May 31, 2011 The boy's family allowed an activist to make a video of Hamza's body. His family says he was tortured and mutilated by forces loyal to the Syrian regime. Now Hamza is being used by opponents of President Assad as a rallying cry.
May 27, 2011 Protests continue in both countries as demands grow for reform and for leaders to step aside.
May 24, 2011 The International Atomic Energy Agency's findings will put renewed focus on the two nations' nuclear ambitions.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on May 16, 2011.
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May 19, 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn quits as chief of IMF; there's talk about selecting his replacement; Syria condemns the U.S. for sanctioning its president, Bashar al-Assad; Japan goes into recession after quake disaster; a virus is killing horses in the western U.S. and Canada.
May 18, 2011 It's hoped, the administration says, that the moves pressure the Assad regime to "end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people."
May 18, 2011 Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, says Syrian security troops have made mistakes in the past several weeks as officers crush a civilian uprising.
May 18, 2011 She disappeared on April 29 and reportedly was sent to Iran before being released. Parvaz is a citizen of the U.S., Canada and Iran.
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May 13, 2011 Martin Fletcher, from The Times of London, just spent six days there and says there's more support for President Bashar Assad than is being reported outside Syria.
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May 11, 2011 She went missing on April 29 after she arrived in Damascus to report for Al-Jazeera about the ongoing protests against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. She is a U.S, Canadian and Iranian citizen.
May 10, 2011 President Bashar Assad and his supporters "must accept a political change" that leads to a multi-party form of government, says writer Yassin Haj Saleh, who was kept in prison by the regime for 16 years. Syria's people, he says, will accept no less.
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A mobile phone image acquired by the AP of Syrian protesters in Banias, Syria on Thursday, May 5, 2011.
May 6, 2011 Both Al Jazeera and the Guardian are liveblogging Syria's Day of Defiance, as civilians gather in dozens of small towns and cities to demand the repressive government of Bashir al-Assad give up power.
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May 5, 2011 She was detained by authorities last week and has not been heard from since. Parvaz is a U.S., Canadian and Iranian citizen.
April 29, 2011 Reports are emerging from Syria about security troops attacking thousands of anti-government protesters gathering to express anger on this 'Day of Rage'. The BBC notes Syrian civilians are furious over their treatment by police and are gathering after Friday prayers conclude today.
April 28, 2011 Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says that the target destroyed by Israeli warplanes five years ago "was a reactor under construction" — something that Syrian officials have long denied.
April 27, 2011 Afghan pilot shoots NATO troops; Weather Service issues rare Severe Weather Warning; Syria developments; Federal Reserve Chairman gives a news conference
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