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Syrian Troops Mass Near Border Town as Tensions Mount

Syrian forces have surrounded a town on the Iraqi border as the country’s opposition took a step closer to forming an alternative government that would challenge President Bashar al-Assad‘s grip on power. About 1,000 troops flown in by helicopter and

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At Least 32 Killed in Syrian Protests Against Regime

Four months after anti-government demonstrations began in Syria, tens of thousands of protesters marched Friday demanding the release of scores of people jailed during the uprising and calling for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Witnesses and

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Half a Million Syrians Protest in Hama

Nearly half a million anti-government protesters filled the streets of the volatile Syrian city of Hama Friday. Two senior foreign envoys visited in a show of solidarity.  Rights activists say Syrian security forces were tempered by the outside presence in

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Syrian Troops Ransack Northern Border Village

Syrian troops have reportedly ransacked a border village that had provided help to thousands of people fleeing a military crackdown on anti-government dissent. Refugees and activists say that soldiers in the village of Bdama set fire to crops and buildings

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Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent

Syrian tanks stormed the town of Bdama near the border with Turkey Saturday, wreaking destruction, according to witnesses. Residents of the border region also continue to flee to neighboring Turkey, which is housing them in several refugee camps. Witnesses say

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US Calls Violence Against Protesters in Yemen ‘Appalling’

Source: VOA   The Obama administration has condemned shooting by Yemeni security forces against anti-government protesters that left at least 12 dead on Monday.   U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner called the violence in the cities of Taiz and

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China Tightens Restrictions on Foreign Journalists

Source: VOA – By Stephanie Ho Chinese authorities are tightening controls on foreign journalists, following the third week of calls for protests to show solidarity with the Jasmine Revolutions in the Middle East. Although there was no apparent demonstration last

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Saudi Arabia Bans All Protests

Source: VOA   Saudi Arabia has banned all protests following several small gatherings of demonstrators demanding change in the conservative kingdom. The country’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday on state television that security forces would use what it called “all measures”

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Bahrainis Protest Outside Parliament

Source: VOA Anti-government protesters in Bahrain rallied outside parliament Monday, in an effort to step up pressure on the nation’s monarchy to establish democratic reforms. Many also have called for the removal of the ruling al-Khalifa family. The protesters are

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Popular Protests Continue Against Many Arab Governments

 Source: VOA Popular protests engulfed large swathes of the Arab world after Friday prayers, as anti-government movements appear to gain momentum.  Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators turned out across the Arab world after Friday prayers to express anger at their

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