Syria

3:30pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Middle East

Weighing The 'Yemen Option' For Syria

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:56 pm

In this photo from 2009, Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) stands with then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a welcoming ceremony for Saleh at the presidential palace in Damascus. As the violence continues in Syria, the U.S. and other countries are hoping to convince Assad to step down from power, as Saleh did.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration says that Syrian President Bashar Assad has forfeited his right to lead Syria, and grisly murders in the town of Houla over the weekend reinforce that argument.

But despite mounting pressure, Assad isn't budging. The U.S is now trying to enlist Russia to use its influence with the Syrian leader to follow the so-called Yemen model and move out of the way.

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8:57am

Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

'I Could No Longer Bear Witness To Such Barbaric Crimes,' Syrian Says

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:22 pm

Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation

The man who has represented the interests of Syrians living in Southern California as honorary consul general there has resigned from the volunteer position because he "could no longer bear witness to such barbaric crimes" by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

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5:59am

Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Turkey Expels All Syrian Diplomatic Staff, 'Most Significant' Such Move So Far

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:07 am

Turkey announced today that it is ordering all Syrian diplomats and their staffs out of the country, as it joins other nations in registering outrage about a massacre over the weekend that has been blamed on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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12:56am

Wed May 30, 2012
Politics

Conflict in Syria Concerns Colorado Senator

Protesters of the current Syrian regime last year in London.
Nathan Meijer Flickr/CreativeCommons

5:13am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Most Victims Of Friday's Massacre In Syria Were Executed, U.N. Says

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 1:42 pm

Saturday: In this picture provided by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, people watch the mass burial of victims from Friday's violence in Houla.
AFP/Getty Images

"The U.N. said Tuesday that entire families were shot in their homes during a massacre in Syria on Friday that killed more than 100 people, including children," The Associated Press reports. And as nations around the world have reacted this morning to news about the atrocities, they're expelling Syrian diplomats in protest.

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