Annan Ends Syria Trip; No Deal

    Image #: 17222099    U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan enters a car on his way to meet Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus March 10, 2012. Annan arrived in Damascus on Saturday to press President al-Assad for a political solution to Syria's year-long uprising and bloody crackdown in which thousands of people have been killed.   REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /KHALED AL-HARIRI /LANDOV

    Khaled al-Hariri, Reuters / Landov

    No deal yet, but special United Nations envoy Kofi Annan said he was “optimistic” after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad again Sunday in Damascus in hopes of getting the regime to end a yearlong brutal crackdown on the opposition. Although he was confident in an agreement, he acknowledged that “it’s going to be tough.” But fresh violence erupted once again across the country—at least nine people were killed Sunday as government forces shelled towns like Idlib, and fighting continued in Aleppo, Homs, and the Damascus countryside, opposition activists said.

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