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  • The minaret of a famed 12th century Sunni mosque in the northern city of Aleppo was destroyed as both sides traded blame for the attack.

    FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 22, 1973 file photo, cars are parked outside the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian state media and anti-government activists said Wednesday, April 24, 2013 that the minaret of the famed Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo has been destroyed. The 12th century mosque fell into rebel hands earlier this year after heavy fighting that damaged the historic compound. The area around it, however, remains contested. Syrian troops are about 200 metres (yards) away.(AP Photo/Azad, File)
    LAST UPDATE : Apr 24, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT
  • Pope Francis called the abduction "a dramatic confirmation of the tragic situation in which the Syrian population and its Christian community is living."

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 23, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT
  • Syrian rebels captured a string of security posts and the local police headquarters despite heavy government shelling and bombing runs by warplanes, activists said.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT
  • An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 29, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT