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Syrian citizens walk in an alley of Hamidiyah popular market decorated by portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian flags in Damascus, Syria, on Oct. 5, 2011. European countries criticized Russia and China on Wednesday for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn't halt its crackdown on civilians. (Associated Press)
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Syrian citizens walk in an alley of Hamidiyah popular market decorated by portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian flags in Damascus, Syria, on Oct. 5, 2011. European countries criticized Russia and China on Wednesday for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn't halt its crackdown on civilians. (Associated Press)

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