» 07/21/2012, 00.00
UN renews monitoring mission in Syria
Security Council extends Syria observer mission for 30 days. In Damascus, military frees district from rebels who launch attacks in other areas.
Washington and Moscow clash over Syria's looming civil war
Russia and China oppose new sanctions against Syrian regime. For US secretary of State, Russia is contributing to a disastrous civil war. Ban Ki-Moon describes Houla massacre as turning point for Assad regime. The latter releases 500 political prisoners arrested in 14 months of unrest.
Kofi Annan's mission may be the "last chance" to avoid civil war in Syria, Medvedev says
Russian president backs former UN general secretary's plan, but does not say how it can be implemented. US president and Turkish prime minister talk about providing "non-lethal" aid to Syrian rebels. Human Rights Watch accuses Syrian forces of using human shields in front of soldiers and tanks.
UN Security Council more divided than ever over Syria crisis
The United States, the European Union and the Arab League want action against Assad, Russia and China do not, calling instead on both sides to accept a ceasefire. The death toll reaches 8,000 as the refugee count tops 230,000. Exiled Syrian activists call for a peaceful, not an armed struggle to undermine the regime.
Annan peace plan for Syria needs Security Council action
UN-Arab League envoy calls on SC members to put pressure on regime, blamed for most of the violence in the country. Sources tell AsiaNews that the fight for democracy that started in 2011 has led to a factional fight with fighting to continue with or without Assad.
Syria’s civil war unfolding in the streets of Homs and UN corridors
The assault against Syria’s third largest city is in its tenth day. For UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “crimes against humanity are likely to have been committed”. Since its proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers has failed, the Arab League wants the General Assembly to pass a resolution on the matter. For al Jazeera, not all Christians are united behind Assad.
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