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  • In this image taken on a cellphone by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold up an Arabic banner reading, "Enough killing, will not bow," during a demonstration in the village of Maarat Harma in northern Syria's Edlib province on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

    Syrian gunboats fire on coastal city; 19 killed

    Syrian gunboats firing heavy machine guns pounded impoverished districts of Latakia on Sunday, killing at least 19 people in a renewed assault on the Mediterranean coastal city, activists said.


  • This image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed via the Associated Press Television News on Aug. 11, 2011, shows a dead body on a street in Binnish, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News, via APTN)

    Syrian troops fire as thousands protest Assad

    Syrian soldiers opened fire Friday on tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the streets shouting for the ouster — and even the execution — of President Bashar Assad as his embattled regime tries to crush a 5-month-old uprising despite broad international condemnation.


  • An image made from amateur video released by Deir el-Zour Press News (DPN) and accessed via Associated Press Television News on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, shows Syrian tanks on the streets of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 9. 2011. Government troops seized control of the eastern flashpoint city  Wednesday following intense shelling and gunfire, an activist said. (AP Photo/DPN via APTN)

    Syrian troops kill 5 in restive town near Lebanon

    The Syrian army shot dead at least five people in a western town near the Lebanese border Thursday and stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border, activists said.


  • **FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press/SANA)

    White House adds presssure on Assad with more sanctions

    The White House on Wednesday said Syria would be "better off" without President Bashar Assad and leveled a new round of sanctions against the country's largest bank and cellphone company, slowly escalating pressure while the autocratic regime continues its crackdown on protesters.


  • An image made from amateur video released by Deir el-Zour Press News (DPN) and accessed via Associated Press Television News on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, shows Syrian tanks on the streets of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 9. 2011. Government troops seized control of the eastern flashpoint city  Wednesday following intense shelling and gunfire, an activist said. (AP Photo/DPN via APTN)

    Syrian government appears to have full control of Hama

    The streets of Hama, in central Syria, were deserted on Wednesday, and the city, which has come to symbolize defiance against the regime, appeared to be under full government control after last week's brutal crackdown on protesters.


  • Lebanese intellectuals and journalists protest during a vigil sit-in to show their support to the Syrian protesters who demonstrate against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, at the Martyrs square, in downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syria comes under global reproach for crackdown

    Syria's president held talks with neighboring Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday as the regime faced a chorus of global reproach, with envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa also heading to Damascus to press for an end to the violent crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.


  • In this photo taken during a government organized tour, a road is blocked in the central city of Hama, Syria, on Aug. 7, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Syrian defense minister replaced

    Syrian President Bashar Assad replaced his defense minister Monday with the army chief of staff in the midst of a brutal military crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising, the state-run news agency said.


  • In this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed via The Associated Press Television News on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, show protestors on the street in Deir el-Zour on Sunday Aug. 7, 2011. The besieged Syrian city of Deir el-Zour came under fresh artillery fire early Monday as a deadly military assault left President Bashar Assad's regime increasingly isolated, with Arab nations forcefully joining the international chorus of condemnation for the first time. The renewed violence in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour comes a day after at least 42 people were killed there in an intensifying government crackdown on protesters. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via APTN)

    Syrians flee to Jordan with stories of horror

    Syrians who have defied President Bashar Assad flee to the safety of Jordan with tales of torture and death at the hands of the dictator in Damascus.


  • Arab states pull diplomats from Syria

    Bahrain and Kuwait joined Saudi Arabia in recalling their ambassadors to Syria on Monday, further isolating Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad as he continues a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.


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