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Syria Blames Oil Pipeline Explosion on Sabotage

There has been a major explosion in a Syrian pipeline carrying oil to a refinery near the restive city of Homs. This, as violence from the country’s nine-month uprising escalates. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the report, but gave no cause for the blast. The state-run SANA news agency blamed “an armed […]

Assad Denies Responsibility for Syrian Protest Deaths

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied he ordered the killing of thousands of anti-government protesters, telling a U.S. journalist he does not control the forces implementing his country’s brutal crackdown. In a rare interview that aired Wednesday, Assad told ABC News that although he is president he does not “own the country, so they are […]

Syria’s Assad Disclaims Responsibility for Protest Deaths

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied responsibility for the killing of thousands of anti-government protesters, telling a U.S. journalist he does not control the forces implementing his country’s brutal crackdown. In a rare interview to air Wednesday, President Assad tells ABC News that although he is president he does not “own the country, so they’re […]

At Least 13 Killed in Syrian Protest Violence

Human rights activists say Syrian forces have killed at least 13 people during anti-government protests around the country Friday, as the government faces new accusations that it may be guilty of “crimes against humanity.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says most of Friday’s casualties occurred in the Homs region.  Security forces have launched a […]

Opposition, Rights Group Urge Arab League to Suspend Syria

Syrian opposition activists say they will use protests planned for Friday to call for a suspension of the country’s Arab League membership. The move comes as the 22-member League prepares for an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the apparent breakdown of an agreement with Damascus to end the government’s brutal crackdown on […]