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Russia, Iran support idea of talks in Syria | latimes.com

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A faint glimmer of hope of breaking the diplomatic standoff on Syria has emerged as two key allies, Russia and Iran, reacted positively to a leading opposition figure’s surprise offer of conditional talks with the government of President Bashar Assad. Officials from the two countries spoke approvingly of the offer at ...

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Landmark Christian-Muslim Peace Summit opens in Beirut | ENS

[Episcopal News Service, Beirut] The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, a former Episcopal bishop of Washington and four Iranian Shi’ite Muslims, two holding the rank of ayatollah, are among the religious leaders who’ve traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, for the second Christian-Muslim peace summit organized by Washington National Cathedral. The three-day conference, which opened June 18, is taking place against a regional ...

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Analysis: Worrying signs for food security in Syria | IRIN Middle East

BEIRUT/DUBAI, 21 February 2012 (IRIN) – Experts worry that Syrians will have increasing problems accessing food in the coming months, as prices rise, conflict disrupts supply lines, dwindling finances strain subsidies and imports face challenges. Nearly one year of unrest in Syria has made it difficult for aid workers to assess the exact food needs in the country, but the ...

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Tens of thousands protest against Hezbollah’s arms deposit | Xinhua, PressTV

Supporters of Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to the streets on Sunday to demand the disarmament of the Shiite armed group Hezbollah. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut to show support for Hariri, whose national unity government collapsed after the withdrawal of ministers affiliated with Hezbollah over the Special Tribunal for ...

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Syria Reasserts its Centrality to Peace

Despite efforts to internationally isolate Syria, especially during the Bush era, Syria has reasserted itself as a central player in the Middle East. Following the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, the United States withdrew its ambassador to Beirut, intensified sanctions against Damascus and sought to deepen Syria’s isolation from the international community. via Alon Ben-Meir: SYRIA ...

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