Aftermath of Damascus car bombing

Damascus car bombing
Security forces shut down the wrecked site in the Old City quarter after the blast. Credit: EVN
Damascus car bombing
The bombing came as President Assad opened talks with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Credit: EVN

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UN envoy: Syria crisis worsens

The crisis in Syria has deteriorated sharply, the international peace envoy for the country has said. Lakhdar Brahimi, though, said he believed a solution was still possible in 2013 under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.