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UN chief urges stronger global action on Syria's Assad

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today urged the international community to take stronger action against Syria, expressing frustration with a lack of unity among UN members about how best to deal with President Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising.

Mr. Ban has tried for months through diplomatic means to force the regime force the regime to abandon its crackdown and acquiesce to protesters' demands for reform, securing a pledge from Mr. Assad when the two last spoke on Aug. 17 to halt the violence. But dozens more protesters have since been killed in clashes with Syrian security forces, and Ban said it was "too late" for Assad to correct his course, the Associated Press reports.

Ban, speaking from the sidelines of a meeting in New Zealand today, declined to discuss the possibility of a military intervention, however.

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