Middle East

Syrian military assaults intensify on Homs, 16 killed

Protesters take part in a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, near the border with Iraq, July 16, 2011. Syrian opposition factions meeting in Istanbul on Saturday formed a broad-based council in the hope of creating a government-in-waiting to fill a void if street protests succeed in toppling Assad.





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