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    Arab League Delays Syria Suspension

    Arab League members, with from left to right at front, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Morocco's Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri, Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim and Egyptian's Nabil Al Arabi President of Arab League, as they attend the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.  Foreign ministers from the 22-member Arab League nations on Wednesday are expected to formalize their weekend decision to suspend Syria for refusing to end its bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters.  (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

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    The Arab League said last Saturday it would suspend Syria from its ranks, but has it? The Associated Press thinks so, saying the organization confirmed Wednesday that it has suspended Syria and given its government three days to end violence—what it calls “a surprisingly harsh and highly unusual move.” The New York Times, however, says the three-day extension is a “surprise reprieve” that “effectively delayed Syria’s suspension.” The League is hoping Syria will use the extra time to withdraw troops from cities, stop firing on protesters, and accept civilian and military monitors. The group has not said what will happen if Syria refuses.

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