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Latest on Syria: Obama Pledges Pressure; Violence Continues

By: AP
By: AP
Syrian President Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States will keep up pressure on Syria's leader to stop the "slaughter"
of civilians.

Obama says it is "imperative" that the world unite in its
condemnation of the Syrian military onslaught on civilians.

Civilians are under siege in the restive city of Homs, among other
places, and thousands have died.

Obama says the world cannot be a bystander to the violence, but he did not give specifics about what the U.S. or other countries could really do to help.

Obama says "it is time to stop the killing of Syrian citizens by their own government."

Obama spoke in Washington shortly after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used strong language to denounce Russia and
China for protecting Syria..

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A vote is scheduled Sunday in Syria on a
new charter that would create a multi-party system.

But forces opposing President Bashar Assad see the constitutional referendum as a ploy to dodge international pleas for him to step aside.

Attacks on rebel enclaves continued Saturday, and activists say at least 89 people were killed.

The Assad regime's relentless assault on the city of Homs, which
has emerged as the heart of the revolt, entered its fourth week
with government shelling killing at least 19 people Saturday.

A team from the Syrian Red Crescent evacuated 27 people from the
area Friday, seven of them wounded, but was not able to free
journalists trapped there.

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