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  • This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, purports to show smoke rising from buildings in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)

    Assad's agents fire at Syrian protesters near U.N. monitors

    Plainclothes Syrian security agents opened fire at anti-regime protesters near the cars of U.N. monitors in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, a witness said. Amateur video showed people ducking for cover as gunshots rang out.

  • Druze man rides a horse while holding a knife and a photograph of Syrian President Bashar Assad on April 17, 2012, during Syria's Independence Day in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, near the border with Syria and Israel. (Associated Press)

    Shots fired in Syria town during U.N. observer visit

    Two vehicles carrying U.N. truce monitors sped away from a large crowd of Syrian anti-regime protesters Wednesday when what sounded like a gunshot rang out in a Damascus suburb they were touring, according to amateur video posted online.

  • The Inshaat neighborhood in the opposition stronghold of Homs shows the results of regime shelling. More than 9,000 have died in the 13-month uprising. (Associated Press)

    Truce tearing in Syria as attacks rise

    The Syrian regime widened artillery attacks on opposition strongholds Tuesday in another sign that the U.N.-brokered cease-fire is quickly unraveling despite the presence of foreign observers, activists said.

  • U.N. observers, led by Moroccan Col. Ahmed Himmiche (left), leave the Sheraton Hotel in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    World powers cling to Syria truce despite violence

    Even with dozens reported dead over the past two days, the world powers struggling to stop Syria's bloodshed are reluctant to declare the cease-fire dead.

  • "We will start our mission as soon as possible and we hope it will be a success," says Col. Ahmed Himmiche (foreground) of Morocco before he and other U.N. observers leave a hotel in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (Associated Press)

    Syria must allow observers full access, U.N. chief declares

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that the Syrian government is responsible for guaranteeing U.N. observers full freedom of movement to monitor the country's tenuous cease-fire, which activists say appeared to be unraveling as regime forces pounded the opposition stronghold of Homs.

  • This image made from amateur video and released by Bambuser on Saturday, April 14, 2012, purports to show smoke from shelling in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Bambuser via AP Video)

    Syrian truce eroding as first U.N. monitors head to Damascus

    Syria's 4-day-old cease-fire appeared to be eroding quickly on Sunday, with regime forces firing dozens of tank shells and mortar rounds at neighborhoods in the opposition stronghold of Homs, hours before the arrival of a first team of U.N. truce monitors.

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks via telephone to with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan from his hotel room in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, April 12, 2012, the deadline for the cease-fire in Syria. (AP Photo/The United Nations, Evan Schneider)

    U.N. approves first observers for Syria

    For the first time since the Syrian conflict began more than a year ago, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday united behind a legally binding resolution calling for violence to end immediately and peace talks to begin.

  • This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed Thursday, April 12, 2012, purports to show a Syrian military armored vehicle in Idlib, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Syrian protesters test fragile truce

    In the first major test of a U.N.-brokered truce, tens of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets Friday for anti-government protests, activists said. Security forces used live fire, tear gas and beat some protesters, but there was no immediate sign of widescale shelling, sniper attacks or other potential violations of the cease-fire.

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a news conference Thursday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)

    U.N.-brokered truce in Syria called 'fragile'

    BEIRUT | A "fragile" cease-fire brokered by the U.N. took hold in Syria on Thursday with regime forces apparently halting widespread attacks on the opposition.

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