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Syrian rebels say Assad cannot be part of deal

The opposition Syrian National Coalition is willing to negotiate a peace deal to end the country's civil war but President Bashar al-Assad cannot be a party to any settlement, a communiqué drafted for an opposition meeting says.

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Assad's forces push to retake Damascus suburb

Heavy fighting raged on the outskirts of Damascus on Monday as elite troops backed by tanks tried to recapture a strategic suburb from rebels in one of the largest military operations in that district in months, opposition activists said.

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Syrian VP says neither side can win war

Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa has told a Lebanese newspaper that neither the forces of President Bashar al-Assad nor rebels can win the war in Syria. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Al

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Russia denies holding talks on future of Assad

Russia said on Sunday it was not holding any talks on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, dismissing speculation that it is preparing for its ally's potential exit from power. "We are not holding any talks on

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Assad tours Aleppo, orders more troops into battle

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is visiting the city of Aleppo to take a first-hand look at the fighting between government forces and rebels and has ordered 30,000 more troops into the battle, a Lebanese paper said on Tuesday. A

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UN envoy meets Assad; conflict a global threat

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said after talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday that the escalating conflict in the country posed a global threat. Activists say more than 27,000 people have been kill

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Pearling Trail on UN World Heritage list

The Bahrain Pearling Trail has been included on Unesco's World Heritage list, the 21-member World Heritage Committee has announced. The decision came as the independent body responsible for the World Heritage Convention met in St Petersbur

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Clinton tells Assad to quit, leave country

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power and leave his country, condemning a massacre near the town of Hama that was blamed on his supporters as unconscionable.   &

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Annan talks tough to Assad

International peace envoy Kofi Annan accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces of atrocities and arbitrary arrests, and said on Saturday he had delivered a blunt message to Assad to act now to implement all points of a peace plan. 

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Annan says Syria must show it wants peace

International mediator Kofi Annan said on Monday he was horrified by the killings in the Syrian town of Houla and urged the Syrian government to take bold steps to show it was serious about reaching a peaceful solution to the country's crisis.&nbs

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