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SYRIAN troops backed by tanks and helicopters have captured a high-profile mosque that had been controlled by residents in the besieged southern city of Deraa, killing at least four people.
The United Nations' human rights body has condemned Syria for using deadly force against peaceful protesters and launched an investigation into the killings.
THOUSANDS of Syrians chanting "We aren't afraid!" took to the streets yesterday, calling for President Bashar Assad's downfall and pledging support for the besieged southern city of Daraa, at the centre of the revolt, where army tanks and snipers are trying to crush a six-week uprising.
THE Syrian ambassador's invitation to the royal wedding has been withdrawn, the Foreign Office announced today.
FOREIGN Secretary William Hague today condemned "utterly" the bloody crackdown on protests in Syria and called for an end to violent repression.
SYRIAN security forces fired on tens of thousands of mourners during funeral processions, killing at least nine people as the mounting death toll prompted two Syrian politicians and a religious leader to resign in disgust.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the killing of dozens of pro-democracy campaigners by Syrian security forces.
Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at pro- democracy demonstrations across the country yesterday, reportedly killing at least 72 people - one a young boy - in one of the bloodiest days of the uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime.
Syria's government approved the lifting of the country's nearly 50-year-old state of emergency yesterday, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claim reforms but maintain his hard-line rule.
Thousands of Syrians chanted slogans calling for greater freedom at Independence Day rallies yesterday, witnesses said, a day after President Bashar al-Assad promised to lift emergency law.
A DEMONSTRATION at Damascus University turned violent yesterday when Syrian security forces raided the gathering, killing one student, as the country's three-week uprising gathered strength, activists said.
SYRIAN security forces opened fire on thousands of mourners yesterday in the southern border city of Deraa, following a mass funeral for 37 pro-democracy protesters killed on Friday.
Syrian security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters across several cities yesterday, killing at least 20 people, wounding hundreds and forcing residents to turn mosques into makeshift hospitals, witnesses and a human rights group said.
Thousands of Syrians shouting "We want freedom!" took to streets round the country yesterday, defying security forces who tried to clear them with gunfire, tear gas, and baton charges. At least three people were killed, bringing the toll from two weeks of protests to at least 75.
Syria's president will cling to his hereditary dictatorship, no matter what the cost to his people, writes Stephen McGinty
POLICE and soldiers pulled back from the southern city of Deraa yesterday and hundreds of political prisoners were set free in an attempt to quell rising anger in the wake of a government crackdown which left dozens dead.
Protests spread across Syria yesterday, challenging the rule of the Assad family after government forces killed dozens of demonstrators in the south.
Syrian police launched an onslaught yesterday on an area sheltering anti-government protesters, killing at least 15 in an operation that lasted nearly 24 hours, witnesses said.