Assad wins Syrian election with '88.7% of vote'

President Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian presidential election with 88.7% of the vote, according to the parliament's speaker.

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Aleppo hit by fresh airstrikes as Syrians go to the polls

An injured girl is carried from the scene of an airstrike which rebels said was carried out by Assad's forces. Credit: Reuters

Aleppo was struck by fresh mortar attacks today, rebels said, as Syrians went to the polls in the first multi-party election the country has held for 50 years.

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A building destroyed in today's attack, which rebels said was carried out by forces loyal to president Assad. Credit: Reuters

Activists said barrel bombs were dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president in the Kalaseh area of Aleppo.

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