‘Friends of Syria’ Meet in Paris

    French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech at the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris, Friday, July 6, 2012. Syrian opposition leaders are pressing diplomats at an international conference for a no-fly zone over Syria, but the U.S. and its European and Arab partners are expected to focus on economic sanctions instead. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, Pool)

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    Over 100 countries sent representatives to Paris Friday to determine what can be done to end the violence that's been raging in Syria for over a year, resulting in close to 16,000 deaths. French President Francois Hollande opened the meeting by declaring Syria a threat to world peace and insisting that it is "a human and political necessity" to step in. As Syrian allies Russia and China block efforts to intervene, U.N. Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon plans to release a report on the U.N.'s monitoring mission in the country. A member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle, Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, has reportedly defected and fled to Turkey on Friday.

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