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  • ** FILE ** Syrian soldiers are seen through the damaged window of a military truck that was hit by a roadside bomb in Daraa, Syria, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The blast occurred just seconds after a team of U.N. observers passed by. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    U.N. team evacuated from tense Syrian town

    A team of international observers was evacuated Wednesday from a tense town in northern Syria a day after their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, a U.N. spokesman said.

  • This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed Thursday, April 12, 2012, purports to show a Syrian military armored vehicle in Idlib, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian protesters test fragile truce

    In the first major test of a U.N.-brokered truce, tens of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets Friday for anti-government protests, activists said. Security forces used live fire, tear gas and beat some protesters, but there was no immediate sign of widescale shelling, sniper attacks or other potential violations of the cease-fire.

  • Ahmad al-Qattan (center), Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the League of Arab States, attends the annual Arab League summit in Baghdad on March, 29, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Clinton, Saudi Arabia explore Syria crisis

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to work out a unified strategy on the crisis in Syria in talks with Saudi officials on Friday as further violence stymied U.N. efforts to convince Damascus to implement a cease-fire.

  • ** FILE ** In this July 13, 2008, file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma arrive for a formal dinner after a Mediterranean Summit meeting at the Petit Palais in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    EU slaps sanctions on Assad's wife, relatives

    EU foreign ministers have slapped sanctions on the wife and other close relatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad, freezing their assets and banning them from traveling to the EU in a continuing attempt to stop the violent crackdown on opposition, officials said Friday.

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