria War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:45:23 +0000 5738549 at http://www.globalpost.com France says Syria situation stagnant, no positive signs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/france-says-syria-situation-stagnant-no-positive-signs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The French foreign minister said on Thursday there was no sign the Syrian crisis was going to be resolved anytime soon, in contrast to his prediction last month that the end was near for President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>"Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the coalition to power, has not happened," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in his annual New Year's address to the press.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/france-says-syria-situation-stagnant-no-positive-signs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bashar al-Assad Politics of Syria Syria Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:45:32 +0000 5738825 at http://www.globalpost.com West's fears over Syria Islamists mount as coalition flounders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/wests-fears-over-syria-islamists-mount-coalition-flounders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* West jittery, divided over growing strength of Syria Islamist rebels</p> <p>* Western-backed opposition stutters, lacks unity, credibility</p> <p>* Syrian coalition could become more conservative if relies on Gulf backing</p> <p>By John Irish and Mohammed Abbas</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/wests-fears-over-syria-islamists-mount-coalition-flounders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Middle East Politics of Syria Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:00:34 +0000 5739530 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. says humanitarian aid for Syria not enough, calls for more http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/us-says-humanitarian-aid-syria-not-enough-calls-more <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ANKARA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The United States pledged an extra $10 million on Friday to help supply flour to bakeries in northern Syria, but said there was not enough humanitarian aid reaching those affected by the war and it would urge other nations to contribute more.</p> <p>The United Nations will convene a pledging conference in Kuwait on Wednesday to try to secure more than $1.5 billion for millions of people inside Syria who are facing what it has called a "rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/us-says-humanitarian-aid-syria-not-enough-calls-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Middle East Politics Politics of Syria Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:30:42 +0000 5739610 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian rebels free 300 from northern jail - activist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/syrian-rebels-free-300-northern-jail-activist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMMAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Syrian opposition fighters have freed about 300 prisoners from a jail near the border with Turkey and found 30 others shot in the head, an opposition activist said on Saturday.</p> <p>Fighters from various brigades have been attacking the Idlib Central Prison for the last three days. They took over one of its two main buildings late on Friday and are surrounding the second building, which is located on a hilltop and is better defended, activist Abu Ali said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/syrian-rebels-free-300-northern-jail-activist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political prisoner Politics of Syria Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:00:35 +0000 5739921 at http://www.globalpost.com France fears Islamist rise in Syria unless opposition helped http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/france-fears-islamist-rise-syria-unless-opposition-helped <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Muslim militants gain if world doesn't pitch in -Fabius</p> <p>* Syrian opposition: don't want empty promises of aid</p> <p>* Say needs $500 million to set up transitional gov't</p> <p>By John Irish</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Monday Syria risks falling into the hands of Islamist militant groups if supporters of the Syrian opposition do not do more to help it in a 22-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/france-fears-islamist-rise-syria-unless-opposition-helped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics Politics of Syria Syria War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:15 +0000 5740417 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-France fears Islamist rise in Syria unless opposition helped http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-france-fears-islamist-rise-syria-unless-opposition-hel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Muslim militants gain if world does not pitch in - Fabius</p> <p>* Syrian opposition says does not want empty promises of aid</p> <p>* Say needs $500 million to set up transitional government (Adds comments from diplomatic source)</p> <p>By John Irish</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 28 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Monday Syria risks falling into the hands of Islamist militant groups if supporters of the Syrian opposition do not do more to help it in a 22-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-france-fears-islamist-rise-syria-unless-opposition-hel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Syria Syria War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:45:40 +0000 5740568 at http://www.globalpost.com