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Arab League moves to suspend Syria

Regime is given four days to fulfill peace agreement

Supporters of President Bashar Assad displayed portraits of him at the entrance of the Qatari Embassy in Damascus. The Arab League is putting pressure on the dictator. Supporters of President Bashar Assad displayed portraits of him at the entrance of the Qatari Embassy in Damascus. The Arab League is putting pressure on the dictator. (Bassem Tellawi/Associated Press)
By Neil Macfarquhar
New York Times / November 13, 2011

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The Arab League moved to suspend Syria’s membership yesterday, accusing the government of President Bashar Assad of defying an agreement to stop the violent repression of demonstrators, and it threatened economic and political sanctions if he did not comply. In acting against Syria, a core member of the Arab League, the group took another bold step beyond what had been a long tradition of avoiding controversy. Alarmed by the region-spanning upheaval of the Arab Spring demonstrations, league delegates said they were trying to head off another factional war like Libya’s.

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