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Is Syrian President’s Wife Pregnant?

Is Syrian President’s Wife Pregnant?

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(BEIRUT) — Amid all the instability in Syria comes word that President Bashar al-Assad’s wife is pregnant.If the report in the Beirut-based al-Akhbar newspaper is true, it would be the fourth child for the president and A…

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NATO’s deployment of Patriot missile batteries in some areas of Turkey’s border with Syria has not just disturbed Damascus but also its close allies, Russia and Iran.Last year, NATO members approved the batteries as …

UN Warns of Major Food Shortages in Syria

UN Warns of Major Food Shortages in Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The growing humanitarian crisis in Syria resulting from the two-year civil war now includes dramatic food shortages and steep price increases on everyday supplies.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organi…

Small Group of Russian Expatriates Forced to Leave Syria

Small Group of Russian Expatriates Forced to Leave Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In what may be a portent of things to come, about 100 Russians who live in Syria are getting ready to go back to their homeland.The Russians were described as having lost their homes due to the ongoing fighting in Sy…

Bashar Al-Assad’s Mother Leaves Syria

Bashar Al-Assad’s Mother Leaves Syria

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad soon follow his mother out the door?According to various foreign published reports, his mother, Anisa Makhluf, has gone to live with al-Assad’s only sister, Bushra a…

Activists Accuse Syrian President’s Followers of Killing Dozens

Activists Accuse Syrian President’s Followers of Killing Dozens

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — As many as 106 Syrians were reportedly killed this week when pro-government forces besieged the village of Haswiyeh outside the city of Homs.Activists said on Thursday that the alleged onslaught by t…

State Department Denies Report Syria Used Chemical Weapons

State Department Denies Report Syria Used Chemical Weapons

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department is denying a published report that the U.S. believes Syria may have already used chemical weapons against its own people.Earlier this week, Foreign Policy magazine published an onlin…

Coordinated Bombings in Northern Syria Kill Government Forces

Coordinated Bombings in Northern Syria Kill Government Forces

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — At least two dozen people were killed Wednesday in Syria’s northern Idlib province by what activists claim was a trio of coordinated car bombings.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that most of the v…

Scores Killed, Wounded at Syrian University

Scores Killed, Wounded at Syrian University

AFP/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — The two sides involved in the ongoing Syrian conflict are blaming each other for bombings Tuesday at the University of Aleppo that left at least 82 people dead and scores more wounded.Witnesses said there were two pow…

Syrian Military Stepping Up Bombardment of Damascus Neighborhoods?

Syrian Military Stepping Up Bombardment of Damascus Neighborhoods?

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — As casualties in Syria’s capital continue to mount, activists seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that the government is now waging unprecedented attacks on sections of Damascus…

Avoiding Rape in Syria Top Concern of Women Refugees

Avoiding Rape in Syria Top Concern of Women Refugees

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women in Syria are fleeing their war-torn nation, mostly to escape the threat of sexual violence, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee.At least half-a-million people have left Syria over the pa…

Damascus Suburb Could Be Key to Winning Syrian Conflict

Damascus Suburb Could Be Key to Winning Syrian Conflict

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The battle for control of the Syrian capital of Damascus might come down to which side can hold onto the suburb known as Dariya, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.Fighting between the Syrian mili…

Syria Denounces UN Envoy

Syria Denounces UN Envoy

ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — In yet another setback to the quest of finding a quick end to the conflict in Syria, Damascus is now casting aspersions on United Nations and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.Ahead of Brahimi’s meetin…

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At his news conference Thursday, Defense Secretary Panetta said the concern now about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is what to do with them should the Assad regime fall.  Panetta said U.S….

Syria Swaps 48 Iranians for Thousands of Prisoners

Syria Swaps 48 Iranians for Thousands of Prisoners

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a lopsided prisoner swap to win the release of 48 Iranians who were captured by rebels in his country last August.It is believed that the exchange for ap…

Russia Wants World to Hear Out Syrian President

Russia Wants World to Hear Out Syrian President

ABC News/Rob Wallace(MOSCOW) — Russia is asking the world not to dismiss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s purported “roadmap” for peace out of hand.Earlier this week, the embattled Syrian leader made a fiery speech in which he vowed no surrender to …

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel has plans to build a fence along the 40-mile stretch of the Golan Heights to assure that the violence in Syria doesn’t affect its own country.While there have been virtually no problems up to now, I…

Family of Abducted US Reporter in Syria Pleads for Answers

Family of Abducted US Reporter in Syria Pleads for Answers

Nicole Tung(NEW YORK) — James Foley’s family is making an all-out media push to get answers about the 39-year-old freelance journalist’s abduction in Syria last Thanksgiving.Foley, who was working for The Global Post, was reportedly driving his car in…

US Mocks Syrian President’s Latest Speech

US Mocks Syrian President’s Latest Speech

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department took issue with Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s supposed “roadmap” for peace, and said his recent public speech was nothing more than a desparate attempt to cling to power.Spokeswo…

Syrian President Vows No Retreat, No Surrender in Speech to Nation

Syrian President Vows No Retreat, No Surrender in Speech to Nation

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — In a fiery speech televised to his nation on Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed “the enemies of God will go to hell” — a further sign that there will be no quick end to the 22-month civil wa…

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