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Syria opposition calls for 'sophisticated' arms

Syria's opposition chief urged Arab leaders Tuesday to pressure the international community to supply rebels with advanced weapons that would tip the balance of power on the ground. Addressing the Arab summit in Kuwait, National Coalition chief Ahmed Jarba also urged Arabs to give Syria's Arab League seat to the opposition and hand them Syria's embassies in their countries. In his address, Jarba called on Arab leaders to "pressure the international community to commit to its promises to supply sophisticated weapons to our revolutionaries".

Young Syrian refugees bring Lear to life in the desert

Under a huge white tent in the desert dust of Jordan, 100 Syrian refugee children, their own lives blighted, rehearse King Lear, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. They form a circle around Syrian actor-turned-director Nawwar Bulbul, who has worked with them for more than two months at Zaatari refugee camp in the hope of drawing attention to their plight.

Two Albanians, Kosovan arrested for Turkey 'terror' attack

Two Albanians and a Kosovan have been arrested for a suspected 'terror' attack that claimed the lives of two soldiers and a policeman in southern Turkey, Interior Minister Efgan Ala said Friday. The three men were arrested for Thursday's attack, in which assailants opened fire on security forces carrying out a highway patrol near the town of Ulukisla, close to the Syrian border. "The suspects captured were two citizens of Albania and the third from Kosovo," the official Anatolia news agency quoted Ala as saying.

US denies closing Syria mission breaks international law

The United States Wednesday hit back at Syrian accusations that it was flouting international law by closing down Damascus's embassy in Washington. The State Department also denied Russian allegations that by shuttering the mission in Washington's upscale embassy district it was abandoning its role as co-sponsor of the Syrian peace talks. "We are abiding by not only the law but every aspect of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Syrian presidential election law excludes most opposition leaders

By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's parliament has set residency rules for presidential candidates, state media said on Friday, a move that would bar many of President Bashar al-Assad's foes who live in exile as the uprising in the major Arab state enters its fourth year.

U.N. appeals to Russia, U.S. to salvage Syria peace talks

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia and the United States on Wednesday to help revive stalled peace talks aimed at ending Syria's three-year-old civil war, saying it was time to put an end to the bloodshed that has torn Syria apart. "Syria is now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world, with violence reaching unthinkable levels," Ban's press office said in a statement issued on the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising.

Family of freelance Canadian photographer says he was killed in bomb attack in Syria

BEIRUT - The sister of a Canadian freelance photographer says her brother was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Justina Rosa Botelho says 29-year-old Ali Moustafa of Toronto was killed in a bomb attack Sunday. Botelho says she learned of his death after activists sent her a photograph of her brother's corpse. Botelho spoke to The Associated Press by telephone. Aleppo-based activist Abu Hassan al-Marea also confirmed that Moustafa was killed after a crude barrel bomb landed near where he and firefighters were standing.

Syria opposition 'not yet ready for Arab League seat'

Syria's seat at the Arab League will remain vacant until the opposition completes the formation of its institutions, the pan-Arab group's secretary general Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday. "The last Arab summit in Doha in March 2012 adopted the principle of granting Syria's seat within the League to the opposition, but it has not yet established its institutions and must take further steps in this regard," Arabi said after a meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council.

Syria opposition 'not yet ready for Arab League seat'

Syria's seat at the Arab League will remain vacant until the opposition completes the formation of its institutions, the pan-Arab group's secretary general Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday. "The last Arab summit in Doha in March 2012 adopted the principle of granting Syria's seat within the League to the opposition, but it has not yet established its institutions and must take further steps in this regard," Arabi said after a meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council.

Canadian photographer killed in Syria dedicated to documenting injustice: sister

TORONTO - The sister of a Toronto photojournalist killed in a Syrian air strike says he worked tirelessly to document for the world the "tragedies" carried out in the volatile region. A Syrian activist says Ali Moustafa, 29, was killed alongside seven other people Sunday after Syrian government aircraft dropped two explosive-laden containers in the rebel-held Hadariyeh area of Aleppo. Moustafa's sister, Justina Botelho, says the freelance photographer had been in Turkey in recent weeks but made his way into Syria to record the unrest in that country's ongoing civil war.
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