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Annan calls for 'immediate' Syria ceasefire

Annan says "deadline is now" for Syrian troops to halt their assaults, as diplomatic momentum is put at risk.

(AL JAZEERA) Geneva - Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League envoy, expects Syrian government forces to implement an immediate ceasefire as part of a peace plan to halt more than a year of violence, his spokesman has said.

"We expect him to implement this plan immediately. Clearly we have not seen a cessation of hostilities on the ground. This is our great concern," Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman, told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.

Annan will soon visit Iran, Syria's key regional ally, for talks on the crisis, although no date has been announced yet, Fawzi said.

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Modi's Fight Against "Fake News" Looks A Whole Lot Like Censorship

The Modi government’s attempts to censor the media and intimidate independent journalism pose a grave danger to Indian democracy.

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A distinct chill has set in this January.

The first month of the New Year has spelt trouble for anybody interested in India’s future as a democracy – where freedom of expression ought to be guaranteed. Not to speak of our newly minted status as the "mother of democracy."

There are things happening, which must be seen together to understand the reality: Censorship is here.

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