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While delegates at a United Nations meeting on Tuesday were told that more than 7,500 people have died in Syria since the uprising began in the country 11 months ago, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told a Senate subcommittee that President Bashar al-Assad fits the definition of a war criminal. But, Clinton said, an official designation by the international community may make it more difficult for Assad to step down from power. As pro-Assad forces continued to rain shells down on the city of Homs, a new resolution to send humanitarian aid to Syria gained life in the U.N. as China, which had vetoed similar previous measures, said it favored “creating conditions” for aid.