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Dozens Dead in Latest Syrian Clashes

AFP/Getty Images(DERAA, Syria) -- At least 60 people were killed by Syrian security forces when many of them gathered following Friday prayers. It was the bloodiest day in the last five weeks of protesting, according to BBC News.

The Syrian state news agency said that security forces used tear gas and water cannons “to prevent clashes between protesters and citizens and protect public property.” State news did not immediately confirm any deaths, but said only that “some” had been injured.

These latest casualties come just a day after the country’s state of emergency was lifted, and among continued calls for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian Protesters Continue Calls for Regime Change

AFP/Getty Images (file)(HOMS, Syria) -- Thousands of Syrian protesters reportedly launched a sit-in Monday in the third-largest city of Homs, after clashes killed over a dozen people in the past day. They came after President Bashar al-Assad's unprecedented offer of reform, saying he would open the way to political parties and lift the 50-year emergency law.

Analysts say protesters are undeterred, calling for regime change even while others in Syria fear any alternative to President Assad.

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New Syrian Government Sworn in Amid Unrest

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(AMMAN, Syria) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed his newly appointed Cabinet during a swearing in ceremony Saturday in a broadcast to the nation.

The speech comes after a tumultuous week for the war-torn nation as violence between pro-government forces and protesters continued to plague the country.

Both sides have had a hand in the fighting. Over the last week a local news agency reported that a policeman was beaten to death with stones by protesters. The week also marked the funeral of a man thought to be shot by pro-government forces.

President Bashar al-Assad's speech also comes just days after he ordered the release of activists arrested during anti-government protests, and a day after protests intensified against his rule. He announced the new government Thursday.

The government now includes Bath Party member Adel Safar, the previous agricultural minister who will now serve as prime minister. It also includes Ali Habib as defense minister and Walid al-Muallem as foreign minister. All other members are new.

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Bloody Day In Syria As Unrest Continues

-/AFP/Getty Images(DERAA, Syria) -- A crackdown by Syrian state security on anti-government demonstrators left at least 13 people dead Friday, as forces opened fire on thousands of protesters in the southern city of Deraa.

Organizers of the demonstrations have called on Syrians to take to the streets every Friday until their demands for reforms are met.

Protesters argue that proposals set forth by President Bashar al-Assad do not go far enough.

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