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Syria's president held talks with neighboring Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday as the regime faced a chorus of global reproach, with envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa also heading to Damascus to press for an end to the violent crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.
Syria's embattled president said Monday his regime would consider political reforms, including ending his Baath Party's monopoly in politics, as he clings to power in the face of a growing, nationwide protest movement that refuses to die.
In 2008, a daring and ambitious journalist returned to his old stomping grounds in Afghanistan to secure the final interviews for a new book about an all-too-familiar topic: "the failing American attempt to bring stability to the region since 2001." Instead, David Rohde was abducted by the Haqqani clan, a criminal network allied with the Taliban and al Qaeda.
BEIRUT — Assassins armed with a powerful car bomb shook West Beirut yesterday, killing an anti-Syrian member of parliament and at least nine others in the latest shock to Lebanon"s fragile political system. Eleven persons were wounded.
If (Syrian President Bashar) Assad had said, 'I'd like to keep 20 percent, 50 percent or 80 percent of my chemical weapons capability,' you would have refused — and correctly so."
"We have evidence that terrorist groups used sarin gas," Mr. Assad told Fox News, referring to the insurgents seeking to topple his regime.