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President Bashar al-Assad could have avoided the bloody civil war in Syria by responding more quickly to demands for change, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on Russian television.
In comments to Russia's English-language state television network Russia Today, Putin repeated Russia is not acting as an advocate for Assad but also broadly blamed the West for violent upheaval in the Middle East.
At least 14 people were killed and 31 wounded after two bombs exploded in a central Damascus square today, Syrian state television said.
Quoting a police source, the TV station said the bombs were left in bags outside shops in Marjeh Square in the heart of the Syrian capital.
Three people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in two suicide blasts in central Damascus, Syrian official sources said.