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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | August 10, 2011

Syrian tanks stormed two northwestern towns near the border with Turkey on Wednesday, expanding a military offensive to crush protests, local residents said a day after Ankara pressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end killings of civilians.

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AFP | Herve Bar | August 9, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya — The United States has launched a diplomatic offensive against Libya among African nations as Tripoli accused NATO of a “massacre” of 85 villagers in air strikes in support of rebels.

American diplomats are visiting several African countries as part of efforts to urge leaders to press Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to leave power immediately, officials in Washington said on Tuesday. (more…)

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REUTERS | KhaledYacoub Oweis | August 9, 2o11

Syrian forces killed at least five civilians during raids on villages around the besieged city of Hama on Tuesday, broadening a 10 day offensive on the city to nearby countryside, local activists said.

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BBC | August 9, 2011

Syrian security forces have continued operations to crush protesters, even as the Turkish foreign minister pressed President Basharal-Assad to stop them.

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UPI | August 8, 2011

MOSCOW — Russia, on the anniversary of its war with Georgia, said the country’s president is “ill-bred” though it didn’t make the same claim against the Georgian people.

Russian forces responded when the Georgian military invaded the separatist republic of South Ossetia in 2008. The conflict spilled over to engulf forces from Abkhazia, another separatist republic. (more…)

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VOA News | Moby Media Updates| August 5, 2011

An anti-NATO demonstration in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul province turned violent Friday, when three Afghan civilians and a police officer were shot dead.

Afghan police say they were forced to fire into the crowd after insurgents infiltrated the protest in the town of Qalat and shot and killed a police officer. Officials say three civilians were killed when the police returned fire. (more…)

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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | August 7, 2011

 

At least 57 Syrian civilians were killed in armoured military assaults by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Sunday to crush a five-month uprising against his rule, a grassroots activists’ organisation said.

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