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Syrian opposition asks for arms to topple Assad

A major Syrian opposition group has said Western and Arab officials must allow individual countries to arm forces fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Conferees to demand Syria allow foreign aid

Western and Arab officials on Friday will demand Syrian President Bashar Assad agree to a cease-fire and allow food and medical aid into his country, as Syria’s main opposition group says foreign military intervention may be necessary to enforce “humanitarian corridors.”

American reporter among dozens killed in attack on Homs

An American reporter and a French photographer were among 39 people killed Wednesday in the flash-point Syrian city of Homs, a key target in President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on the 11-month-old anti-government uprising.

Iranian exiles begin move to new home in Iraq

Four hundred Iranian dissidents on Friday started relocating from Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, to a temporary home near the Iraqi capital’s international airport that they have compared to a concentration camp.

Libyans frustrated year after revolution

One year after the start of the revolution that ended Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule, Libya's government has no control over militia groups in a country awash with weapons. Human rights groups have accused some militias of torturing detainees, and many Libyans are frustrated with the lack of openness in the transitional government.

Libyans frustrated one year after revolution

One year after the start of the revolution that ended Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule, Libya's government has no control over militia groups in a country awash with weapons. Human rights groups have accused some militias of torturing detainees, and many Libyans are frustrated with the lack of openness in the transitional government.

Syria targets children in attacks, U.N. official reports

Syrian soldiers are killing children in their assault on anti-government strongholds, as human rights abuses have “sharply escalated” in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad, a top U.N. official said Monday.

Civil war threatens reforms in Myanmar

A civil war between Myanmar's army and Christian rebels in the Asian nation’s northernmost state is threatening the military-backed government’s efforts to normalize relations with the West.

State Department closes U.S. Embassy in Syria

The State Department on Monday suspended operations at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, and pulled all its staff, including Ambassador Robert Ford, out of the country.

Activists: Don’t lift sanctions on Myanmar just yet

Activists in Myanmar say it is still too early to lift Western sanctions on their country, despite an ongoing thaw in the relationship between the U.S. and Myanmar.

Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria; more than 250 killed in Homs

Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to stop the Syrian regime’s brutal crackdown on an 11-month uprising as activists reported that Syrian security forces had “massacred” more than 250 people using mortar shells, tanks and snipers in the western city of Homs.

Rights group: Libyan ex-diplomat tortured to death

Libya’s former ambassador to France died after being tortured by a Tripoli-based revolutionary militia, a human rights group said Friday.

Romney wins Florida primary

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory in a primary election in Florida on Tuesday night.