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France, Turkey call for greater pressure on Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – France and Turkey called on Friday for greater international pressure on Syria to end the violent crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, while activists said security forces shot dead five people protesting after weekly prayers. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he doubted Syria would respond…

Clashes rage in Syria between army, deserters

DAMASCUS — Clashes raged Thursday in Syria between troops and suspected army deserters as more civilians were reportedly killed in the crisis-hit country, a rights group said. On the diplomatic front the Arab League announced that Syrian authorities had agreed to allow a delegation to visit the country next week…