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Former UN Sec. General Kofi Annan dies at 80

Annan devoted his life to making the world more peaceful, US Amb. Nikki Haley says.

Former UN Sec. General Kofi Annan dies at 80

UN Observers Quit Syria, Head for Beirut

United Nations observers have begun to leave Syria as their mission officially expires Sunday night at midnight.

UN Observers Quit Syria, Head for Beirut

White House Blames Russia, China as Annan Quits

Kofi Annan quits post as the UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria.

White House Blames Russia, China for Annan Resignation

Annan Seeks Delay as Powers Balk on Syria

The world powers say they will not intervene as a bomb blast in Damascus raises questions about the regime's ability to survive.

Annan Seeks Delay as Powers Balk on Syria

Russia: West 'Blackmailing' Us over Syria

Moscow: Western powers threaten to cancel U.N. observer force in Syria unless military intervention is authorized.

Russia: West 'Blackmailing' Us over Syria

Iran Offers to Host Syria Crisis Talks

Iran has offered to host talks between Syria's government and opposition in Tehran, its foreign minister said Sunday.

Iran Offers to Host Syria Crisis Talks

Assad Troops Shell Syrians Near Aleppo

Government troops continued to shell civilians with heavy artillery on Sunday in a civil war now being monitored by the United Nations.

Assad Troops Shell Syrians Near Aleppo

World Condemns Assad for Latest Massacre

Syria's opposition urges UN action in Syria, as world condemns massacre of more than 200 people in Hama.

World Condemns Assad for Latest Massacre

Syrian Opposition Appeals to Mother Russia

Syrian opposition forces appeal to Moscow for intervention after UN and Arab League efforts fail to stop the slaughter by government troops.

Syrian Opposition Appeals to Mother Russia

Annan in Iraq Seeking Solution to Syrian Crisis

UN special envoy Kofi Annan is barnstorming the Mideast region looking for allies in his quest to end the ongoing bloodshed in Syria

Annan in Iraq Seeking Solution to Syrian Crisis

Annan Arrives in Tehran After Damascus Talks

UN special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Iran, where he hopes to enlist the aid of Tehran in salvaging his already sunk Syrian peace plan

Annan Arrives in Tehran After Damascus Talks

Annan Sees 'Progress; as Syrian Blood Flows

UN special envoy Kofi Annan says his talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were 'productive' as at least 100 more are slain.

Annan Sees 'Progress' as Syrian Blood Flows

Syrian Army Launches Military Drill

The Syrian Army has launched a major military drill, according to an announcement by the country's official SANA news agency.

Syrian Army Launches Military Drill as World Watches

Annan Spokesman: Syria Ceasefire 'Imperative'

The death toll in the 16-month uprising against the Syrian regime tops 16,500 in President Bashar al-Assad's 'torture archipelago.'

Annan Spokesman: Syria Ceasefire 'Imperative'

Annan Optimistic as Syria Bleeds

UN special envoy Kofi Annan says he believes a ministerial crisis talk on Syria will yield 'an acceptable result.'

Kofi Annan Optimistic as Syria Bleeds

Annan Invites Major Powers to Syria Pow-Wow

With Syria's popular uprising crossing into civil war and tensions with Turkey rising, the major powers prepare to meet

Annan Invites Major Powers to Syria Pow-Wow

Annan Wants Iran to be Part of Talks on Syria

Kofi Annan proposes inviting Iran to a multinational meeting to discuss Syria, leaves it up to the U.S. and Russia to decide.

Annan Wants Iran to be Part of Talks on Syria

Syrian Rebels Kill at Least 80 Assad Troops

President Bashar al-Assad's fiery speech refusing to implement the Annan ceasefire plan has led FSA fighters to launch a new offensive

Syrian Rebels Kill at Least 80 Assad Troops

Rebel Chief Calls on Annan to Admit Failure

FSA chief Riad al-Assad called on UN envoy Kofi Annan to admit his peace plan had failed - and to free the rebels to act against the regime.

Rebel Chief Calls on Annan to Admit Failure

Annan Leaves Syria Empty Handed

UN envoy Kofi Annan left Syria without securing any 'bold steps' from officials to end the slaughter bleeding the country.

Annan Leaves Syria Empty Handed

UN Officials Finger Assad Thugs in Houla Massacre

Observers say pro-Assad Shabiha thugs killed 108 in Houla 'execution style' – incl. women, children, and entire families

UN Officials Finger Assad Thugs in Houla Massacre

41 More Die as Annan Delivers Message to Gunmen

An incensed Kofi Annan arrived in Syria for talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad bearing a message for 'everyone with a gun'

Syria: 41 More Die as Annan Delivers Message to Gunmen

Syrian Opposition Says Assad Destroying Peace Plan

Syrian opposition leader says the Assad regime is trying to destroy a U.N.-brokered peace plan for the country.

Syrian Opposition Says Assad Destroying Peace Plan

Diplomats Line Up to Condemn Syria Violence

Int'l luminaries lined up to condemn the continued violence in Syria as the United Nations remains deadlocked in inaction.

Diplomats Line Up to Condemn Syria Violence

Explosion Hits UN Convoy in Syria

An explosion hit a Syrian military truck escorting a convoy of UN observers near Deraa, just seconds after UN staff had passed by.

Explosion Hits UN Convoy in Syria

Annan: 'Last Chance to Avoid Civil War'

UN-Arab envoy Kofi Annan and peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous say Assad's forces continue their assault despite cease-fire committments

Annan: 'Last Chance to Avoid Civil War'

Aleppo Dragged into Syrian Civil War

The northern trading city of Aleppo, relatively quiet until recently, has finally been dragged into Syria's growing civil war.

Aleppo Dragged into Syrian Civil War

Dozens Dead in Syria Despite 'Ceasefire' Plan

Dozens have been killed by government forces in Syria so far this week despite attempts to enforce a UN-brokered “ceasefire plan.”

Dozens of Deaths Continue in Syria Despite 'Ceasefire' Plan

UN Observers in Syria Explore Homs

Two United Nations monitors have moved into an upscale hotel in Syria's central city of Homs, hoping to at least reduce violence there.

UN Observers in Syria Explore Homs

Annan: The Situation in Syria is 'Bleak'

Special envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council that the situation in Syria is 'bleak' and expressed 'alarm' as violence continues

Annan: The Situation in Syria is 'Bleak'

FSA Chief Calls for Military Intervention in Syria

The head of the Free Syria army called on the Security Council to arm the rebels and intervene to enforce a UN-backed ceasefire agreement

FSA Chief Calls for Military Intervention in Syria

Annan Plan Unraveling As Fighting Continues

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan is rapidly becoming a dead letter as fighting crosses his ceasefire deadline.

Annan Plan Unraveling As Fighting Continues

Syria's Assad: New Conditions, No Troop Withdrawal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has come up with new conditions in order to withdraw his troops from cities as promised by April 10.

New Conditions from Syria's Assad, Won't Withdraw Troops

Annan: Ceasefire Deadline — 0600 on April 12

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan gave Syrian troops, rebel fighters a deadline to stop fighting as bullets continue to fly across the country

Annan: Ceasefire Deadline — 0600 on April 12

UN Negotiating Deployment of Syria Observers

Norway's Maj. General Robert Mood is negotiating the deployment of an unarmed UN observer force in Syria.

UN Negotiating Deployment of Syria Observers

Russia May Back UN Draft on Syria

Russia has hinted it will consider backing a US drafted demand for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to honor an April 10 ceasefire date.

Russia May Back UN Draft on Syria

Fierce Fighting in Syria Despite Pullout Claims

Even as President Bashar al-Assad's government claims it is honoring a pullback agreement, his troops are striking at rebels.

Fierce Fighting in Syria Despite Pullout Claims

Report: Syrian Troops Begin Pullout

Syrian government claims troops are withdrawing from cities ahead of ceasefire, but opposition is saying otherwise.

Report: Syrian Troops Begin Pullout from Some Cities

Syria: Fighting Continues as Ceasefire Looms

An advance team of UN peacekeepers are headed to Syria ahead of a planned ceasefire, but fighting has not abated.

Syria: Fighting Continues as Ceasefire Looms

Syria: Assad Agrees to April 10 Pull Back

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has agreed to implement a ceasefire plan by former UN chief Kofi Annan on April 10.

Syria: Assad Agrees to April 10 Pull Back