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Explosion near hotel in Syria

Syrian state television has reported a "terrorist explosion" near a hotel and government-run labour union in capital Damascus, according to Reuters.

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Syrian rebels secure north-south corridor

Syrian rebels attacked a military airport in the country' north in a push to cut off the country's biggest city Aleppo from the capital Damascus, and secure a strategic north-south corridor.

Damaged buildings are pictured in the Qastal al-Harami area, in Aleppo city. Credit: Reuters

Despite ragged command-and-control and few heavy weapons, the rebels have gained control over the rural north and border crossings to Turkey after 19 months of conflict and now seek to isolate Aleppo from Assad's power fulcrum in Damascus.

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