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Syria defies world reproach with new army raids

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BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian army launched raids on restive areas Tuesday, defying growing international reproach over the regime's deadly crackdown on a five-month-old uprising as Turkey's foreign minister met with President Bashar Assad to express his concern.

Envoys from India, Brazil and South Africa also headed to Damascus to press for an end to the bloodshed, which activists say has killed about 1,700 people since March.

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