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Syrian Forces Kill Mourners at A funeral, raising death toll to 47(Bloomberg)

Syrian forces killed at least three people in a funeral procession today for eight anti-government activists killed yesterday, raising the two-day death toll to at least 47, the Associated Pressreported.

President Barack Obama is seeking to push pro-democracy movements that ousted longtime leaders in Tunisia and Egypt to create broader, regional changes, including a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. In a May 19 speech, Obama urged an end to crackdowns on protesters and told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a peaceful transition to democracy or “get out of the way.”

Amre Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, says Assad, whose family has ruled the country for 40 years, could remain in power if he “accelerates the pace towards reform.”

“It is possible, but for a very short window of opportunity,” Moussa, a former foreign minister ofEgypt, said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” scheduled to air tomorrow.

Protesters in Bahrain have also faced government crackdowns. In Libya, rebels are engaged with a civil war with forces loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi and Moussa said he doubted Qaddafi had the same chance as Assad.

“After all this bloodshed and all this confrontation, I don’t think Libya can get back to the status quo as if nothing happened,” Moussa said.

Qaddafi Hiding

Qaddafi, who is “effectively” in hiding, has only limited ability to communicate with his loyalist forces as a result of NATO’s air campaign, an alliance spokesman said yesterday.

Crude oil for June delivery rose $1.05 to close at $99.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday. The prices fell 16 cents this week and have risen 15 percent since the Libya rebellion began February 17.

Syria’s National Organization for Human Rights, whose leader Ammar Qurabi is in Turkey, said 44 people were killed yesterday, most in the province of Idlib and the central region of Homs. Syria, which has blamed the violence on armed gangs, said 17 died in the Friday clashes.

At least 900 people have died since Syrians began protesting against Assad’s 11-year rule two months ago, according to the Associated Press. The news service reported that tens of thousands of people took part in the funeral today.

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