1. Middle East

    Syria Death Toll Tops 2,000

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right,  meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. in Damascus, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011.   Syria's president held talks with neighboring Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday as the regime faced a chorus of global reproach, with envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa also heading to Damascus to press for an end to the violent crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.  (AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Anatolian) TURKEY OUT

    Hakan Goktepe, Anatolian / AP Photo

    Recent violence in Syria has pushed the death toll over 2,000 people since political unrest began five months ago. Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries withdrew their ambassadors Monday, but the move seemed to have little effect on the Syrian government, which continued military operations across the country. Now Turkey too is calling for an end to the violence, sending its foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, to Syria to demand the government stop the killings.

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