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Syria soldiers 'defect and flee'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has admitted he is "deeply frustrated" by the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. He said sanctions against Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime were working, but urged for quicker action to oust the leader.

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Turk jets scramble after Syria aircraft near border

Turkey's armed forces command said it had scrambled a total of six F-16 fighter jets in three separate incidents responding to Syrian military helicopters approaching the border on Saturday, but there was no violation of Turkish airspace.

It said in a statement four of the jets had scrambled from Incirlik air base in southern Turkey in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay.

Two other F-16s took off from a base in Batman after Syrian helicopters were spotted close to the border south of the Turkish province of Mardin.

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