1. Desperate

    UN: Syria Violence Worsening

    Syrian youth stand in a building damaged by tank shells in a neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, after a raid by Syrian troops killed several rebels and civilians Thursday, April 5, 2012. Syrian troops launched a fierce assault Thursday, days ahead of a deadline for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, with activists describing it as one of the most violent attacks around the capital since the year-old uprising began. (AP Photo)

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    United Nations Special Envoy Kofi Annan said Thursday that the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening, even after the government agreed to pull troops out of civilian areas. Clashes occurred just a few miles from Damascus following President Bashar al-Assad saying that the government was complying with the cease-fire plan. The U.N. Security Council requested that the Syrian government hold to the April 10 deadline to remove the military from the country’s major cities. Annan said the Assad government indicated to him they will keep to the timeline, but noted that more far-reaching changes are needed.

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