U.N. Secretary ‘Troubled’ By Syria

    Image #: 16366777    epa03042377 A handout photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrians performing funeral prayers next to flag-draped coffins with the bodies of victims killed in a suicide attack a day earlier, during funeral processions at Umayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria, 24 December 2011. According to SANA, 44 people were killed and 166 injured in a twin suicide blast a day earlier targeting intelligence agencies in Damascus. Syria held al-Qaida responsible for the bombings, the first in Damascus since the eruption of unrest in mid-March.  EPA/SANA/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES /LANDOV

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    Syrian activists said that up to 70 people were killed in the city of Hama as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the ongoing troop violence there, saying he “remains deeply troubled” by the attacks. State media refuted the death toll of 70, saying instead that only 16 people died in what it called an “armed terrorist group's” bomb factory. The Arab League also said Thursday that it would ask the U.N. to “act immediately” to protect Syrian civilians.

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