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  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 14, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Pressure mounts on Assad amid crackdown

    Jordan's King Abdullah said Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down, making him the first Arab ruler to issue such a call over the regime's deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.


  • "If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life."
- Jordan's King Abdullah

    Jordan's king urges Syria's Assad to step down

    Jordan's King Abdullah said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down, making him the first Arab ruler to issue such a call over the regime's deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.


  • Pro-Syrian regime protesters shout slogans and hold portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 13, 2011, against the Arab League decision to suspend Syria. (Associated Press)

    With Arab vote, isolation, pressure piles on Syria

    Syria's embattled regime called for an urgent Arab summit Sunday as it faced growing isolation — not only by the West but by its neighbors — amid mounting pressure to end its bloody crackdown against an eight-month uprising.


  • Yussef al-Ahmad, Syria's ambassador to the Arab League, is surrounded by cameramen during the Arab League emergency session on Syria at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov.12, 2011. The Arab League has voted to suspend Syria from all meetings until it implements a plan to end bloodshed. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Arab League votes to suspend Syria over bloodshed

    The Arab League voted Saturday to suspend Syria in four days and warned the regime could face sanctions if it does not end its bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters. The decision was a symbolic blow to a nation that prides itself on being a powerhouse of Arab nationalism.


  • Syrian protesters throw eggs at Abdul-Aziz al-Khair (left), a member of the Syrian National Coordination Committee, and other opposition leaders as they try to enter Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Wednesday. They were supposed to hold talks with the organization's chief on violence in Syria. (Associated Press)

    Syrian opposition leaders pelted with eggs

    Angry Syrian protesters pelted a group of opposition leaders with eggs outside Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Wednesday, preventing them from entering the building for talks with the organization's chief about the violence in Syria.


  • Protesters chant slogans Nov. 2, 2011, during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, held in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo. (Associated Press)

    Syrian troops fire during protests; 13 killed

    Syrian security forces killed 13 people Friday in strikes against thousands of protesters who took to the streets to test whether President Bashar Assad's regime would abide by an Arab League plan to end violence, activists said.


  • Protesters wave a large Syrian flag during a demonstration against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in front of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Syrian tanks fire on Homs in defiance of Arab-brokered deal

    Syrian tanks mounted with machine guns fired on a city at the center of the country's uprising Thursday, defying a day-old agreement between the Syrian government and the Arab League to end nearly eight months of bloodshed, activists said.


  • Syrian army positions are pictured on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, near the border town of Serhaniyeh, Lebanon, whose residents say troops have laid mines nearby over the past several days. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Syria mining border with Lebanon

    Syria is planting landmines along parts of the country's border with Lebanon as refugees stream out of the country to escape the crackdown on anti-government protests, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.


  • Syrians carry their belongings as they return to Syria from Arida in northern Lebanon on Monday. (Associated Press)

    Syria mining areas near Lebanese border

    Syria is planting land mines along parts of the country's border with Lebanon as refugees stream out of the country to escape the crackdown on anti-government protests, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.


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