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Aug 12, 2011 12:38 PM by AP

Clinton presses world to shut tap on Syrian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States wants a global embargo on Syrian oil and gas.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says countries buying fuel from Syria should "get on the right side of history" and not provide President Bashar Assad's government any financial support for its crackdown.

She also wants arms sales to Syria halted.

Clinton said Friday that international opinion is hardening against Assad's regime.

Some European countries, China and India have energy investments in Syria. Russia sells it weapons.

But Clinton suggested that tougher international action might come soon.

She said Assad "has lost the legitimacy to lead and it is clear that Syria would be better off without him."

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