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Is Humanity Screwed?

Despite the outrage, there is no end in sight to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria. As the war grinds on, very few people have any workable solutions. Even a temporary ceasefire, for which the UN is begging all sides to adhere to in order to allow humanitarian aid in, is almost impossible to achieve -- and looks more distant after Syrian Government forces began closing in on rebel-held territory in East Aleppo over the weekend.
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He's Getting Stronger

PARIS - Violent extremists who seek to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him.That's frustrating Western diplomats who continue to push for Assad's o...
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Re-Election?

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad said it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from seeking a third term — if he feels that's what most...
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DRUMS OF WAR

The United States and its European allies appear to be laying the groundwork for military action in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad....
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The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.
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When You're Wrong, You're Wrong - Unless You're a Columnist

It is befuddling when columnists, whose job is to express opinions and interpret matters they have some background in for readers -- and who do so with evident inaccuracy for years on end -- are always unrelievedly mistaken but don't change their message or alter their analytical technique. The New York Times is a hotbed of such people, and the Times itself has been mistaken about every single serious issue in American life for decades. But the in-house champion of this genre of habitual error is now Tom Friedman.
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Now, Baird Wants UN's Help

OTTAWA - There is no reason to doubt reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.But there still needs to be a formal inquiry, he said in an interv...

Syrian Threat:"Your Beautiful Face Will be Burned by Acid"

Syrian activist Hadeel Kouki is wanted by the country's intelligence. Yesterday she received a message: "We are going to displine you like dogs, you traitor, even if you hide on Mars, Assad's Shabiha will get you. We know all of your activities and we got the green light from your relatives. Your beautiful face will be burned by acid."
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Visa Cuts Off Syria

BEIRUT - Syria's state-run bank says Visa cards issued in the country are no longer valid.The Commercial Bank of Syria said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the measure st...
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Harper Says Syria's Assad Must Go

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has joined other world leaders in calling on Syria's president to resign amid a violent crackdown.The prime minister says Bashar Assad's campaign of terror against the Syrian p...
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Canada Extends Sanctions Against Syria

OTTAWA - Canada's foreign minister acknowledges that diplomatic measures have failed to end the brutal crackdown on reform protesters in Syria, but he says the West remains committed to stopping the b...
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Syria Touts Hama Slaughter As Progress

BEIRUT - Syria's government showed off TV and still images of burned buildings and rubble-strewn streets empty of people in Hama, the epicenter of anti-regime protests, and claimed Friday it was putti...