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22 killed in Syria as pressure mounts on Assad - Channel News Asia #Syria #fb

DAMASCUS - Security forces in Syria shot dead at least 22 people in operations across the country on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as pressure mounted on the regime to end the crackdown. The latest deaths came after UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for "coherent" global action over President Bashar al-Assad's deadly response to dissent, as dissidents marked six months of anti-regime protests in Syria. And Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Libya on the final leg of an "Arab Spring" tour, lashed out at Assad, telling him the era of oppressive dictators is past. Erdogan is expected in New York next week, and the White House said President Barack Obama would discuss with him the crisis in Syria and wider turmoil in the Middle East. Four people were shot dead by security forces in Damascus and its environs, nine in the central cities of Hama and...

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