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April 22, 2011 4:58 pm

Body Count Climbs in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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– At least 76 people were killed and dozens were injured when Syrian security forces fired live bullets and teargas to disperse “Good Friday” protests in several cities, witnesses reported.

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