In this frame grab from an amateur video posted on YouTube, members of the Arab League monitor violence in the Syrian city of Homs this week. YouTube hide caption

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Syrian security forces shot Rabih al-Zain, a 30-year-old Syrian, while he was trying to help wounded civilians in Homs, Syria. Doctors and ordinary Syrians and Lebanese are helping treat the wounded, putting their own safety at risk. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi (far left) meets with foreign ministers of the Arab League in Cairo on Nov. 27. The group imposed tough sanctions against Syria at that meeting, but is now wavering when it comes to implementing them. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Srdja Popovic, who runs the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, speaks in Belgrade in February. He played a prominent role in ousting Serbia's dictator in 2000, and has worked with Arabs involved in uprisings in their countries during the past year. Darko Vojinovic/AP hide caption

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U.S. Vice President Biden (right) and Turkish President Abdullah Gul meet in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday. Biden praised Turkey for putting pressure on neighboring Syria to stop its bloody crackdown of protesters. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/AP hide caption

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Anti-government protesters march in the village of Amouda, Syria on Sept. 30. For many Syrians, the protests mark the first time they have taken part in anything resembling politics.

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At his home in Syria, activist Rami Jarrah, 28, spoke out under the alias Alexander Page. Fearing arrest, he recently fled to Egypt.

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Syrian women stroll past posters of President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Monday. Assad has relied heavily on his security forces as he battles an uprising now in its eighth month.

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Syrians walk in the Hamidiyah market, decorated with portraits of President Bashar Assad and national flags, in the capital Damascus on Oct. 5. The European Union has intensified economic sanctions against Syria, but the crackdown against anti-regime protesters is unlikely to stop, Syrians say.

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Protesters opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad burn an effigy of him during Friday prayers in Tripoli, Lebanon.

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