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  • 17 July 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 17 Jul 2012
  • Syrian Rebels Claim Advances VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The rebel Free Syrian Army said it has begun the "battle for the liberation of Damascus," as clashes with government forces raged in the capital for a third day. The battles come as more than 1,000 Syrians, including a defecting brigadier-general, fled to Turkey overnight.
  • Regime Defector Warns Damascus Could Use Chemical Weapons RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- The most senior politician to defect from the Syrian government says he believes that President Bashar al-Assad's regime won't hesitate to use chemical weapons to try to stay in power.
  • Syrian Regime Uses Attack Helicopters In Damascus; Defections Continue RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- an escalation of the most serious fighting in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
  • Annan To Meet Putin On Syria RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- Syria's army has reportedly used helicopters to battle opposition forces in at least four Damascus neighborhoods -- an escalation of the most serious fighting in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
  • U.S. Awaits Results of Annan's Syria Talks With Putin RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- The U.S. is watching developments in Moscow as the UN's special envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, prepares to hold meetings with President Putin on Tuesday over resolution of the conflict, U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.
  • Syria: after Moscow meeting, Joint Special Envoy voices hope for Council agreement UN News Centre 17 Jul 2012 -- Addressing the media in Moscow, the Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today voiced the hope that members of the Security Council will be able to reach agreement on a course of action to deal with the situation in the Middle Eastern country.
  • Battles Rage in Damascus VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- Fierce clashes between rebels and government forces rocked the Syrian capital for a third day Tuesday in the heaviest period of fighting in the city since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
  • Ban Visits China Ahead of Security Council Showdown on Syria VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to China amid a looming showdown at the U.N. Security Council over two competing resolutions on Syria.
  • Taiwan puts South China Sea weather info online to assert sovereignty CNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan has begun publishing weather information for the Pratas Islands and Spratly Islands on its official weather website as part of efforts to assert sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea region, an official said Tuesday.
  • SOMALIA: One million return to Mogadishu IRIN 17 Jul 2012 -- Around a million people who fled insecurity and fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu have returned to the city since August 2011, after the departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, say officials.

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  • FM spokesman: Security of Persian Gulf, Hormuz Strait should be safeguarded IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Security of the Persian Gulf and the Hormuz Strait should be retained so that all countries could preserve their own interests as well as those of the region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.
  • Mehmanparast: Iran-G5+1 next meeting depends on outcome of Istanbul talks IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said here Tuesday if the upcoming meeting of deputy nuclear negotiators of Iran and the 5+1 witnesses a fruitful outcome in Istanbul, the venue and date of next negotiations will be decided.
  • LIBYA: What the analysts are saying post elections IRIN 17 Jul 2012 -- The recently reported abduction of the president of Libya's Olympic Committee, Nabil Elalem, highlights the wobbly security situation in a country awash with arms and where a number of militias still appear to be above the law, but slowly, steps towards stability are being taken.
  • Libya's Former Rebels Pose Challenge VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The fighters who defeated Libya's Moammar Gadhafi last year now pose a challenge for the fledgling democracy they helped create. Many of them have refused to give up their weapons, demanding a series of laws to protect them.
  • Russian Soyuz Docks with Space Station RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, Mission Control said.
  • Russian Space Lab Launch Delayed Again RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- The launch of Russia's 'Nauka' (Science) multirole laboratory module (MLM) for the International Space Station has been set back from the end of this year to the end of next year due to technological and organizational problems at the Khrunichev Space Center, the head of Russia's Energia space corporation Vitaly Lopota said on Tuesday.
  • Report Says Terrorist Regrouping in Indonesia VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- There has not been a major terrorist attack in Indonesia since the Bali bombings in 2002, but that does not mean the threat does not linger. An International Crisis Group report suggests terrorists are regrouping in increasingly sophisticated ways.
  • Olympic Security: A 'Humiliating Shambles' VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The head of the private firm in charge of security at the London Olympics has said he is sorry and deeply disappointed that his firm has failed in its commitment to provide full security for the Games. Nick Buckles answered questions put to him by members of parliament on Tuesday.



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