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2 Killed, 5 Bodies Found in Syria's Homs

Syrian security forces killed two people, including a teenager, and another five bodies were found in the flashpoint central province of Homs on Tuesday, activists said.

"Two people died and two were wounded by gunfire south of the industrial town of Rastan" near Homs, where they were employed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France Presse, adding one of those killed was aged 15.

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Turkey Freezes All Ties with Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a total freeze on military and trade ties with Israel and threatened Tuesday to visit Gaza as the one-time allies' diplomatic spat intensified.

Only hours after Israel said the continued presence of its defense attache at the embassy in Ankara indicated there was no definitive break with Turkey, Erdogan declared a suspension to all military and commercial relations.

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Ban Urges World to Unite, Take ‘Coherent Measures’ Against Syria

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world community on Tuesday to take action on the situation in Syria.

While Ban stopped short of calling for military intervention, he delivered some of his strongest statements yet condemning the violence he says Syrian President Bashar Assad is perpetrating against his people. Ban said it is time for U.N. member nations to unite and take "coherent measures."

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Israel Bombs Gaza after Rocket Fire

Israeli war planes bombed an alleged weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip overnight after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory, Israel's army said on Tuesday.

The rocket landed in southern Israel but caused no damage or injuries, the army said. There were no immediate reports from Gaza of injuries from the Israeli strike.

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Spokesman: Gadhafi in Top Health, Planning Defense

Moammar Gadhafi is in top health and planning his country's defense, his spokesman said, as new regime fighters voiced concern over civilians trapped in the besieged town of Bani Walid.

While anti-Gadhafi fighters were poised to strike at the loyalist oasis town at the slightest hint of provocation, Gadhafi's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim insisted that the toppled leader was busy planning to re-take his country.

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NATO Chief Says Libya Mission Closer to End

NATO's mission in Libya has moved significantly closer to success and will end soon, the military alliance's secretary general said on Monday.

"Our operation to protect civilians has moved significantly closer to success, but we are not there yet," Rasmussen told a news conference, reiterating that air strikes will continue as long as civilians are under threat.

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Red Cross Granted Access to Damascus Prison for 1st Time

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday it was for the first time granted access to a Syrian detention center.

"The Syrian authorities have granted the ICRC access to a place of detention for the first time," ICRC president Jakob Kellenberger, who held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, said in a statement.

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Iraq's Sadr Gives Govt. 'Last Chance' for Reform

Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday he is giving the Iraqi government a "last chance" to implement reforms, or popular demonstrations would be called.

"This is the last chance before setting a date for open, peaceful, popular demonstrations," Sadr said in a statement released by his office in the holy city of Najaf, without specifying how much time he was giving the government.

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Iran to Give IAEA 'Full Supervision' if Sanctions Lifted

Iran is ready to give the International Atomic Energy Agency "full supervision" of its nuclear program for five years if U.N. sanctions are lifted, its nuclear chief said in remarks published Monday.

"We have proposed that the agency keep Iran's activities and nuclear program under full supervision for five years, providing the sanctions are lifted," the nuclear chief, Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, told ISNA news agency.

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Iran Repeats Call for Syrian Government-Opposition Talks

Tehran reiterated its hope Monday that the crisis in Syria, its main ally in the region, could be resolved "through dialogue and not violence."

Iran "is certain that the Syrian people and the government have the capacity to gain national development through dialogue and refraining from any violence," Hassan Ghashghavi, deputy foreign minister in charge of consular affairs, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

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