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WORLD
July 5, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
Syrian tanks, troops and bulldozers on Monday swept into a city that has long been a potent symbol of the nation's pro-democracy movement, raiding houses and hunting down activists opposed to President Bashar Assad's rule. Witnesses and activists said at least three people were killed, including a 12-year-old boy, and dozens injured as security forces stormed into the outskirts of Hama. Hafez Assad, the president's father and predecessor, brutally crushed an uprising against his rule in the restive city in 1982.
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WORLD
March 25, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
For four decades, the Assad family has used secret police and informants to rule Syria with an iron fist. Now the family and its Baath Party face the biggest threat to their power since 1982, when security forces killed more than 10,000 people and razed the city of Hama to quash an Islamist rebellion. On Friday, protests rippled across Syria, spreading from the restive southern town of Dara to the capital, Damascus, and again to Hama, the latest sign that no Middle Eastern country ?
NEWS
January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad, 35, has married a Syrian woman who grew up in London, his official media reported. In a brief front-page story, the state newspaper Tishrin said Assad and Asma Akhras had a New Year's Day ceremony attended by close family members. The paper provided few details, saying only that Akhras is in her 20s and has a degree in computer science from a British university.
WORLD
December 20, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday that change was needed in Damascus, further distancing Moscow from Syrian President Bashar Assad in another sign that Assad's support may be fraying even among his few remaining allies. Putin made the comments as a United Nations panel concluded that Syria's raging conflict had become "overtly sectarian" and was drawing foreign fighters after almost two years of violence and tens of thousands of deaths. Putin said Russia would not back Assad, long a close ally, "at any price," and he used some of the Kremlin's strongest language to date indicating that Russia recognized that Assad's days were numbered.
WORLD
May 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Syrian President Bashar Assad said he was interested in resuming indirect peace talks with Israel but didn't believe the new government would be a good negotiating partner. Syria has said it is willing to resume the talks as long as they focus on a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights. But Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he would not be willing to return the territory. "Syria is keen about peace as much as it is keen about the return of its occupied territories," Assad said during a joint appearance with Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
WORLD
February 18, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The situation in war-ravaged Syria “is deteriorating rapidly” and both sides have committed crimes against humanity  in an “increasingly sectarian” conflict that threatens peace throughout the Middle East, a United Nations-commissioned inquiry said Monday. “The destructive dynamics of the civil war not only have an impact on the civilian population but are also tearing apart the country's complex social fabric, jeopardizing future generations and undermining peace and security in the entire region,” the report said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | Associated Press
Television journalist Barbara Walters has apologized for trying to help a former aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad land a job or get into college in the United States. The ABC veteran acknowledged the conflict in trying to help Sheherazad Jaafari, daughter of the Syrian ambassador to the United States and a onetime press aide to Assad. Jaafari helped Walters land an interview with the Syrian president that aired in December. Walters said in a statement issued Tuesday that she rejected Jaafari's later request for a job at ABC News, saying it was a conflict of interest.
WORLD
June 14, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - News stories on Syria in many parts of the world often focus on reports of government assaults against insurgents and civilian populations. In Russia, hardly a day passes without media relaying the official line from Damascus: that "terrorists" and foreign powers are to blame. Russian television and newspapers routinely carry headlines and teasers such as "Saudi Arabia and other countries supply arms to Syrian rebels," "Bashar Assad: Foreign countries are to blame," and "Hypocrisy kills like bullets.
OPINION
October 10, 2012 | By Robert A. Pastor
The conflict in Syria was "extremely bad and getting worse. " That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League and one of the world's most skillful diplomats, told the Security Council in late September. The major powers listened but offered no new ideas on how to end the crisis. We need to change direction. Up to now, two strategies have been pursued. Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general and Brahimi's predecessor as special envoy, tried to negotiate a cease-fire and forge a consensus among the great and middle powers.
OPINION
June 5, 2012
Re "Syria 'spillover' is feared," June 3, and "What next in Syria?," Editorial, May 31 The United Nations didn't intervene in the 1990s when the Serbians went to war with Kosovo. President Clinton unleashed theU.S. Air Force, which led to peace after 78 days of bombing Serb positions. We can't expect the U.S. to repeat this in Syria. Where is the Arab leader who represents the force for imposing the will of peaceful Arabs in the Middle East? When will King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia give an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by his air force of F-15 fighter jets?
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