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  • ** FILE ** Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa talks to journalists during a joint press conference with Italian Premier Romano Prodi at the Chigi Palace in Rome in 2007. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Syrian vice president: No one can win civil war

    Syria's vice president has said that neither the Syria army nor the anti-government rebels can win the 21-month-long civil war that has claimed 40,000 lives, the highest-ranking official in President Bashar Assad's government to suggest publicly that the longtime authoritarian regime cannot succeed.

  • **FILE** Former Algerian foreign affairs minister Lakhdar Brahimi attends the Ambrosetti economic forum in Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, on Sept. 4, 2009. (Associated Press)

    Syria welcomes Algerian Brahimi as Annan successor

    The Syrian government on Saturday welcomed the naming of a former Algerian diplomat as the U.N.'s new point-man in efforts to halt the country's escalating civil war. Activists reported more shelling by regime troops, including an air attack on a northern border town where scores died earlier this week.

  • Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa (third from left), with less prominent opposition figures, attends the opening session of government-sponsored reform talks in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. The banner reads, "National dialogue consultative meeting, July 10-11, 2011." (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syrian VP calls for transition to democracy

    Syria's vice president on Sunday called for a transition to democracy and credited protesters with forcing the regime to consider reforms.

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