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Turkey sends delegation to Syria

Turkey has sent a delegation to Syria in an attempt to help the government there implement reforms that, it is hoped, will cool down tensions in a nation where, it is estimated, 500 people have been killed at the hands of security forces, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Video shows a convoy of tanks, reportedly heading to Dara, to put down demonstrations there.

There are indications that President Bashar Assad is losing support, as, human rights activists tell the Associated Press, hundreds of people have quit the ruling Baath Party in protest of the bloody crackdown that began in earnest on Good Friday.

As the violence and arrests continue, failure at the UN Security Council to come up with a statement of condemnation, frustrating the United States.

In the UK, the Syrian ambassador’s invitation to Friday’s Royal Wedding, the Telegraph reports, has been withdrawn in protest over the continuing violence.

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