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  • Pro-Syrian-government demonstrators hold Baath party flags and a picture of President Bashar Assad at a rally at Sabe Bahrat Square in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, April 7, 2012, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Baath Arab Socialist Party. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syria scuttles peace plan with new demands

    A U.N.-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively collapsed Sunday after President Bashar Assad's government raised new, last-minute demands that swiftly were rejected by the country's largest rebel group.

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