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  • April 12, 2012  

    After months of heavy fighting and government gunfire, Syria appears “relatively quiet,” according to U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan. Annan had brokered the U.N.-backed cease-fire agreement that went into effect early Thursday. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • April 12, 2012  

    As the shelling seemed to soften on the streets of Syria in time for Thursday’s cease-fire deadline, Russia and China joined the United States in urging the speedy dispatch of U.N. observers, assuming the truce holds. Margaret Warner updates the crisis with Time Magazine’s Rania Abouzeid, reporting from Beirut. Continue reading

  • April 10, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, the Syrian government claimed that its army is pulling back from towns and villages as part of a United Nations-brokered cease-fire plan. However, rebels reported shells were still falling across the country. Also, at least 16 people were killed by suicide bombers in western Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • April 9, 2012  

    Syria’s conflict spilled across the border into Turkey and Lebanon Monday, with gunfire killing a Lebanese cameraman and injuring several people in a Turkish refugee camp. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports how government assaults are further diminishing hopes of a cease-fire on the eve of a deadline. Continue reading

  • April 9, 2012  

    As Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria falls apart, the Syrian army fired into a Turkish refugee camp Monday, escalating conflict and wounding at least five people. Also, in Lebanon, a cameraman was reportedly shot and killed by Syrian soldiers. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times gives Jeffrey Brown an update from Beirut. Continue reading

  • April 9, 2012  

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the White House Monday was staged to stress strong ties between the U.S. and Latin America’s richest country. Rousseff and President Obama touched on issues of cooperation, including education, energy and trade while ignoring areas of disagreement. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • April 6, 2012  

    In other news Friday, Syrian forces assaulted rebellious Homs and Rastan despite a looming cease-fire deadline. Around the world, Christians marked Good Friday with observances ranging from services to re-enactments of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Also, a U.S. Navy fighter plane crash in Virginia Beach, Va., is under investigation. Continue reading

  • April 5, 2012  

    Syrian activists dubbed Thursday’s government assault on the Damascus suburb of Douma as one of the fiercest yet. But regime officials insist troop withdrawals have begun from the provinces of Daraa and Idlib, and peace envoy Kofi Annan said he expects the shooting to stop by April 12. Judy Woodruff updates the crisis. Continue reading

  • April 2, 2012  

    Judy Woodruff recaps the latest diplomatic and military developments related to Syria as renewed bombardment was reported in Homs, the Friends of Syria met in Istanbul and Special Envoy Kofi Annan told the the U.N. Security Council that the Assad government agreed to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from towns by April 10. Continue reading

  • April 2, 2012  

    Met with heavy skepticism by U.S. officials, Syria’s government signaled Monday plans to stop fighting by next week, according to Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Judy Woodruff, the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and Al Arabiya News Network’s Hisham Melhem discuss the possibility of peace in Syria. Continue reading