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  • Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, weeklong crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Protesters burn government buildings in 2 Syrian towns

    A scenic seaside city echoed with gunfire Saturday as protesters defied government forces in Syria's second day of nationwide unrest, burning tires, attacking businesses and setting the offices of the ruling party aflame.

  • Syrian anti-government protesters ride their motorcycle past burning tires in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syria pledges to consider greater freedoms

    The Syrian government on Thursday pledged to consider lifting draconian restrictions on political freedom and civil liberties in an attempt to quell a week-long uprising that protesters sad has left dozens fatally shot by security forces.

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