Across in Syria, at least four people were reportedly killed in crackdowns on anti-government protests on Sunday. The ongoing violence in the country has left more than two and a half thousand dead in the past few months. Moscow's stepping up its efforts to mediate a peaceful solution to the conflict. A team of Russian lawmakers is on the ground on a fact-finding mission in the country. They say Damascus appears to be committed to Democratic reform. The Kremlin is also circulating a draft resolution at the UN that's aimed at urging the warring sides towards dialogue. Moscow's approach rivals the U.S.-backed draft, which targets Damascus and urges President Assad to step down. Political analyst Michel Chossudovsky says the Russian delegation will have its hands full in Syria.
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