Syria blasts 'kill fourteen'

At least 14 people were killed and 31 wounded after two bombs exploded in a central Damascus square today, Syrian state television said.

Putin: Assad could have avoided civil war in Syria

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken of the Syrian civil war in a television interview. Credit: Reuters

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.

Damascus devastation after suicide blasts

Twin suicide blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus have left at least 14 dead, says state TV. Credit: Sana
A bomb attack six weeks ago in the same place - Marjeh Square - killed 13 people. Credit: Sana
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of the casualties were police. Credit: Sana

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