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War & Conflict Breaking News: Syrian Troops Advance Against Rebels in Damascus


Heavy clashes between President Bashar Assad's forces and rebels broke out on the edge of the Syrian capital, where the government has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months.

Mohamed ElBaradei, A leading egyptian reform advocate, took office as Egypt's interim vice president, reinforcing the role in the new leadership of liberals who are strongly opposed to the deposed president's Muslim Brotherhood. ElBaradei emerged as the top opposition leader in the campaign to oust President Mohammed Morsi, who was toppled by the military on July 3 after four days of huge demonstrations.

Authorities dais bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of daily-violence rippling across Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.