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by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:58:38 PM EST
Syrian forces pound Homs after UN condemnation - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

AFP - Syrian forces unleashed their heaviest pounding of Homs in two weeks on Friday, activists said after the UN General Assembly backed an Arab initiative calling on President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.

Rockets crashed into Khaldiyeh and Bayyada, centres of resistance in the central protest hub, at the rate of four a minute, according to an opposition activist inside the beleaguered city.

...The latest bombardment comes after the UN General Assembly on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent, which human rights groups say has cost more than 6,000 lives in the past 11 months.

...The resolution calls on Damascus "to stop all violence or reprisals immediately, in accordance with the League of Arab States initiative."

It was referring to a peace plan put forward by the pan-Arab bloc calling on Assad to hand power over to his deputy and for the formation of a unity government ahead of elections.



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by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:58:46 PM EST
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NATO urges regional solution to Syria crisis - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

NATO has said it will not intervene in Syria despite reports of escalating violence in parts of the country and the adoption of a UN resolution condemning human-rights violations by the government.

In the capital, Damascus, gunfire and loud explosions were heard on Friday while the bombardment of Homs by security forces entered a 13th day. Activist groups said tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets after the main weekly Muslim prayers, from Deraa in the south to Aleppo and Idlib in the north and Deir el-Zour in the east to areas around the capital, Damascus.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, an umbrella organisation of opposition groups, said security forces opened fire on some protests, which came in response to a call by internet-based activists for a rally for a "new phase of popular resistance".

They turned out after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed an Arab League initiative calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, and shortly before a visit by a Chinese diplomatic envoy.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:59:01 PM EST
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Suicide bomb kills dozens in Shiite area of north-west Pakistan - PAKISTAN - FRANCE 24
A suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a market in a Shiite area of Parachinar in north-west Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 26 people. Parachinar has been the site of sectarian violence between the majority Sunni and Shiite populations.


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by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 01:58:56 PM EST
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Bahrain: Audacity of hope - People & Power - Al Jazeera English

In mid February 2011, pro-democracy activists in the Gulf state of Bahrain took to the streets of the capital Manama in an attempt to win the kind of dramatic results achieved by their counterparts in Egypt and Tunisia. At first the demands of this predominantly Shia-led group were for constitutional reform and a reduction of the powers of King Hamad and the ruling Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty. But opinion soon hardened into calls for the end of the monarchy when seven demonstrators were killed during a police action at Manama's Pearl Roundabout.

After a month of continued protests, Bahrain's government invited some 1,500 troops from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to enter the country in support of local security forces before imposing martial law and instituting a fierce crackdown. Hundreds of activists were arrested; many were beaten and tortured in detention. Medical staff at the island's main Salmaniyya Hospital, where many injured protestors were treated and where demonstrators gathered after Peal Roundabout was cleared, were also targeted for arrests - and many of them subsequently received long prison sentences for their alleged complicity in plots to overthrow the government. 

In November last year, the government was forced to acknowledge that its security forces had used unnecessary force against mostly unarmed civilians. A commission of inquiry, established by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, but led by respected international human rights lawyer Cherif Bassiouini, reported in November and documented widespread abuses by the security services - routine torture, arbitrary arrests, detainees held incommunicado for weeks, unfair trials and people dismissed from their jobs without cause. Since then a further commission has been set up to institute some of the inquiry's recommendations - though critics say that so far little has been achieved.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:59:37 PM EST
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Pakistan to Provide No Support to U.S. in Attack on Iran - Zardari | World | RIA Novosti

Pakistan will not provide any support to U.S. forces if the United States attacks Iran, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said in Islamabad at a press conference with the presidents of Afghanistan and Iran following a trilateral summit on Friday.

Pakistan and Iran "need each other and no foreign pressure should hinder their ties," Zardari said.

According to the Afghan news agency Pazhvak, referring to the proposed Iran-Pakistan gas project, Zardari made it clear that Islamabad will not tolerate Washington's stance and the United States is "not to tell Pakistan who it can and cannot trade with."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 03:08:47 PM EST
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