Syria ceasefire plea

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria Maj Gen Robert Mood has called on president Bashar Assad and the country's opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous ceasefire to take hold. The UN has authorised 300 observers to enter the country.

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Syrian state TV reports grenade attack on Central Bank

Militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the Central Bank building in Damascus and also attacked a police patrol in the capital, wounding four police, state television has reported.

It said the attack on the Central Bank by "an armed terrorist group" caused only slight damage, and security forces were chasing the attackers of the police patrol.

Activists in the capital reported hearing several explosions and gunfire.

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