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Syria Arms Sale Suspect Death in Jordan Jail Sparks Anger

Residents of a border town went on an overnight rampage after a Jordanian, who allegedly helped two Syrians buy arms, died in detention, police said on Thursday.

Angry protesters in Ramtha, a town north of Amman and near the border with Syria, set fire to the governor's offices, the courthouse and a police car before a riot squad broke up the demonstration using tear gas.

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Muslim Brotherhood Open to Turkish 'Intervention' in Syria

The leader of Syria's exiled Muslim Brotherhood said Thursday that his compatriots would accept Turkish "intervention" in the country to resolve months of bloody unrest.

"The Syrian people would accept intervention coming from Turkey, rather than from the West, if its goal was to protect the people," Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Riad Shakfa told a press conference.

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Syria Says it will Arrest Any Person Attacking Diplomatic Missions

Syria said it has issued a warning to its citizens that they would be arrested and prosecuted if they took part in further attacks on embassies.

"The interior ministry will take all necessary measures, including the arrest and trial, of any person seeking to attack diplomatic missions," the state news agency SANA reported.

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Kuwait Emir Orders Police to Maintain Order Day after Protestors Storm Parliament

Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, on Thursday ordered the national guard and security forces to take all "necessary" measures to maintain security in the Gulf state.

The order was issued in a statement by the cabinet which held an emergency meeting chaired by the emir, a day after opposition-led protesters calling for the premier's resignation stormed the parliament building.

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General Assembly Resolution to Seek Syrian Rights Condemnation

Germany, Britain and France are pressing for a U.N. resolution that would strongly condemn Syria's human rights violations and call for an immediate halt to all violence in the country.

The three European countries decided to move ahead with the General Assembly resolution after the Arab League confirmed its suspension of Syria Wednesday and gave Bashar Assad's government three days to halt the violence against civilians and accept an observer mission or face economic sanctions.

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Lavrov Says Syria Rebel Attacks May Lead to 'Full-Scale Civil War'

Damascus' Russian ally said Thursday that attacks by renegade Syrian troops risked plunging the country into civil war and accused foreign powers of fanning the flames by supporting the opposition.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was speaking after talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, piling more pressure on his increasingly isolated regime.

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UAE: Iranian Official's Son Died of Medicine Overdose

The son of a top Iranian official whose body was found in a Dubai hotel last weekend died of an overdose of anti-depression and schizophrenia medicine, United Arab Emirates police said.

A forensic investigation "rules out any criminal suspicion" in the death of Ahmed Rezaei, 35, Dubai's police chief, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan, said late Wednesday, according to the state news agency WAM.

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Juppe Says Syrian Opposition Must Get Organized

The Syrian National Council opposed to the regime of Bashar Assad needs to be better organized before any official recognition of it, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Thursday.

"The SNC must get organized," Juppe told RMC radio, excluding immediate official recognition of the confederation of most anti-Assad groups protesting Assad's regime in Syria.

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Iraq Executes Tunisian for 2006 Samarra Shrine Bombing

Iraq has executed a Tunisian man convicted of involvement in a 2006 attack on a revered Shiite shrine that unleashed a wave of sectarian bloodshed, a justice ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

The ministry "executed 11 people on Wednesday, including a Tunisian convicted of involvement in the bombing of al-Askari shrine in Samarra in 2006," the spokesman said, asking to have his name withheld.

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China 'Highly Concerned' about Syria, Calls for Speedy Implementation of Arab Deal

China said Thursday it was "highly concerned" about the situation in Syria, where the regime is being pressed to end a violent crackdown on protests and implement an Arab League peace plan.

Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has so far failed to comply with the peace plan -- signed on November 2 -- to end its crackdown on protests, which the United Nations says has left at least 3,500 people dead since March.

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