1. BRUTAL

    Syrian Forces Kill 25 in Homs

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Syrian soldiers sitting atop a tank reading in Arabic "The soldiers of Assad" leave the eastern city of Deir Zor following a 10-day military operation on August 16, 2011. Syria has repeatedly said it is battling "armed gangs" -- a claim denied by rights groups who say the regime's crackdown on anti-government protests has killed 1,827 civilians since mid-March, while 416 security forces have also died. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian forces killed at least 25 people caught in clashes in the opposition-central city of Homs—one of the highest daily death tolls the city has seen in the country’s seven-month-old uprising. Monday’s unrest was triggered by the deployment of President Assad’s loyalist army men in Sunni Muslim districts, causing fresh tensions between the Homs’s Sunni majority and members of Assad’s Alawite sect. Fearing a full-blown civil war in the country, the Arab League offered on Sunday to host peace talks in Cairo between the opposition’s National Council and the president’s Damascus leadership, but both sides declined to meet.

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