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    Syria Arrests U.S.-Born Blogger

    Image #: 16196239    Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi speaks during a conference on youth journalism by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Cairo May 2011. Syrian authorities on December 4, 2011 arrested Ghazzawi, who was traveling to Jordan to attend a conference on freedom of the press in the region, her friends said. Ghazzawi, 30, is the latest among scores of bloggers and journalists arrested since the break out of street protests against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.   REUTERS/Handout  (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS HEADSHOT)       REUTERS/HO /LANDOV

    Reuters / Landov

    The Syrian government has detained Razan Ghazzawi, a U.S.-born blogger, and charged her trying to incite sectarian strife, spreading false information, and weakening national sentiment—charges that could carry a sentence of 15 years. Ghazzawi had been reporting on human-rights abuses and was arrested Dec. 4 at the border while trying to cross into Jordan for a conference on press freedom. Separately, the Syrian government killed at least 28 people Tuesday, at least two of whom were shot during a funeral procession in the city of Idlib.

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