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Human Rights Watch calls on Assad regime to cease use of the shrapnel-stuffed aerial bombs
Death toll would mark the deadliest two days of fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to pro-rebel group
Opponents note only a fraction of detainees freed in previous amnesties, leaving thousands jailed and at risk of abuse
Many Syrians will not be able to access polling stations on for the presidential election Tuesday
Incumbent Assad appears certain to win election that government critics and the opposition have slammed as a farce
Assad regime's tilt toward Russia comes at the expense of French
Of the tens of thousands of expatriates flocking to their embassy to vote, a majority voiced support for Assad's rule.
Withdrawal was part of a cease-fire agreement with government; reasons for delay remain unclear
Homs, once called 'capital of the revolution,' was one of first cities to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad