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  • Children hold a handmade Syrian flag during a protest against President Bashar Assad's speech in a refugee camp across the border in Yayladagi, Turkey. Mr. Assad said Monday that his regime would consider political reforms, but opponents said his words lacked any clear sign of a transition to democracy. (Associated Press)

    Syrian refugees test ties with Turkey

    Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have crossed into Turkey, and thousands more are camped along the border, straining relations between the two Muslim nations and threatening a massive humanitarian crisis, international aid officials and regional analysts say.

  • Refugee women look out from their tented home inside a Syrian refugee camp just at the border in Turkey near Turkish village of Boynuyogun in Hatay province, Turkey, on June 18, 2011, during a press tour organized by the Turkish authorities. (Associated Press)

    Syrian army cuts off lifeline to thousands

    Syrian troops combing through restive villages near the Turkish border set fire to homes and a bakery Sunday, cutting off a lifeline to thousands of uprooted people stranded in miserable open-air encampments.

  • Refugee children look out from a fence, from inside a Syrian refugee camp just at the border in Turkey near Turkish village of Boynuyogun in Hatay province, Turkey, Friday, June 18, 2011, during a press tour organized by the Turkish authorities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Syrian army attacks village near Turkish border

    Syrian troops backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village near the Turkish border Saturday, the latest in a series of intensified army operations in the northwest where there have been heavy clashes between loyalist troops and defectors.

  • A makeshift camp set up by Syrians waiting to enter Turkey is seen near the village of Guvecci, Hatay province, Turkey, Friday, June 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Syrian security forces shoot dead 16 protesters

    Syrian security forces killed at least 16 people Friday, including a teenage boy, as thousands of people poured into the streets across the country calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, activists said.

  • Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey

    U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie traveled to Turkey's border with Syria on Friday, sharing fruit and dessert with some of the thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled their government's bloody crackdown.

  • Syrian expatriates warn against foreign military intervention

    Syrian protesters are urging their colleagues in the West to oppose calls for foreign military intervention, as U.S. senators push President Obama to take a stronger stand against the 12-week-old Syrian crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

  • Syrian refugees are seen in a camp, in Boynuyogun, Turkey, on June 14, 2011. According to the Turkish Prime Minister's office, the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey stands at more than 8.500 people. (Associated Press)

    Syrian tanks, troops extend reach in border areas

    Syrian tanks pushed toward more towns and villages near the Turkish and Iraqi borders on Tuesday, expanding the crackdown against a 12-week uprising to the north and east as more Syrians flee their homes.

  • Syrian blog hoaxer says sorry, but anger remains

    A 40-year-old American man living in Scotland said Monday he's sorry for posing as a Syrian lesbian blogger who offered vivid accounts of life amid revolt and repression in Damascus, a hoax that has exposed the difficulty of sifting truth from fiction online.

  • **FILE** In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media, Syrian soldiers and armored vehicles arrive in Istabraq village near the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour, Syria, on June 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Syrian army regains control of restive border town

    Under the rattle of heavy gunfire and loud explosions, Syrian troops on Sunday regained control of a restive northwestern town, clashing with mutinous soldiers whose decision to side with armed protesters posed a potent threat to the authoritarian regime.

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