The death toll in Syria's civil war has passed 45,000, a watchdog said Wednesday, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi looked to Russia for help in his faltering bid to find a negotiated settlement.
Residents of the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk in the Syrian capital Damascus return to their homes on December 20, 2012 after fighting had sent them fleeing. The death toll in Syria's civil war has topped 45,000, a watchdog said Wednesday, as a new push by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table appeared to have failed.
Washington meanwhile gave a cautious welcome to reports that Syria's army police chief had defected to the opposition.
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