U.N. Observers Visit Homs

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a UN observer, left, speaks with Syrian citizens during their visit to the pro-Syrian regime neighborhoods, in Homs province, central Syria, on Monday April 23, 2012. United Nations observers monitoring Syria's shaky cease-fire visited a string of rebellious Damascus suburbs Monday, while the European Union looked set to levy new sanctions to increase the pressure on President Bashar Assad's regime. (AP Photo/SANA)

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    Members of an advance team of United Nations observers on Sunday toured Homs, Syria, a city that saw some of the heaviest violence as regime forces clashed with a popular opposition. The observers are in the country to maintain a tenuous peace brokered by the U.N. that was supposed to take hold April 12, though fighting has continued. Thirty-two people were killed Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Neeraj Singh, a spokesman for the U.N. mission, told reporters that observers are now permanently stationed in Homs and other hotspots. “I think things have been moving as fast as possible,” Singh said.

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