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  • Syrian protesters carry national flags as they shout slogans against President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Syria's army has carried out days of deadly assaults to crush protesters calling for the end of Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo)

    U.S. slaps Syria, Iran for killing protesters

    The Obama administration imposed financial sanctions on Syrian and Iranian domestic security forces in response to the killing of peaceful anti-government protesters in Syria.

  • Some Syrian refugees in Turkey say they are dedicated to continuing the fight for freedom from across the border. "We weren't ready earlier." one said. (Associated Press)

    Syrians discover new 'power of their voice'

    It's a familiar nightmare for Syrians. In 1982, Syria's military employed a "scorched-earth" policy to quell protests in the northern town of Hama, killing 25,000 people. But Syrian refugees now fleeing into Turkey say that although history appears to be repeating itself, the outcome will be different this time.

  • Mikhail Margelov (left), the Kremlin's Mideast envoy, welcomes a Syrian opposition delegation led by Washington-based rights activist Radwan Ziadeh (second from left) and Mulham Al-Droubi (third from left), one of the leaders of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood, prior to a meeting in Moscow on June 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Syrian opposition delegation visits Moscow

    A Kremlin Mideast envoy told a visiting Syrian opposition delegation on Tuesday that Russia sees no other friend in Syria than its people, saying "leaders come and go."

  • Embassy Row

    The State Department this week rejected demands for the recall of Ambassador Robert Ford from Syria, coming from top members of Congress who claimed his presence in Damascus is being used for "propaganda" by the Syrian regime to deflect attention from its brutal crackdown on dissent.

  • World Scene

    Iran on Monday unveiled underground silos that can hold missiles capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf as it began 10 days of war games, the country's latest show of military force amid a standoff with the West over its disputed nuclear program.

  • Turkish Red Crescent workers pitch tents in a new camp that can receive up to 15,000 Syrian refugees in Apaydin, Turkey, on Friday, June 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Activist: Syria kills 2 protesting after funerals

    Syrian forces opened fire at funerals for slain political protesters, a human rights activist said Sunday, leaving two more people dead as the government of President Bashar Assad tries to subdue weeks of demonstrations against the leader.

  • Syrian troops watch the Turkey-Syria border from their hilltop vantage point. Their military vehicle bears a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Writing on the wall under windows translates to "Only Allah and Bashar's Syria - Nothing else." (Associated Press)

    Opposition to meet in Damascus

    Three months into Syria's bloody political showdown, some 200 critics of President Bashar Assad's regime prepared to convene in an unprecedented opposition gathering Monday in Damascus after another deadly weekend for anti-government protesters.

  • Syrians living in makeshift tents inside Syria near the Turkish border village of Guvecci are seen shortly before Turkey's Red Cresdent distribute free food alongside Turkey-Syria border near the Turkish village of Guvecci in Hatay province, Turkey, on June 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Syrian troops push to border, villagers flee

    Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border Thursday in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.

  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, during which he vowed to present "an unprecedented example of democracy" in the country within three months. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syria foreign minister speaks of democracy

    Syria's foreign minister claimed Wednesday the Damascus government soon would present "an unprecedented example of democracy" in the troubled Middle East, a bold assertion for an embattled regime that has kept a hard-line authoritarian grip on its people for decades.

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