Syria nearer to sign Arab plan, crackdown continues

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets with envoys of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad (C),and MP Ezzat al-Shahbandar (L) in Damascus December 17, 2011, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA .REUTERS/SANA/Handout