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Cease-Fire Called in Beleaguered Homs, Syrian Rebels to Flee City

Cease-Fire Called in Beleaguered Homs, Syrian Rebels to Flee City
The Syrian government and the rebels revolting called a 48-hour truce in the city of Homs, so that rebels who have been trapped there can retreat. The city, called the "capital of the revolution," was one of the first great victories for the rebels, but has since been under a steady stream of bombardment and artillery fire.
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UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
Inspectors entrusted with the enormous task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles began their mission Monday, flying to Lebanon en route to Syria, where their first priority will be to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline. Syria's Foreign Minister said the government refuses to sit down for talks with members of the main Western-backed opposition groups, putting a damper on U.S.-Russian efforts to hold a peace conference with the two sides by mid-November.
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