December 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic
BEIRUT (AP) NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said he and his television crew were kidnapped for five days by pro-regime gunmen who subjected them to mock executions and kept them bound and blindfolded. They escaped during a firefight between their captors and rebels and reached Turkey on Tuesday.
December 3, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe
BEIRUT (AP) Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back while the U.N. said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions. Continue Reading
September 24, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Syria’s civil war is worsening and there is no prospect of a quick end to the violence, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday in a gloomy assessment to the U.N. Security Council.
The new envoy leavened his message, however, saying he was crafting a new plan that he hoped could break the impasse, but refused to give details or say when it would be ready. Continue Reading
September 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Her eyes welling up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said she heard “horrific” and “heartbreaking” accounts from Syrian refugees she met Tuesday during a visit to a camp in Jordan that has provided shelter for those fleeing the civil war in the neighboring country. Continue Reading
July 15, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe
U.N. implicates President Assad’s forces in the assault
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syria’s 16-month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions. Continue Reading
July 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic
YANKTON (AP) Several times a day, Rola Binder checks her Facebook account to see if her family is still alive. Continue Reading
June 22, 2012 in The Daily Republic
YANKTON (AP) Several times a day, Rola Binder checks her Facebook account to see if her family is still alive.
March 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Syria has accepted a peace plan by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan that includes a cease-fire by the Syrian government, but the bloodshed persisted as intense clashes between government troops and rebel fighters spilled across the border into Lebanon, officials said. The U.N. says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria’s uprising.
March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Seeking to stem the violence in Syria, the U.S. and other key allies are considering providing Syrian rebels with communications help, medical aid and other “non-lethal” assistance. Continue Reading
March 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Tens of thousands of Syrians braved tear gas and gunfire to protest across the country today, vowing to storm the capital Damascus to oust President Bashar Assad as the European Union ramped up pressure on the regime by imposing sanctions on his wife and other close relatives.