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Syrian dissidents seek unified opposition

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At least 200 Syrian dissidents met near Damascus on Saturday in a bid to unite the country’s opposition groups.

The meeting follows seven months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad. His family has ruled the country for the past four decades.

Last week in Istanbul, Syrian dissidents chose 140 people to form a “national council” against Assad.

The attempt to present a united front came one day after 44 people died during anti-government protests on Friday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wants the international community to act and take “coherent measures” against Assad’s regime. The world body estimates that 2,600 people have lost their lives since the uprising began.