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    KAMINSKI: Time to suspend Syria from the U.N.

    The United Nations estimates that since the Syrian uprising began a year ago, more than 9,000 Syrians have been killed. A recent assessment by Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliot Abrams puts the total number of Syrian refugees at almost a half-million. Worse, it appears that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces are continuing to torture, imprison and kill Syrian civilians.

  • In this image made from amateur video released by the Syrian Media Council and accessed Tuesday, April 10, 2012, smoke rises following purported shelling in Homs, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Syrian Media Council via AP video)

    Annan: No preconditions for end to Syria violence

    Syrian troops shelled and raided opposition strongholds nationwide on Tuesday, activists said, prompting an urgent appeal by international envoy Kofi Annan to the Syrian regime to halt violence and give his truce plan a chance.

  • Syrians chant slogans and wave revolutionary flags during a demonstration in Daraa, Syria, on Saturday, April 7, 2012, in a photo taken by a citizen journalist. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Syrians fire across 2 borders as conflict deepens

    The bloody conflict in Syria spilled across two borders Monday, killing a cameraman in Lebanon and wounding at least five people in a refugee camp in Turkey as gunfire flew across the tense frontiers, authorities said.

  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool)

    Annan decries 'atrocities' in Syria

    Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy on Syria, urged Syria's government on Sunday to implement fully its commitment to a cease-fire, and he condemned "a surge in violence and atrocities" that is occurring there.

  • Pro-Syrian-government demonstrators hold Baath party flags and a picture of President Bashar Assad at a rally at Sabe Bahrat Square in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, April 7, 2012, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Baath Arab Socialist Party. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syria scuttles peace plan with new demands

    A U.N.-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively collapsed Sunday after President Bashar Assad's government raised new, last-minute demands that swiftly were rejected by the country's largest rebel group.

  • This satellite image from Saturday, April 7, 2012, shows the presence of a military convoy in Zirdana, Syria, on April 5, right, next to imagery of the same area on April 4, showing no military convoy, according to information shown on the U.S. Embassy Damascus Facebook page. (AP Photo/U.S. Embassy Damascus via Facebook)

    U.S. warns Syria it can't deceive world over pullout

    The U.S. warned Syria it won't be able to deceive the world about compliance with a cease-fire that is just days away, as regime forces pounded more opposition strongholds Saturday in an apparent rush to crush resistance before troops must withdraw. Activists said more than 100 people were killed, including at least 87 civilians.

  • Mourners walk past open graves at a cemetery during the funeral for four people killed in a raid by government forces in a neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, April 5, 2012. Syrian troops launched a fierce assault Thursday, days ahead of a deadline for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, with activists describing it as one of the most violent attacks around the capital since the year-old uprising began.(AP Photo)

    Syria steps up offensives ahead of cease-fire

    Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad shelled two restive central cities and sent tanks and snipers into battle against rebels in the capital's suburbs on Friday, broadening an offensive that appeared aimed at crushing pockets of opposition less than a week before an internationally sponsored cease-fire is to take hold, activists said.

  • In this Wednesday, April 4, 2012, photo, Syrians raise their hands vowing to continue fighting until President Bashar Assad's regime falls during a protest in a neighborhood in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)

    Syrian troops attack Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops launched a fierce assault on a Damascus suburb Thursday, days ahead of a deadline for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, with activists describing it as one of the most violent attacks around the capital since the year-old uprising began.

  • Syrians wave revolutionary flags and chant slogans April 2, 2012, at a night protest against President Bashar Assad in a neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press)

    Red Cross pressing for aid access in Syria

    The International Committee of the Red Cross pressed Syria Tuesday to give aid workers access to civilians endangered by shelling and armed clashes while fresh violence raised doubts that President Bashar Assad's regime will adhere to a U.N. peace plan.

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