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Facade of calm fading fast in Damascus as rebels reach the capital

By: Phil Sands DAMASCUS, Syria – A normal Wednesday morning in the southern suburbs of Damascus; the air still cool from the night before, the birds singing, the shadows cast by the cedar trees still long on the ground. A … Continue reading

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Activists say Syrian troops fire on Damascus funeral, killing 30

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Opposition activists said Syrian forces killed more than 30 people on Saturday when they fired a mortar bomb into a funeral procession in Damascus for a man who died in shelling 24 hours earlier. They said amateur … Continue reading

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World powers to push Russia on Syria solution

The urgency of their task was underscored on Friday as Syrian government forces bombarded the Damascus suburb of Douma with unparalleled ferocity in a desperate attempt by Mr Assad to reclaim full control of his capital city. Later in the … Continue reading

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Syrian Groups Say Bloody Day Left High Toll of Civilians

By: Rob Nordland Syria’s opposition on Friday reported the deadliest 24-hour period so far in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and said rebel fighters had seized two Syrian generals, one of them the highest-ranking officer to fall into insurgent … Continue reading

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Syria shelling kills dozens in rebel town

Government troops rained tank and artillery shells down on a rebellious suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus Friday, killing at least 43 people over two days, opposition groups and activists said. The barrage is part of a fierce government … Continue reading

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Strong explosion rocks Syria’s capital

A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday near a busy market and the country’s highest court, wounding at least three people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky. The blast came as tensions threatened to spread across … Continue reading

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Explosion in central Damascus

A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the sky Al Jazeera reported The state TV said the explosion was in the parking lot of the Palace of Justice, a compound that houses several courts. … Continue reading

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Turkey Deploys Antiaircraft Units Along Syrian Border

By: Sebnem Arsu, Alan Cowell, and Rod Nordland ISTANBUL, Turkey — As diplomats prepared for a weekend meeting to revive stalled Syria peace efforts, regional tensions swirling around the 16-month-old crisis ticked higher on Thursday as Turkey said it was … Continue reading

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Blasts erupt near Syrian Justice Ministry

A day after attackers bombed a pro-government TV station, massive explosions shook the heart of Damascus near the Justice Ministry, the state-run media said. Two blasts occurred in a parking lot Thursday outside the Palace of Justice, which houses the … Continue reading

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In Brazen TV Raid, Syria and Rebels Differ Over Attackers

By: Rod Nordland BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus suburb, killing employees and blowing up the station in an audacious predawn assault, but rebels said the attackers were defectors from … Continue reading

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