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Bahrain MPs veto national budget

  Bahrain's MPs have vetoed the national budget in a vote that could see up to 350,000 Bahrainis miss out on increased financial benefits, a report said.   The MPs refused to approve the budget

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Annan warns of 'all-out' sectarian war in Syria

International peace envoy Kofi Annan warned on Saturday that Syria was slipping into 'all-out' war, and a Syrian opposition figure said Russia had become part of the problem and should urge President Bashar al-Assad to quit power.

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Annan frustrated over Syria, all eyes on Russia

International envoy Kofi Annan said on Friday he was 'frustrated and impatient' a week after a massacre in Syria of 108 people shocked the world, but Russia said his peace plan was still the best hope for Syria. Speaking after sepa

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UN assembly condemns Syria crackdown

The 193-nation UN General Assembly ratcheted up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad by overwhelmingly approving a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan calling for him to step aside. The resolution, similar to one Russ

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Syria encouraged by Russia, China veto: UN

The UN human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad of launching an "indiscriminate attack" on civilians to end pro-democracy protests and said he had been emboldened by the failure of the Security Council to condemn him. H

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Arabs ministers meet after Syria UN veto

Arab ministers met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria after Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed Arab League peace plan at the UN Security Council. A Syrian opposition official said Gulf ministers woul

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Saudi denies reports on Syria resolution

Saudi Arabia denied reports in Saudi media that it has formally presented a new resolution on Syria to the UN General Assembly, Saudi state news agency SPA cited an official at the foreign ministry as saying on Sunday. "No provision of an

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Bombings hit Syria, Saudis push for peace at UN

Violence flared across Syria, including bomb attacks that killed at least 28 people in Aleppo, while at the United Nations diplomats said a new effort was afoot to gain backing for an Arab peace plan to end 11 months of bloodshed in the country.

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Gulf states recalling ambassadors in Syria

Gulf Arab countries announced on Tuesday they were recalling their ambassadors from Damascus and expelling Syrian envoys in response to worsening violence in Syria. Syria's rulers had rejected Arab attempts to "solve this crisis and preve

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Turkey plans new Syria initiative after UN 'fiasco'

Turkey is preparing a new initiative with those countries who oppose the Syrian government, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, describing a veto by China and Russia of a UN resolution on Syria a "fiasco".  "We are going t

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