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What explains the anti-US protests?

...The truth is that there is no single explanation. One answer is that last year's wave of political uprisings, the so-called Arab Spring, is responsible. After all, protests began in Egypt, which last year became the most populous Arab democracy, and spread to Libya, which became the largest by area.


Syria sets out to draft new constitution

Syrians aiming to write a new constitution for the strife-torn country will meet for the first time on Monday, the state news agency reported Sunday, after a weekend of intense violence.


Syria's Assad: 'Earthquake' if West intervenes

Syria's Assad: 'Earthquake' if West intervenes

Western powers risk causing a major conflict in the Middle East if they intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad says in an interview with a British newspaper.


Syrian jets, tanks pound city of Homs

Syrian forces pounded the western city of Homs Saturday with jets and tanks, sustaining fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, activists told CNN.

Senh: How do civilians fight against that? Without international intervention, Syrians have no chance.


Syrian Security Forces Fire on Rallies, Killing 20

Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters and hunted them down in house-to-house raids, killing about 30 people in the deadliest day in weeks in the country's 7-month-old uprising, activists said.


Tunisia counts votes after first Arab Spring election

Tunisian election officials counted the votes Monday after the country's first free election, 10 months on from the moment Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in a protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.


U.N. rights chief: Syria risks 'full-blown civil war'

U.N. rights chief: Syria risks 'full-blown civil war'

The United Nations' top human-rights official assailed the Syrian government Friday for a campaign of "ruthless repression and killings" and called for the international community to take steps to prevent the nation from plunging into "full-blown civil war."


Va. man accused of working for Syrian intelligence

Va. man accused of working for Syrian intelligence

A Syrian-born, naturalized U.S. citizen has been indicted on charges of spying on American activists opposed to the Syrian regime.


U.S. urges Syrian president to 'step down now'

The United States called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "step down now" following the assassination of a prominent Kurdish opposition figure amid continuing violence in the nation.


Leading Syrian Opposition Figure Killed, and Another Publicly Beaten

A leading Kurdish political figure was shot to death in northern Syria, while a political dissident was brazenly beaten in the heart of the capital Damascus, activists said.


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