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Video: Government forces detain protester & randomly shoot at houses

Government forces in the besieged city of Homs detain a peaceful protester and randomly shoot at houses.

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Syria toll rises to 25; monitors cheered in besieged town

Crowds in a Syrian town surrounded by government troops cheered Arab League monitors who visited Sunday as others fled the town on foot to escape the fighting inside. Residents of Zabadani, about 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Damascus, lifted … Continue reading

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Eleven more killed in Syria despite Arab monitors

By: Alistair Lyon Five civilians were killed in Syria and a brigadier was assassinated on Monday in violence that has not abated despite an Arab peace plan monitored by Arab League observers. Arab League foreign ministers will meet on Sunday … Continue reading

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Syria’s Assad opponents step up pressure

The political and military opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced Monday they have set up a hotline to coordinate their action, as foreign and internal pressure mounts on his regime. A rights group, meanwhile, said security forces killed at … Continue reading

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Video: Dancing for Freedom in Idlib

Protesters in Kafarouma, Idlib dancing Dabke, an Arab folk dance that originated in the Levant.  

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French Foreign Minister slams UN’s “silence” on Syria

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Sunday decried the “silence” of the UN Security Council on Syria’s deadly crackdown on protests, saying the situation was becoming “intolerable”. “The massacre continues, the silence of the Security Council too. This situation is … Continue reading

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Video: Protest in Tedmur

Protesters in Tedmur chant, “Assad is an enemy of God.”

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The cost of Syria’s crackdown

Could the country’s economic decline, spurred on by the protests, pose a graver challenge to al-Assad than the uprising? Ten months of protests and a violent crackdown have taken a severe toll on the Syrian economy. Its currency is weakening, … Continue reading

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Syria’s child refugees in north Lebanon haunted by violence

By: Khaled Soubeih, Jocelyne Zablit “There was no blood and I didn’t cry,” 7-year-old Mohammad recalls with almost eerie composure, describing the night he and his twin sister were shot as their family fled the unrest in Syria. “I felt … Continue reading

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No plan to send Arab troops to Syria: League source

The Arab League has not received any official request or suggestion that it send Arab troops to Syria, an Arab representative to the Cairo-based League told Reuters on Sunday. Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, said on Saturday that … Continue reading

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