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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Turkey scrambles jets to guard Syrian border

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

It said in a statement the jets had been scrambled from Incirlik air base in southern Turkey in response to Syrian helicopters flying south of the Turkish province of Hatay, within 2-2.5 miles of the Turkish border.

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