Syrian forces killed at least 25 people caught in clashes in the opposition-central city of Homs—one of the highest daily death tolls the city has seen in the country’s seven-month-old uprising. Monday’s unrest was triggered by the deployment of President Assad’s loyalist army men in Sunni Muslim districts, causing fresh tensions between the Homs’s Sunni majority and members of Assad’s Alawite sect. Fearing a full-blown civil war in the country, the Arab League offered on Sunday to host peace talks in Cairo between the opposition’s National Council and the president’s Damascus leadership, but both sides declined to meet.
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