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Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10

BEIRUT (AP) -- Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, the killing continues in Syria -- and the head of the United Nations calls the regime's continued clampdown on opponents "intolerable."

Ten people were killed in a suicide bombing in Damascus today and activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crowd carrying a slain boy to U.N. observers as proof of regime violence.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the U.N. will try to speed up deployment of up to 300 monitors to Syria. Only 15 are there now.

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets across Syria for weekly anti-regime marches after Muslim noon prayers today.

Troops have routinely opened fire on such protests since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began 13 months ago, but there appeared to be fewer violent incidents today than in previous weeks.

A plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan proposed an April 12 cease-fire, followed by talks between the regime and the opposition, but since then, the U.N. has said the regime has broken many of its truce promises.

With the U.S. and France in the lead, Western powers have threatened tougher U.N. Security Council measures if Assad keeps breaking his promises, although Syria's allies Russia and China could use their veto powers in the council to shield him.

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