1. TURN UP THE HEAT

    France and Turkey Urge Syria Pressure

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    France and Turkey are calling on the international community to pressure Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to end the violence against its citizens. At least 15 people were killed Friday as the Syrian government continues its violent crackdown on opposition groups. While the Assad government said it would comply with the Arab League-pitched plan to end the violence and remove troops from civilian areas, civilians continue to be hurt and killed. The French and Turkish foreign ministers today requested that the Syrian opposition avoid armed retaliation in order to avoid a civil war.

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