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Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

 

BBC News

3 August 2012

 

The UN General Assembly is due to vote on a resolution that condemns the Security Council for failing to stop the violence in Syria.

The text is not legally binding but is intended to increase pressure on the council to take action.

Annan Quits Syria Role

Annan Quits Syria Role 

 

Kofi Annan said Thursday he will quit his high-profile role as special envoy to Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticism of world powers' failure to unite to stop the country's…

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

The Guardian

2 August 2012

International disarray over the bloody crisis in Syria has been starkly underlined when the UN envoy Kofi Annan announced that he was resigning because of the failure of what he said had become a "mission impossible".

The former UN secretary general said it had been a "sacred duty" to take up the position five months ago to try to find a solution to the conflict. But growing militarisation and a lack of unity among world powers had changed the circumstances.

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

By Ayla Jean Yackley

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus

Thu Aug 2, 2012

(Reuters) - Barbed wire and concrete-filled oil drums surround Maria Riri Myles' family apartment in a snake- and rat-infested no-go zone of northern Cyprus occupied only by patrolling Turkish soldiers. But it still feels like home.

Agents of Destruction: Hizb'allah - A Primer on the Party of God

Agents of Destruction: Hizb'allah - A Primer on the Party of God

August 2, 2012

by Sandra Warmoth

Agents of Destruction

“And prepare for them whatever power you can and of the tying of horses. Strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others, without them you do not know; Allah knows them.”

State Dept: As core weakens, al Qaeda affiliates are top terror threat

State Dept: As core weakens, al Qaeda affiliates are top terror threat

By Elise Labott

July 31st, 2012

While the killings of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda operatives have weakened the terror network, the rise of groups affiliated al Qaeda in the Middle East and Africa presents a serious threat to U.S. security, the State Department's annual terrorism report warns.

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