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Jul 10, 2012 12:27 AM

Annan says he and Assad agree on 'an approach' to peace

DAMASCUS, Syria - International envoy Kofi Annan is looking for help from Iran, a staunch ally of Syria, as he tries to rescue his Syrian peace effort.

He flew to Tehran after meeting in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar Assad. And Annan says he and Assad had agreed on a new approach to stop the violence, which activists say has killed more than 17,000 people since March of last year.

Russia, another strong ally of the Syrian regime, said today it won't sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation there calms down. But a Russian official says his government will continue with exports that were agreed to previously.

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