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World 25 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Arab monitor mission to Syria limps on amid rifts

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Arab observer mission will limp on in Syria after a Gulf pullout led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar but the two have also engineered an unprecedented Arab League call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

World 25 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Arab League in talks with ElBaradei over Syria job

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Arab League has approached Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, as a possible candidate for the job of special envoy to Syria to follow up an Arab initiative to ease President Bashar al-Assad out of power.

World 21 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Meshaal planning to step down as leader of Hamas

GAZA (Reuters) - Khaled Meshaal, the top political official of Palestinian Islamist faction Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip, will not seek re-election when a vote to choose its leadership is held soon, the group said on Saturday.

World 26 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Arab observers resume work amid Syria violence

AMMAN (Reuters) - Arab League observers in Syria, depleted by a pullout of their Gulf Arab colleagues, resumed work on Thursday for the first time in a week during which a bloody struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents has raged on.

World 26 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syria plans local ceasefire with rebels - governor

IRBIN, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian authorities are holding ceasefire talks with rebels who have seized some areas near Damascus, a local official said on Thursday, in a sign that a 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has crept close to the capital.

World 26 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syria plans local ceasefire with rebels - governor

IRBIN, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian authorities are holding ceasefire talks with rebels who have seized some areas near Damascus, a local official said on Thursday, in a sign that a 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has crept close to the capital.

World 26 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

U.S. sees Arab League's Syria plan going to U.N. soon

CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's top human rights official said on Thursday that Washington was keen to work with the Arab League to end bloodshed in Syria and added that a new Arab initiative could go before the U.N. Security Council soon.

World 23 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syria denounces Arabs for telling Assad to quit

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria on Monday rebuffed as a

World 24 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Russia's support "arsenal" for Assad exhausted - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia's position after 10 months of bloodshed.

World 23 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

Russia's support "arsenal" for Assad exhausted - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia's position after 10 months of bloodshed.