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March 30, 2012 4:48 pm

Syria Violence Toughens UN, Annan Peace Mission

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UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan. Photo: wiki commons.

USA Today/AP – Clashes and protests broke out across many parts of Syria Friday, further complicating a peace mission by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan who urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the country’s yearlong crisis.

As angry protesters lamented inaction by Arab countries, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to work out how to help the opposition in talks with Saudi Arabia, the biggest advocate for arming the rebels against President Bashar Assad.

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