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  • Arab Druse Imad Merei wears a scarf with the portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad at his house in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights.

    Turmoil in Syria resonates in Gaza

    Druse in the Israeli-held Golan Heights have been turning out in thousands in shows of support for Syria's president as he faces anti-government protests.

  • Syrian women attend an anti-government protest in Banias, Syria, on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in this photo taken by a citizen journalist on a cellphone and acquired by the Associated Press. (AP Photo)

    Shots kill at least 3 at funeral for Syrian protester

    Gunmen opened fire during a funeral for a slain protester Sunday, killing at least three people on a day when tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide as part of an uprising against the country's authoritarian regime, witnesses said.

  • Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad stamp their fingerprints in their blood next to posters depicting him in a show of support, as they protest reformists in front the Syrian Embassy in Beirut this week. The opposition to Mr. Assad's rule is seeking a stronger U.S. diplomatic response. (Associated Press)

    White House rebuffs Syrian opposition

    The Obama administration has turned down a plea from Syria's democratic opposition to step up diplomatic pressure on President Bashar Assad, who has violently repressed peaceful anti-government protests.

  • Thousands of Syrian women and children holding white flags and olive branches blocked a main coastal highway in Banias, Syria, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, to demand that authorities release those detained in a crackdown on opponents of the Assad regime, witnesses said. (AP Photo)

    In new protest, Syrian women block main highway

    Thousands of Syrian women and children holding white flags and olive branches blocked a main coastal highway Wednesday, demanding authorities release people detained during a crackdown on opponents of the regime, witnesses said.

  • ** FILE ** In this image made from television, demonstrators march in Daraa, Syria, Friday, April 8, 2011. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Daraa on Friday, a city in the south of Syria that has become a flashpoint for anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo)

    Opposition figure: 2 Syrian villages under attack

    Pro-government gunmen launched an attack on two villages in Syria's northeast on Tuesday, two days after security forces shot dead four protesters in the same region, a leading Syrian opposition figure said.

  • Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad raise posters depicting the leader as they protest against pro-reform activists. Pro-government gunmen attacked two villages in a move to crush the uprising against Mr. Assad's regime, witnesses said. (Associated Press)

    Pro-government gunmen attack 2 Syrian villages, witnesses say

    Syrian troops took positions on rooftops and gunfire crackled for hours Tuesday as pro-government gunmen attacked two villages in northeastern Syria in a move to crush a popular uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, witnesses said.

  • A Syrian protester holds the national flag in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during a vigil calling for President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

    Witnesses: 4 protesters killed in key Syrian port city

    Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen killed four protesters Sunday in the port city of Banias after the army sealed off the city as hundreds of protesters gathered, undaunted by the regime's use of deadly force to quell more than three weeks of unrest, witnesses said.

  • ** FILE ** In this March 21, 2011, photo, Syrian army soldier steps out from the burned court building that was set on fire by Syrian anti-government protesters, in the southern city of Daraa, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    At least 20 killed in Syria protests

    A mass protest calling for sweeping changes in Syria's authoritarian regime turned bloody Friday, with the government and protesters both claiming to have sustained heavy casualties in a restive southern city as the country's three-week uprising entered a dangerous new phase.

  • Illustration: Democracy by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    ALLBAUGH: Piecemeal approach won't yield peaceful region

    It is always difficult in government - especially in crisis - to distinguish the urgent from the important, to put the immediate challenge in the context of a broader opportunity. But that is the job of the president and his administration, of Congress and ultimately, of the American people who elect them.

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