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  • Smoke billows after purported shelling by government forces in the Khaldiyeh district of Homs on Wednesday. A witness said security agents fired at protesters and a rights group reported that eight were wounded. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

    Syrian agents shoot 8 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 on Wednesday, a witness said.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Assange interviews Hezbollah leader in TV premiere

    The opening episode of Julian Assange's new talk show featured an interview with militant leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose Syria-backed Hezbollah militia is considered a terrorist organization in the United States and Europe.


  • 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.


  • Anti-regime activists in Syria cover their faces with scarves in the colors of the Syrian revolutionary flag last month as they prepare a protest banner that reads in Arabic, "How would a mother be happy in the Eid (mother's day) while in each home we have a martyr?" With 60 percent of the Arab world's population under 25, protesters say they are working not just for regime change but for the dreams of their generation, on hold for now. (Associated Press)

    Young activists put dreams on hold

    Last year, Khalid was a 19-year-old Syrian university student whose modest dreams were to land a job and earn enough to marry his girlfriend - not simple tasks, given Syria's weak economy and his lack of connections to the ruling elite.


  • Smoke billows from the purported shelling of Homs, Syria, in an image from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network 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.


  • 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.


  • Syria says it will abide by cease-fire but adds a caveat

    Syria promised to stop fighting in time for Thursday's deadline for a cease-fire brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan, but it also reserved the right to respond to any aggression, a hedge against any end in the fighting that has convulsed the nation for more than a year.


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