Violence dims Syria truce hopes; 100 killed

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in KafranbelSyrian troops pounded opposition areas on Saturday, activists said, killing more than 100 people in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week’s U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed. Each side has accused the other of intensifying assaults in the run-up to the truce due to take effect early on Thursday if government forces begin pulling back from towns 48 hours earlier in line with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. …

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