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Latest Syria Items
Libya, North Korea, Iran and Cuba are among 17 countries worldwide that have done little to combat human trafficking over the past year, according to a State Department report released Tuesday, down from the 23 nations identified a year ago.
Seeking common ground, President Obama said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country and said any tensions between the United States and Russia can be worked out.
Syrian forces renewed shelling of the central city of Homs on Monday, one day after the head of the U.N. observers mission demanded that warring parties allow the evacuation of women, children, the elderly and the sick, activists said.
Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad's future.
Russia has dispatched two warships and a unit of marines to secure its naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, and it is delivering anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to help Syrian President Bashar Assad defend his regime, Sen. John McCain said Monday.
The head of the U.N. observers mission in Syria demanded Sunday that warring parties allow the evacuation of women, children, and elderly and sick people endangered by the fighting in the besieged city of Homs and other combat zones.
Inmates in a prison in southeast Turkey set mattresses and blankets alight, starting a fire that killed 13 prisoners, authorities said Sunday.
Russia would lose a source of revenue and a Middle East power base if Syrian President Bashar Assad falls — two reasons why Moscow has armed the regime and blocked votes to let the United Nations punish Damascus.
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will use their meeting Monday, the first since Mr. Putin returned to Russia's top job, to claim leverage in a mutually dependent but volatile relationship.