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  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) walks with Syrian counterpart, Naji al-Otari. He has urged Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to step down. (Associated Press)

    Turkey seeks bigger role on world stage

    Turkey's evolving responses to the war in Libya are just the latest indication of its goal to be a power broker on the world stage — one that balances its alliances to Mideast leaders such as Col. Gadhafi with calls for them to reform in the face of street revolts.


  • Thousands mourn dead as Syrian premier appointed

    Thousands of Syrians marched through a Damascus suburb Sunday in funerals for those killed in new protests, as the president appointed a former agriculture minister to form a new government as part of limited gestures to those calling for sweeping political change.


  • The Syrian official news agency SANA released this photo of President Bashar Assad surrounded by supporters after a speech Wednesday in Damascus. "If a battle is imposed on us today, we welcome it," he said. (SANA via Associated Press)

    Syria's Assad orders study of emergency laws

    Facing a massive protest movement demanding reform, Syria's president set up committees Thursday to look into the deaths of civilians during nearly two weeks of unrest and at replacing decades-old emergency laws.


  • The Syrian official news agency SANA released this photo of President Bashar Assad surrounded by supporters after a speech Wednesday in Damascus. "If a battle is imposed on us today, we welcome it," he said. (SANA via Associated Press)

    Assad calls protests the work of 'conspirators'

    Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed "conspirators" Wednesday for an extraordinary wave of dissent against his authoritarian rule, but he failed to lift the country's despised emergency law or offer any concessions in his first speech since the protests began nearly two weeks ago.


  • Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syria's Assad blames protests on 'conspirators'

    Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed "conspirators" Wednesday for an extraordinary wave of dissent against his authoritarian rule, but he failed to lift the country's despised emergency law or offer any concessions in his first speech since the protests began nearly two weeks ago.


  • The Syrian government mobilized people loyal to President Bashar Assad at rallies across the country Tuesday, including a massive gathering in Damascus, to show that the embattled leader's regime has wide support. The same day, Mr. Assad fired his Cabinet and promised an end to emergency laws in an attempt to placate dissenters. (Associated Press)

    Assad offers concessions amid unrest

    Facing an extraordinary wave of popular dissent, Syrian President Bashar Assad fired his Cabinet on Tuesday and promised to end widely despised emergency laws.


  • Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, waves Syrian flag as she looks to the crowed who demonstarte to show their support for their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pledging allegiance for President Bashar Assad as he faces the biggest challenge to his 11-year rule, hundreds of thousands of Syrians gathered in a central Damascus square Tuesday, waving his pictures and chanting support. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest

    Syria's Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East.


  • Embassy Row

    A potential Republican presidential candidate complained this week about the "naivete" of the Obama administration's policy toward Syria and urged the White House to recall the U.S. ambassador from Damascus.


  • Assad to address Syrians as death toll climbs, street demonstrations continue

    Syrian security forces fired tear gas on thousands of protesters Monday in a restive southern city as President Bashar Assad faced down the most serious threat to his family's four decades of authoritarian rule.


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