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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:52 PM

TURKEY RETALIATES FOR 6TH DAY OF SYRIAN SHELLING

Source: AP

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Turkish military retaliated with artillery fire for a sixth straight day Monday after a Syrian shell hit its territory, and Turkey's president warned that "the worst-case scenario we have all been dreading" is unfolding in Syria and along its borders.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on the international community to do more to try to end Syria's nearly 19-month-old conflict, which has claimed more than 30,000 lives and - with Turkey-Syria tensions rising - heightened fears of a regional conflagration.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday warned that the escalating conflict on the Syrian-Turkish border is "extremely dangerous."

The main Syrian opposition group, meanwhile, signaled it is softening its position on possible talks to arrange a political transition.

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