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  • Syrian army defectors celebrate with the Syrian revolution flag shortly after they joined the anti-regime protesters in Homs province on Thursday, the same day Syrian troops stormed a suburb of Damascus as the 10-month uprising inches ever closer to the capital. "A fierce battle is taking place, and troops are shelling areas with heavy machine gunfire," an activist said. (Associated Press)

    Syrian troops storm Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops stormed a flash point suburb of Damascus on Thursday, rounding up people in house-to-house raids and clashing with army defectors, activists said, as the 10-month-old uprising inches ever closer to the capital.


  • Ant-Syrian regime protesters wave Syrian revolution flags and shout slogans during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Assad, at Bayada area in Homs province, central Syria, on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012. Government forces clashed with army defectors and stormed rebellious districts in central Syria on Wednesday, firing mortars and deploying snipers in violence that killed at least seven people, including a mother and her 5-year-old child, activists said. (AP Photo)

    Activists: Syrian troops shell central city

    Syrian government forces stormed restive districts of a central city on Wednesday, firing mortars and deploying snipers in an assault that killed at least one person, activists said.


  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

    Russia to keep blocking U.N. sanctions on Syria

    Russia will stonewall any U.N. sanctions on Syria and will push for a quick start of talks between the Syrian government and the country's opposition, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.


  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Activists: Syrian troops shell central city

    Government forces stormed restive districts of a central Syrian city on Wednesday, firing mortars and deploying snipers in an assault that killed at least one person, activists said.


  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Foreign minister: Syria has duty to confront armed groups

    Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday that "half the universe" is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of violence.


  • Syria rejects Arab League plan to end growing crisis

    Syria rejected the Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis, saying Monday that the league's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty as violence raged.


  • Inside Politics

    Civil rights leaders bothered by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's stance on issues such as requiring voters to show their IDs at the polls are reminding the governor she is a minority, too.


  • Syrian army defectors gather at the mountain resort town of Zabadani, Syria, near the Lebanese border, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. President Bashar Assad's forces attacked Zabadani for six days, sparking fierce fighting that involved heavy bombardments and clashes with the defectors. (AP Photo)

    Arab League extends Syria mission for another month

    A clash between Syrian forces and army defectors erupted Sunday in a suburb of the tightly held capital of Damascus, adding urgency just as the Arab League was extending an observers' mission that so far has failed to end long months of bloody violence.


  • Lebanese and Syrian activists hold Syrian revolutionary flags on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, during a candlelight vigil in downtown Beirut in mourning Syrians killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March. The banner in Arabic reads, "2012 Syria is free." (Associated Press)

    Syrian exiles smuggling weapons, goods to revolutionaries

    Syrian dissidents based in Lebanon have stepped up efforts to help the opposition in their country by smuggling medicine, satellite phones, cameras and weapons into Syria — and refugees and injured fighters out.


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