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Free Speech: Mass Anti-Government Rallies Spike Across Syria

  Large crowds of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of many Syrian towns and cities Friday, heeding calls by opposition leaders to make a show of strength, as Arab League observers pursue their mission. Government forces fired on protesters

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Human Rights: UN Rights Chief Dismisses Syria’s Assad Claims on Credibility

 United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has dismissed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s recent claims that the U.N. is not a credible organization and that her commission of inquiry failed to contact his government during an investigation of human rights

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Human Rights: UN Says Syria Crackdown Death Toll Tops 3,500

The U.N. human rights office says at least 3,500 people have been killed in the Syrian government’s eight-month crackdown on dissent, while activists say deadly assaults continued in the central city of Homs. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N.

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Syrian Forces Seeking Army Defectors Storm Cities, Killing 8

Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopters have killed at least eight people in raids designed to crush army deserters who are fighting back after months of mostly peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Activists say dozens of armored vehicles

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Syrian Troops Continue Crackdown

Written by Ben Gilbert | Beirut, Lebanon Syria’s security forces continue to crack down on protests in several places, despite international condemnation. Over the weekend, Turkey’s president said Turkey has “lost confidence” in President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Iranian officials also

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Rights Groups: Syrian Troops Kill 55 People in Raids on Towns

Written by Elizabeth Arrott | Cairo Syria‘s military has launched an offensive against the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, even as international pressure builds on the government to end its crackdown on a popular uprising. There has also been violence

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15 Killed as Protesters Rally in Syria

Tens of thousands of Syrians have rallied against the government, as security forces expand their crackdown on dissent. Witnesses and activists say at least 15 people were killed on Friday after forces used live ammunition on protesters. They say most

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Syria: Can Tweets Prevent A Massacre?

Written by Jillian C. York Following the worst day of violence Syria has seen since protests broke out across the country in February, Syrian opposition and their supporters around the world have begun an attempt to raise global awareness of

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UN Security Council Condemns Syrian Violence

Written by Margaret Besheer | United Nations As Syrian tanks shelled the flashpoint town of Hama Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council overcame months of division and strongly condemned the on-going violence. The U.N.’s most powerful body expressed “grave concern” at

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Syrian Raid on Hama Kills 80

Syrian activists say soldiers backed by tanks have fired on citizens during a raid in the flashpoint city of Hama, killing at least 80 people. It is hard to verify accounts of the unrest in Syria because the government has

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