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The transformation to a more sustainable and just world begins now

 Ask anyone for their abiding memory of 2015 and they will most likely recall a negative one. Some will recall the horrifying stories of death and destruction caused by conflicts around the world, most notably in Syria where over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost 11 million people have been displaced. Others will …

Mogens Lykketoft

Obama refuses to specify US aid to Syrian rebels

Obama has refused to publicly specify exactly how Washington will increase aid to the Syrian opposition, after his government said it would offer military support for the first time after determining President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons.

Daily News Egypt

Obama pledges ‘non-lethal’ aid for Syria rebels

By Dmitry Zaks / AFP MOSCOW: US President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to send “non-lethal” aid to the Syrian rebels while peace envoy Kofi Annan piled diplomatic pressure on the regime by seeking the backing of its ally Russia. The announcement was the most overt show of US support for the rebels to date and is …

DNE

Towns hit, rebels eye Damascus after UN peace call

  DAMASCUS: Regime forces on Thursday pressed assaults on rebel zones around Syria, despite a UN Security Council statement urging both sides to implement “fully and immediately” envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a 17-year-old boy was killed and dozens wounded in an army assault on the town of …

DNE

Syrian forces press anti-rebel assault in Idlib

By AFP DAMASCUS: Syrian troops Tuesday pressed an assault on rebel strongholds in the Turkish border region, as the opposition urged foreign military intervention after dozens of women and children were killed in Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces used heavy machineguns to rake the town of El-Baraa in the …

DNE

Arming Syrian rebels will lead to civil war, says Egypt FM

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has warned that arming rebel fighters in Syria would lead to a civil war, his ministry said on Wednesday. Arming the ill-equipped rebels, mainly Syrian army defectors, would “lead to an escalation in the military conflict and spark a civil war in Syria”, Amr said, according …

DNE

Syrian forces batter rebels, UN body condemns Syria

By Alistair Lyon / Reuters BEIRUT: Elite Syrian forces trying to destroy rebels besieged in Homs pounded the shattered district of Baba Amro on Thursday, despite international alarm at the plight of civilians trapped there. Snow blanketed the city, slowing down the military assault, but also worsening conditions for civilians, activists said. “We have not seen …

DNE

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