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  • Slaughter of civilians denied by Assad forces

    Syria on Sunday denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that left scores dead and brought immediate international condemnation, while the International Committee of the Red Cross said it now considers the conflict in the country a civil war.

  • Protesters chant slogans against the Syrian regime and Russia's support of President Bashar Assad as they hold a burned banner depicting Mr. Assad (right) and his brother, Maher Assad (left), in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

    Russia clings to a crucial power base in Syria uprising

    Russia would lose a source of revenue and a Middle East power base if Syrian President Bashar Assad falls — two reasons why Moscow has armed the regime and blocked votes to let the United Nations punish Damascus.

  • ** FILE ** In this June 12, 2012 photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton's charge that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syria has escalated the war of words between the former Cold War foes, precisely when Washington had hoped to court Moscow's support for a transition plan to end the Assad regime. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Russia, U.S. quarrel over aid to Syrian parties

    The diplomatic battle between the U.S. and Russia over Syria escalated Wednesday, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling on Russia to stop arming the embattled regime and Moscow charging the U.S. of providing weapons to the Syrian opposition.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

    Russia urges Syria's Assad to start troop pullout

    Syria's government must take the first step toward settling the country's conflict by pulling troops from city streets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday, raising pressure on an old ally.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with an Arab official as she arrives to join foreign ministers from dozens of countries gathered in Istanbul on Sunday, April 1, 2012, to set conditions for a new Syria. (AP Photo)

    Clinton doubts that Assad is interested in peace

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Sunday about whether President Bashar Assad would ever adhere to a U.N.-sponsored peace plan to end Syria's year of bloodshed, and she urged world solidarity against a regime that she said was waging war on its own people.

  • 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.

  • Syrian rebels take position during clashes with government forces in Idlib, Syria, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Syrian forces take rebel stronghold near Turkey

    The Syrian army has recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months, a pro-government newspaper and an activist group said Tuesday.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies Feb. 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill on the State Department's fiscal 2013 budget. (Associated Press)

    Clinton: Syria's Assad fits war criminal category

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Syria's President Bashar Assad fits the definition of a war criminal.

  • Pro-Syrian demonstrators protest Feb. 24, 2012, outside the Cartago Hotel where the Conference on Syria is held in Tunis, Tunisia. (Associated Press)

    Obama pledges continued pressure on Syria

    President Obama on Friday declared the U.S. and its allies would use "every tool available" to stop the slaughter of innocent people in Syria, using his most forceful words to date in response to an increasingly grim crisis that has gripped the world.

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