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SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
As jihadist rebels burn two Catholic churches in ar-Raqqah, Assad's enemies openly split
Fundamentalists target the Greek Catholic Church of the Annunciation and the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, destroying the cross on the bell tower of one of them and raising the Islamist flag, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights laments. As divisions grow within the anti-Assad opposition, fundamentalist groups reject the authority of the Syrian National Council, trying instead to impose Sharia. The Security Council is ready to adopt a resolution on the destruction of Assad's chemical weapons with the support of Russia and the United States.
Akram al-Bunni, a Christian, a Communist dissident and critic of Assad, arrested
Jailed several times for about 20 years for criticising the Assad regime and calling for a democratic transformation of society, last year he called on Syria's minorities not to use fear of radical Islam to endorse the Assad dictatorship.
Assad's army set to reconquer Homs
About 70 per cent of rebel-held areas have been destroyed. According to Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the ground and air offensive against Homs, the country's third largest city and a symbol of rebellion since March 2011, continues.
Syrian rebels pay in dollars, local pound collapses
Syria's inflation rate rises following the flow of foreign currencies from Gulf States to anti-Assad rebels. Pound goes from 47 to 347 against the US dollar with the middle classes paying a heavy price.
Aleppo, Islamists attack to oust Assad's troops and introduce sharia
An alliance of rebel forces, led by a group affiliated with al Qaeda, wants to take over the second largest city of Syria. Aleppo is an economic and industrial center of huge strategic importance. Islamic State militiaâ€™s not involved in attack. So far four dead and 70 wounded among civilians.
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Fragile Syrian truce to allow aid into besieged cities
Blame traded between the various fronts for alleged "violations" the cessation of hostilities. The goal of the United Nations is to bring aid to 1.7 million people by the end of March. Vicar of Aleppo: "Increased calm, but siege remains, urgent need of water and fuel”. Sources in the capital: "Continue the peace negotiations".
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