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  • Syria: West rebuffs proposal to work with Iran to solve crisis

    With violence escalating in the wake of this week’s massacre of 78 Sunni villagers near the city of Hama, Kofi Annan, the international envoy to Syria met Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to try to salvage his disintegrating ceasefire plan.

    At least 20 people were killed on Friday as rebels stepped up a week-long offensive to avenge the killings in Qubair, the fourth incident of mass bloodletting directed at members of Syria’s Sunni majority in a fortnight.

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  • China said Thursday it was firmly opposed to “outside armed intervention” in Syria or “any attempt to forcibly promote regime change” amid mounting violence in the country, Xinhua reported.

    China’s UN envoy Li Baodong told the UN General Assembly that China was committed to playing a “positive and constructive role in finding an early peaceful and proper solution to the Syrian question,” but made no mention of international envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point plan.

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    18:29 International envoy Kofi Annan expressed “horror” Thursday at the latest massacre in Syria and called for President Bashar al-Assad to face “consequences” for the worsening conflict.

    18:14 The opposition Syrian National Council meets in Istanbul to choose a new leader this weekend with insiders saying Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sayda has emerged as a consensus candidate.

    17:35 UN monitors where shot at while entering the Syrian village of Kubeir, where a massacre occurred Wednesday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

    16:23 Qatar’s prime minister urged the international community Thursday to speed up its search for a solution bringing a “peaceful transfer of power” in Syria, as he met French President Francois Hollande.

    15:49 Syrian security forces killed 23 people on Thursday, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.

    15:47 The charred bodies of women and children lay scattered in houses across farmland in central Syria on Thursday after a brutal massacre allegedly carried out by pro-regime militiamen, a witness told AFP.

    14:54 Syrian troops and local residents are preventing UN observers from reaching a site where 55 people were reported killed by pro-regime militants, the head of the UN mission in Syria said Thursday.

    14:37 The next meeting of the Friends of Syria group will take place on July 6 in Paris, the French foreign ministry said Thursday.

    14:20 Russia on Thursday said a new massacre in Syria in which at least 55 civilians were reported killed was a provocation aimed at undermining the faltering peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

    14:14 The Syrian army is preventing UN observers from reaching a farmland region where at least 55 people were reportedly killed by militants loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said Thursday.

    14:02 Al-Arabiya television is broadcasting live footage of the shelling targeting Homs’ Talbisa.

    13:43 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday condemned the latest onslaught of violence sponsored by the regime in Syria and said President Bashar al-Assad had to go.

    13:00 A YouTube video shows an eyewitness speaking with Al-Arabiya television about a “massacre” that was reportedly committed in the village of Al-Kubeir in Syria’s Hama. The eyewitness, identified as Laith, said that the town was raided at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday by security forces and shabiha militants, adding they “killed children and women and burned their bodies.”

    12:15 At least 55 people, mostly from the same family, have been killed in a new massacre in Syria, the head of a watchdog told AFP on Thursday.

    12:10 Syrian forces on Thursday killed 11 people, Al-Jazeera television quoted the Syrian Network for Human Rights as saying.

    11:32 Syrian army on Thursday shelled Homs’ Talbisa, leaving dozens of people wounded, Al-Jazeera television quoted the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution as saying.

    11:27 Syria’s main opposition group on Thursday called for stepped up military assaults against regime forces following reports of a new massacre of civilians in the central province of Hama.

    11:18 The international community has to do more to isolate the Syrian regime after the latest “brutal and sickening” massacre in the country, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday.

    10:20 Syrian forces on Thursday raided Hama’s neighborhood of Kazo and arrested dozens of people, Al-Jazeera television quoted activists as saying.

    10:08 Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday accused the Damascus regime of being behind a new massacre in the strife-torn country and said the world community, including Arab nations, also bear responsibility.

    8:30 MORNING LEADER: Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “massacred” about 100 people including women and children, the opposition said, as the US demanded a full transfer of power in the country.


  • International envoy Kofi Annan expressed “horror” Thursday at the latest massacre in Syria and called for President Bashar al-Assad to face “consequences” for the worsening conflict.

    Annan told the UN General Assembly that the Syrian crisis was worsening and warned that without a dramatic change, “the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence and even all-out civil war.”

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