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  • June 11, 2012  

    Violence in Syria surged Monday as government and opposition forces escalated their use of lethal weapons. Shelling continued in Homs, killing at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • June 8, 2012  

    Friday morning brought a new barrage of shelling in the Syrian city of Homs. Also, U.N. monitors saw evidence of multiple killings in a small town where activists reported a massacre. They said they found flesh, blood and piles of ash but no bodies. NPR’s Deborah Amos joins Ray Suarez by phone from Damascus. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012  

    U.N. observers in Syria said Thursday that they were blocked from accessing the scene of another alleged mass killing — and even fired upon. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned the threat of civil war there is “imminent and real.” Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012  

    “Syria cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until [President] Assad goes,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday, calling the latest near massacre “unconscionable.” Ray Suarez and The Washington Post’s Colum Lynch discuss the latest diplomatic maneuvering over Syria at the United Nations. Continue reading

  • May 29, 2012  

    Part of a wave of revulsion over the slaughter of at least 108 people in the Syrian region of Houla, the United States and other nations expelled Syrian diplomats on Tuesday. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • May 29, 2012  

    Responding to Syria’s weekend massacre, United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan met with President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday — asserting that the country had reached “a tipping point” in bloodshed. Judy Woodruff and Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer discuss ongoing global debate over how to stop the violence inside the country. Continue reading

  • May 28, 2012  

    United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria’s capital Damascus Monday, condemning a weekend massacre that killed at least 108 people in the village of Houla. Ray Suarez and Alex Thomson of Independent Television News, reporting from Homs, discuss the attacks amid a languishing U.N. cease-fire agreement. Continue reading

  • May 28, 2012  

    In the aftermath of a weekend massacre in Syria, United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan arrived Monday in Damascus, condemning the “appalling crime.” Heavy artillery and tank fire killed at least 108 in Houla, a collection of villages northwest of Homs. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • May 15, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of putting the economy on a disastrous course by increasing federal spending and debt. In Syria, a roadside bomb struck a convoy that was part of the United Nations’ observer mission. Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012  

    Twin bombings tore through the Syrian capital of Damascus Thursday, in the deadliest attacks since the uprising began last year — killing at least 55 people and wounding more than 370, according to state media. There were claims and counterclaims about the blame for the attacks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading