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'Al Qaeda attacks' in Damascus kill dozens, says Syria's state media

Some military personnel were killed, but the majority of victims were civilians, according to state news agency SANA. Its report was accompanied by graphic photos of corpses and body parts.

Syria agrees to let Arab League observers oversee peace deal

Syria asked for some amendments to the protocol to protect its sovereignty, Syria's foreign minister said, but promised that observers would be allowed to move freely under the protection of the Syrian government—with the exception of military sites.

Top Goon: Puppet drama lampoons Syria's Bashar al-Assad

BEIRUT — Since its launch on YouTube two weeks ago, "Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator," has received more than 40,000 views and garnered lavish praise and occasional furious outbursts from audiences.

Bashar al-Assad interview: Syrian president 'not guilty' about protest deaths

"You feel sorry for the lives that have been lost," said President al-Assad. "But you don't feel guilty when you don't kill people."

Syria: UN calls for 'urgent' action to prevent civil war

"The Syrian authorities’ continual ruthless repression, if not stopped now, can drive the country into a full-fledged civil war," said UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay.

UN accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

The United Nations has accused the Syrian government of crimes against humanity for its violent repression of ongoing protests, in a report released Monday.

Bashar al-Assad: 'Syria will not bow down'

Foreign military intervention in Syria would send an "earthquake" across the Middle East, President Bashar al-Assad warned.

Syria to allow in Arab League observers - reports

Damascus is reported to have suggested some changes to the Arab League's proposal for an observer mission, in order to protect its "sovereignty and dignity."

Syria suspended from Arab League, organization confirms

The Arab League also gave the Syrian government three days to respond to peace plan that would involve sending monitors to Syria.

Kim Jong Il writes to Syria's Assad

To extend congratulations and say he hopes all is well.

Dear Leader,

Hi. It's me, Emily, again. I thought to write to you today because I saw that you're also sending some warm holiday messages of your own.

According to state-run KCNA media, you wrote to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to send your well wishes on the 41st anniversary of the corrective movement in Syria.

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