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Kofi Annan Surrenders His Fight for Peace in Syria

Friday, August 03, 2012

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced his resignation as the UN Special Envoy of Syria yesterday confirming the situation in Syria hopeless and the help from the Security Council limited due to "finger pointing and name calling".

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The Takeaway

Aleppo's Neighborhood Violence Continues in Syria

Friday, August 03, 2012

Kofi Annan has resigned as the UN Special Envoy to Syria as the battle to take over Syria's largest city, Aleppo, continues. The violence supports Annan's statements of calling Syria "impossible" as the battles only seem to get worse.

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Kofi Annan to Step Down as Syria Envoy

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Kofi Annan said Thursday he will step down from his high-profile role as special envoy for Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticism of world powers' failure to unite over the country's escalating violence.

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The Takeaway

Is it Time to Intervene in Syria?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All this week The Takeaway has followed the news out of Syria, where a horrific massacre at the hands of Syrian government troops in the village of Houla recently left 108 civilians dead, including a number of children, most murdered at close-point range. Is it time to intervene in Syria?

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The Takeaway

Update from Bomb Blasts in Damascus: Live Report

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Syrian capital has gotten used to the sound of sirens, but this morning's two bomb blasts stand out as perhaps the most deadly in the capital. Syria's health minister says at least 50 people are dead, at least 170 wounded. The blasts were so powerful, a facade of a military intelligence build was ripped off. Today's bombing calls into question the entire UN peace plan. It's current mission inside the country is to monitor the peace, but seemingly there is very little peace to monitor. Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for Kofi Annan, Joint Envoy for Syria responds. We are also joined by correspondent for The World Laura Lynch from inside Syria.

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The Takeaway

Despite UN Ceasefire, Violence Continues in Syria

Monday, April 16, 2012

The violence in Syria has continued in spite of the ceasefire which came into effect on Thursday, and the first members of a United Nations truce monitoring mission which have arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Fighting was reported between government forces and rebels in the city of Homs and unverified video posted on the internet showed the Khaldiyeh area of Homs being heavily shelled. Kieran Dwyer, from the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Ops, outlines what's expected of the monitors in the coming days.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Ceasefire Goes into Effect

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A ceasefire has come into force in Syria amid doubts expressed by Western countries about the government's willingness to stick to it. Correspondents say the truce appears to be largely holding, with no reports of casualties or deaths so far. The Syrian government and the armed opposition have both said they will abide by the ceasefire, but reserved the right to respond if attacked. We are joined by Ausama Monajed of the Syrian National Council.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Violence Continues After Peace Plan Deadline

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Violence continues in Syria, a day after the UN-backed ceasefire deadline. What will it take for Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces to stop what has been almost a year of continuous bloodshed? For that, we speak with Stephen Kinzer, journalist and commentator, and Professor of International Relations at Boston University.

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The Takeaway

Ceasefire Deadline Passes in Syria

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A UN-backed deadline for a ceasefire in Syria has passed, with government forces again shelling the central city of Homs. Jonathan Head, correspondent for our partner the BBC, reports from a refugee camp on the Turkey-Syrian border where Kofi Annan is scheduled to visit today.

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The Takeaway

Syria Accepts UN Plan that Includes Daily Ceasefire

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

According to a spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan, Syria has accepted a United Nations plan to end bloodshed in the country. The plan includes a daily two-hour ceasefire by Syrian security forces to evacuate the injured and provide humanitarian aid. This plan comes as President Bashar al-Assad has traveled to the besieged Baba Amr neighborhood to inspect conditions. Michael Bristow is a correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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The Takeaway

Russia to Support Annan's Stand Against Syrian Violence

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Russia said today that it will support the United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end the fighting in Syria. This could potentially be a break in the standoff over the violence in the country.

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The Takeaway

Diplomacy Stalls in Syria

Monday, March 12, 2012

As hopes for diplomacy stall once again, the killing goes on in Syria, with a report this morning of dozens dead after an attack by pro-government militia in Homs. This latest violence comes after UN envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad twice over the weekend, but failed to reach a cease-fire agreement. 

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