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World leaders expel Syrian diplomats

Almost a dozen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France, have announced that they would be expelling Syrian diplomats from their countries in response to the Houla massacre that took the lives of 108 people last Friday. A United Nations report says most of those killed were summarily executed. Another UN official said that it is “clear” that Syrian government forces were involved in the massacre. The Syrian government denies being behind the killings and insists terrorists carried them out. UN and Arab League’s special envoy Kofi Annan has met with Syrian President Bashal al-Assad in Damascus, but prospects of Syria adopting Annan’s 6-point peace plan remain bleak.

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