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A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

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Activists: Syrian Assault Leaves More Than 250 Dead

Feb 4, 2012
Originally published on February 4, 2012 1:05 pm

In Syria, the death toll is rising after what activists and opposition leaders are calling a massive offensive by pro-government troops in the city of Homs. Activists say at least 250 have been killed in what may be the single most violent day since Syria's anti-government uprising began in March.

Activists say the government troops shelled residential areas, reducing scores of houses to rubble, They say the situation on the ground is critical, with hundreds of wounded being treated in makeshift field hospitals and mosques. Many are missing limbs and are in dire need of blood and shelter.

Syrian state media denied the reports by activists, saying the dead were victims of terrorist attacks.

The assault comes as the United Nations Security Council could vote later Saturday on a resolution condemning the violence in Syria. The Council for now has ruled out any military intervention in Syria but plans to back an Arab League initiative calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to abdicate power to a deputy.

Russia has said it won't endorse a measure calling for regime change. U.N. officials say the language in Saturday's resolution might be more vague.

Even so, analysts in the region say the resolution is an important step toward making it clear to the Syrian regime it can no longer use violence against its own people. The resolution calls for Security Council supervision in the coming weeks and includes vague threats of further action if the Syrian government doesn't comply.

The U.N. says more than 5,000 people have died since Syria's anti-government uprising began in March. Activists say that number is much, much higher.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. In Syria, the death toll is rising after what activists and opposition leaders are calling a massive offensive by pro-government troops in the city of Homs. Activists say at least 250 people have been killed in what could be the single-most violent day since Syria's anti-government uprising began last March. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports from Beirut.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Activists say government troops shelled residential areas, reducing scores of houses to rubble, and killing civilians, including women and children. They say the situation on the ground is critical, with hundreds of wounded being treated in makeshift field hospitals and mosques. Many are missing limbs and are in dire need of blood and shelter.

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MCEVERS: In this video, calls to prayer and anti-government protest chants can be heard over heavy gunfire.

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MCEVERS: Syrian state media denied the reports by activists, saying the dead were victims of terrorist attacks. The violence comes as the United Nations Security Council could vote later today on a resolution condemning the violence in Syria. The Council for now has ruled out any military intervention in Syria but plans to back an Arab League initiative calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to abdicate power to a deputy. Russia has said it won't endorse a measure calling for regime change. U.N. officials say the language in Saturday's resolution might be more vague. Even so, analysts in the region say the resolution is an important step toward making it clear to the Syrian regime it can no longer use violence against its own people. The resolution calls for Security Council supervision in the coming weeks and includes vague threats of further action if the Syrian government doesn't comply. The U.N. says more than 5,000 people have died since Syria's anti-government uprising began in March. Activists say that number is much, much higher. Kelly McEvers, NPR News, Beirut. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.