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December 25, 1988 | From Reuters
In a Christmas gesture, Panama on Saturday freed 26 opposition activists who were jailed three months ago on charges of plotting an armed action against military strongman Manuel A. Noriega. One of the men, Alberto Conte, flew to exile in Miami. The Panama Defense Forces, commanded by Gen. Noriega, said in a statement that the release order was given by President Manuel Solis Palma and "responded to the Christmas spirit felt by all Panamanians."
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December 10, 2013 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian security forces stormed a tent encampment in central Kiev early Wednesday, converging on Independence Square from three sides to roust sleeping protesters and beat those refusing to clear the streets, witnesses reported. Blaring through loudspeakers, police ordered the demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to heed a city court order to end their obstruction of traffic and communications. Opposition supporters and others outraged by the president's decision last month to scrap an agreement that would have improved trade and other relations with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia have been occupying the historic center of the Ukrainian capital for three weeks.
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March 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities arrested nearly two dozen opposition activists and confiscated the entire print run of the country's largest independent newspaper as Belarusians cast early ballots for Sunday's presidential election. The opposition fears the vote will be rigged in favor of incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled with an iron fist since 1994. A least 300 opposition activists have been jailed during the campaign.
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October 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Fourteen Greenpeace activists were charged with piracy Wednesday in connection with their protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic, an official of the environmental group said. The charges, issued by prosecutors in Murmansk, carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and reflect the seriousness with which Russia regards any threat to its energy industry, the foundation of its economy. They also may hint at the ascendancy of hard-liners in President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, one analyst said.
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April 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Riot police in Zimbabwe arrested 38 activists after breaking up nationwide protests against a constitution critics say entrenches President Robert Mugabe's 22-year rule. Opponents who accuse Mugabe of stealing a presidential election in March blamed his supporters for beheading a woman whose family supported the opposition. Police denied that the killing had occurred. About 1,000 pro-democracy activists ran through the capital, Harare, chanting "Down with Mugabe" as they were chased by police.
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May 6, 2009 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge revoked the bail of a prominent Zimbabwean rights activist and 17 other suspects after prosecutors formally charged them in a terrorism case that has been widely denounced as a sham. Activist Jestina Mukoko appeared stunned as she heard the ruling from the dock. Mukoko and the others have said they were tortured during an earlier stint in prison. The suspects had been free on bail for two months. The magistrate said she was sending them back to prison because a formal indictment filed this week accused Mukoko and the others of sabotage, terrorism and banditry.
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August 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition activists reported heavy shelling Wednesday in Damascus, the capital, as authorities in neighboring Lebanon said a cease-fire had taken hold in a city in that country that has become a center for spillover violence. The Syrian military has mounted a campaign this week to root out rebel fighters and sympathizers in several areas of Damascus and its suburbs, including the Kfar Souseh and Nahr Aisha districts, according to antigovernment activists. The shelling of the two districts Wednesday could have been aimed at opposition mortar teams that have recently targeted a military airport, the Associated Press reported.
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February 16, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Bob Drogin and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
They brought down an autocrat and now hunch over position papers, microphones, BlackBerrys and meals from McDonald's. Revolution is messy but lasting power is won, young activists are learning, in meticulous battles of negotiations, egos and intrigue. The new breed of professionals who helped topple President Hosni Mubarak is watching its rebellion turn into a political struggle among the country's splintered opposition forces, remnants of the former ruling regime and the army, which has taken control of the nation until the constitution is amended and elections are held.
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February 16, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Opposition activists reported dozens more people were killed in Syria on Thursday as the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned the Syrian government's "systematic violations of human rights" and backed a plan calling for President Bashar Assad to relinquish power. The vote by the 193-member body in New York provided a symbolic victory for the United States, Turkey, Arab nations and others calling for the ouster of the Syrian leader. But the move seemed unlikely to make much difference on the ground in Syria, where the U.N. says more than 5,000 people have died in the conflict since antigovernment protests erupted almost a year ago. Opposition activists reported at least 63 people killed Thursday, including 38 in the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib, where the government is fighting to regain control of territory lost to armed rebels.
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January 2, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
Syria's government has taken steps to comply with a regional initiative to end months of bloodshed, including pulling tanks out of cities and releasing nearly 3,500 detainees, the head of the Arab League said Monday. But he said gunfire continued and he called for a halt to the hostilities. Syrian opposition activists disputed the assertion of significant progress, saying security forces had killed more than 150 people since Arab observers began work Dec. 27 to determine whether the government is ending a violent crackdown on dissent.
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July 15, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The Syrian military intensified its assault Monday on rebel strongholds in Idlib province, pounding opposition-controlled areas from the air and land, according to antigovernment activists. The opposition reported more than two dozen killed in recent days in government attacks on rebel strongholds in the strategically situated zone, which is close to the Turkish border, long a conduit for smuggled arms destined for the opposition and for gunmen seeking to join the rebellion.
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May 25, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The hunt for proof that Syrian government forces used banned chemical weapons may come down to a rotting corpse exhumed late last month from a makeshift cemetery near Damascus. The grave diggers - a Syrian doctor and several medical students - were seeking tissue from the remains of a man who had died of respiratory failure after a rocket allegedly spewed poison gas on Dariya, a suburb of the Syrian capital, on April 25. Reaching the cadaver several feet down, the team sliced open the cloth shroud, cut into the torso and removed a small piece of lung.
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May 19, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syrian forces launched a large-scale assault Sunday on the city of Qusair, a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border, in the government's latest effort to push back opposition fighters from strategic areas of the country. The opposition said fighters from Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group allied with the Syrian government, took part in the siege. Hezbollah did not confirm its involvement. The onslaught commenced with shelling shortly after midnight and continued for hours, with artillery strikes and airborne bombardment targeting both the city and rebel-controlled suburbs, opposition activists said.
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March 28, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Rasha Elass
BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels claimed Thursday they downed an Iranian plane that was landing at Damascus Airport and suspected of carrying weapons and ammunition for the Syrian government. The statement came as about a dozen students at Damascus University's architecture college were killed in separate mortar attacks. The Iranian plane was hit Wednesday by the rebels' anti-aircraft weaponry, crashed at the airport and exploded, causing a fire at the main terminal, opposition activists said.
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March 15, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Large protests marking the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising were held across the country Friday as the opposition vowed to continue its fight to topple President Bashar Assad. As the fighting entered a third year, there were scant signs of a political solution that some world leaders have been pushing. More than 70,000 people have been killed, many of them women and children, according to the United Nations. In Damascus, the capital, government security forces spread out across many neighborhoods in an effort to prevent large demonstrations, opposition activists reported.
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February 6, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Shelling and explosions were heard in Damascus, the Syrian capital, Wednesday amid some of the fiercest clashes reported in months, and government and opposition forces both said they had made significant advances. Acrid smoke hung over parts of Damascus, opposition activists said. The renewed fighting in the capital appeared to dash the faint hope of peace talks in the almost 2-year-old conflict. Neither side has agreed to dialogue, despite conditional offers in recent weeks from representatives of the opposition and the government of President Bashar Assad.
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December 19, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
Under mounting international pressure, Syria said Monday that it would admit Arab observers to monitor a regional peace initiative aimed at ending months of bloodshed that is threatening to push the country into civil war. An advance team including legal, administrative, financial and human rights experts is expected to head to Syria within days, said Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby. There were no immediate plans to lift regional sanctions on Syria, as requested by the government, he said.
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April 10, 2012 | By Rima Marrouch
Prospects for a cease-fire in Syria further dimmed Monday when fighting spilled over the border into Turkey and Lebanon, leaving at least three people dead, opposition activists said. An additional 160 people were killed within Syria, activists said, as forces loyal to embattled President Bashar Assad continued to shell buildings and shoot at residents of rebellious cities on the eve of a proposed halt to the hostilities. Government troops and tanks were due to be withdrawn Tuesday from cities and towns, but that seemed increasingly unlikely as the violence has only escalated in the last week and on Sunday the Assad government demanded written guarantees from all opposition groups, a proposal that the rebel Free Syrian Army dismissed.
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January 14, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syrian government forces pressed an ongoing offensive Monday aimed at dislodging rebels from the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, amid reports of large numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children. Meantime, a new study by an international aid group labeled the almost 2-year-old Syrian conflict "a regional humanitarian disaster" that is worsening, with more than 2.5 million people forced from their homes in the face of bombings, targeted attacks, sexual violence, food shortages and a general collapse in services.
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December 26, 2012 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Twenty people were killed Wednesday in fighting in a small Syrian village, according to opposition activists, as the commander of Syria's military police announced he was joining the rebellion in one of the army's highest-level defections. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-rebel nongovernmental organization, reported that Syrian security forces shelled Qahtaniya village in Raqqah province. It said at least 20 people were killed, including eight children and three women.
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