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  • 29 March 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 29 Mar 2012
  • One million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance – UN-backed survey UN News Centre 29 Mar 2012 -- At least one million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the findings of a government-led assessment mission jointly carried out with the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and released today.
  • Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people - most of them civilians - as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis.
  • Analysis: Syrian Red Crescent fighting perceptions of partiality IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- As it tries to improve its image and convince donors of its impartiality, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) is calling for more support in order to respond to growing humanitarian needs in Syria.
  • Syria Dominates Arab League Summit In Baghdad RFE/RL 29 Mar 2012 -- Baghdad is hosting its first Arab League summit in two decades, with the focus on the Syrian crisis.
  • Medvedev Urges 'Collective Approach' to Syria Solution RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2012 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Arab League member states to join forces in order to find a solution to the crisis in Syria as soon as possible, the Kremlin website said on Thursday.
  • UN Chief: 'No Time to Waste' For Syria RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2012 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said on Thursday time was running out for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to act on a UN-backed peace plan for the country, where government forces continued a crackdown on rebels.
  • Baghdad Summit Weighs Syria as Violence Continues VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- The leaders of fewer than half the Arab League's member states turned out for a summit in Baghdad Thursday amid tight security and a government-imposed curfew. Iraqi security officials say a rocket exploded in central Baghdad but caused little damage.
  • 'Friends of Syria' to Meet for Opposition Support VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- High-level envoys from dozens of nations supporting Syria's opposition meet in Turkey Sunday for the second session of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' to plan for political change in the strife-torn country. Opposition leaders are under pressure to outline their vision for Syria if President Bashar al-Assad leaves power.
  • Syrian Kurds Could Tip Scales of Syrian Conflict VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- A tent city among the ruins of a former tobacco factory along the Turkish-Syrian border is home to Syrian refugee Ciwan and his four-year-old son. The Yayladagi camp is swarming with Syrians fleeing the bloodshed of their homeland. But for Ciwan, a Syrian Kurd, it's unfamiliar living among the it's unfamiliar living among the predominantly Arab population.
  • MYANMAR: Timeline post-independence IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- As millions go to the polls across Myanmar, IRIN took a brief look at a chronology of key events that have impacted this nation of around 50 million since the country gained its independence from Britain in 1948.
  • Briefing: Myanmar's ethnic problems IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- Mutual distrust, power struggles and tension over the hoarding of resources, including gold, gems and timber, have characterized the long history between the rulers of Myanmar - primarily of Burman background - and the many other smaller ethnic groups that comprise this Southeast Asian nation of more than 50 million.
  • In Depth: What next for Myanmar? IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- As millions of Burmese go to the polls on 1 April, expectations are high for real change.
  • MYANMAR: Hundreds of political prisoners still behind bars IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- Human rights groups say hundreds of Burmese political prisoners remain incarcerated, despite an amnesty in January, when about 600 of the most prominent activists were released.
  • MYANMAR: What next for the Rohingyas? IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- As Myanmar gears up for a by-election on 1 April, experts and community leaders are divided over what the ongoing reforms may hold for the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim ethnic group living in the country's Northern Rakhine State.
  • Analysis: Reassessing international access in Myanmar IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- Access for international aid workers in Myanmar shows signs of improving, but aid workers say huge challenges remain.
  • Joint UN-AU mission dispatches assessment team to site of Darfur market clashes UN News Centre 29 Mar 2012 -- A United Nations-African Union assessment team will be sent shortly to a North Darfur community that was the scene of clashes this week between Sudanese national security forces and civilians that resulted in the deaths of three people, it was announced today.
  • Welcoming ceasefire, UN calls for tackling causes of Libyan clashes UN News Centre 29 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations mission in Libya has welcomed the ceasefire brokered in the south-western city of Sabha, where fighting in recent days has resulted in some 50 deaths, and called on all sides to address the underlying causes of the violence.
  • Briefing: War and peace – repeating the cycle IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- During a visit to Bamako, capital of Mali, on 26 February, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé observed that the Malian government would be best advised to sit down and negotiate with the MNLA (Mouvement National pour la liberation de l'Azawad), which is fighting to carve out an independent state in the north.
  • Briefing: Sudans' border clashes IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- Borderland fighting between Sudan and South Sudan broke out on 25 March, raising fears that the fragile peace that has more or less held since a 2005 accord (CPA) ended decades of civil war, could break down entirely.
  • ISRAEL: Water being used to coerce Bedouin villagers, says NGO IRIN 29 Mar 2012 -- Salim Abu al-Qi'an's family live in Israel's Negev desert in the 'unrecognized' Bedouin village of Umm al-Hieran, 9km from the nearest source of clean water.
  • African Leaders Scrap Mali Visit VOA 29 Mar 2012 -- West African heads of state aborted a mission to meet with coup leaders in the Malian capital, Bamako, on Thursday, after crowds supporting the military government demonstrated at the airport.

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