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State Dept. orders closure of Syrian embassy, Houston consulate 


The U.S. State Department on Tuesday ordered the Syrian embassy in Washington, D.C., and honorary consulates in Houston and Troy, Mich., to immediately suspend operations.

"In consideration of the atrocities of the Assad regime has committed against the Syrian people, we have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States," Daniel Rubenstein, special envoy for Syria said in a statement. "Syrian diplomats at the embassy and Syrian honorary consulates are no longer permitted to perform diplomatic or consular functions and those who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents must depart the United States."...